Radhika Dutt on Leading Change through Radical Product Thinking (#019)

About Radhika Dutt

Radhika is an entrepreneur and product leader who has participated in four acquisitions, two of which were companies that she founded. She advises organizations from high-tech startups to government agencies on building radical products that create a fundamental change.

She is currently Advisor on Product Thinking to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore’s financial regulator and central bank. 

She also teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at Northeastern’s D’Amore McKim School of Business.

She graduated from MIT with an SB and M.Eng in Electrical Engineering, and speaks nine languages, currently learning her tenth.

Listen to the Episode

This Episode is also available on: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Anchor.FM

  1. Connect with Radhika
  2. Radical Product Thinking
  3. Lean Startup
  4. Agile Methodologies
  5. Patrick Winston
  6. BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)
  7. Vision Statements
  8. Tesla
  9. Chevrolet
  10. Hall Effect
  11. Singapore
  12. Source Code
  13. APIs
  14. Lijjat
  15. Permanent Record – Edward Snowden
  16. Attack Surface – Cory Doctrow
  17. The Tyranny of Merit – Michael J. Sandel
  18. Invisible Women – Caroline Criado Perez

Show Notes

Radhika’s background and early experiences in building Products [02:50]

On why current Product building processes don’t work [06:03]

On Product Diseases and how they affect Product Development? [12:24]

How to set the right Product Vision [13:59]

Tesla Model 3 vs. Chevy Bolt – Differences in Product Vision when designing and building Electric Vehicles [17:28]

What are the bottlenecks to Vision-driven Thinking at various firms ? [22:25]

Components of a Country-as-a-Product and Singapore as a case [24:39]

How can a Services company think like a Product company ? [30:01]

How to reduce Disconnected Thinking within Product Groups ? [32:54]

How to think about Product Vision like a Source Code [37:40]

How to think about Vision Statements as APIs for Individual Product Teams [39:11]

Examples of Radical Product Thinking from the Developing World [41:48]

Importance of Ethics and Digital Pollution in Product Building [47:09]

Responses to Digital Pollution created by Products [52:46]

Books that have influenced Radhika’s thinking[56:09]

What the word ‘successful’ means to Radhika [57:03]

Radhika’s invitees to her Dream Dinner [59:32]

The five or six pieces of advice Radhika would give an 18 year old studying at University today [1:00:15]

The best piece of advice Radhika has ever received [01:01:07]

What is something Radhika believes in that nobody else agrees with her on? [01:01:55]

Who is somebody as a guest who Radhika would like to see on ContraMinds [01:02:53]

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