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Joel Polanco
Jun 30, 2023 ⋅ 5 min read

Is product management going away? Why Airbnb got rid of its PMs

Joel Polanco Senior product leader with experience in B2B, enterprise IoT, edge computing, and analytics. Joel specializes in product incubation and growing new revenue streams. He currently leads an industry thought leadership team at Intel and is a product management advisor at two startups. He lives in Chandler, AZ with his wife and son.

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2 Replies to "Is product management going away? Why Airbnb got rid of its PMs"

  1. If AirBNB is so “design focused”, how come they still don’t allow users to do basic user-centric things like sort by price?

    Theh seem to be “revenue focused” to me. Every time I have to use AirBNB I find myself cursing at how painful the app makes the most simple of tasks.

    1. Hi Bob – Airbnb has been receiving a lot of criticism over the last few years about being overly focused on revenue, you are 100% correct. If you listen to Chesky’s talk at Config (link in the article), he talks about how the company grew from being design-focused into a corporate juggernaut pre-ipo which caused the kinds of problems you are highlighting. Historically, Airbnb had a much smoother interface than its main rival VRBO and as a result, was able to take the lion’s share of the market.

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