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Hello Valentin, please tell us about your journey from being a Transport and Mobility Analyst at France Stratégie to becoming a Co-founder & CEO at Harvestr?

VH

With a double background in Business Administration and Engineering, I quickly became interested in the essential role played by Product Management in bridging the gap between business and engineers. My experience as a Product Marketer at Fairphone convinced me even more that product-led organizations were the ones that can transform entire industries and have a real impact on users’ daily lives. In 2017, I met my two co-founders, and we decided to create Harvestr with the ambition to help all companies become product-led and build outstanding products for their customers.

How does Harvestr integrate customer data and software development tools, and why is it beneficial to the users? 
VH

Harvestr aggregates customer feedback and data from support and CRM tools to give product teams a complete overview of customer problems and improvement opportunities. The platform is also connected with software development tools like Jira and Trello in order to synchronize product discovery and feature delivery.

The days of product managers being whiteboard jockeys are long gone; there are many product management tools in the market. Who do you think are your biggest competitors in the industry, and how do you differ from them?
VH

The product management space is indeed very active, with more and more tools serving product managers and their teams’ needs. Harvestr differentiates itself from other players by providing an all-in-one platform that centralizes relevant customer data from all sources to help product teams make informed roadmap decisions. Thanks to our integrations, product teams get unique insights that help them better understand customer problems and evaluate the impact of what they are building.

You are a prolific writer. You are the author of ‘The Ultimate Guide to Remote Product Management.’ What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning? 
VH

Writing about remote product management was not too much of a hassle for us because 1) we are a remote team ourselves, and 2) we speak with remote product teams around the world on a daily basis. This guide is simply the result of learnings gathered from these two experiences and that we wanted to share with the rest of the product community in times when they were needed.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, work from home has become the new normal, and companies are drawn towards remote product management tools. How has that impacted Harvestr?
VH

We have not been impacted in our internal organization because we were already working remotely before COVID-19. That means we had the culture and processes to go through such a situation, and they proved to be robust. From a business perspective, we are also fortunate to be part of the tools that help teams work remotely, and this should only intensify for the years to come.

Apart from work, what all keeps you occupied? Any hobbies that you would like to share with us?
VH

 I love reading, hiking, and spending time with my friends.

What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs who are hoping to stand out in the already saturated technology market?
VH

Find a problem worth solving, solve it better than others do, stay focused, and be tenacious.

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Posted in Interviews By Uzma Abdulla   Date March 12, 2021

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