Creating Competitive Advantages with Culture: Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer and EVP - Creative Cloud, Adobe
Legends of Retail
"The competitive advantage for a team is simply sticking together long enough to figure it out."Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer and EVP - Creative Cloud at Adobe, knows what separates good teams from great ones. He's a successful startup entrepreneur and a prolific early-stage investor in companies like Warby Parker, Outdoor Voices, Flexport, Pinterest, Uber (and Convictional, of course). In this conversation from our live NYC event, Scott shares some of his leadership insights with Chris. Topics they cover include: How leaders can create a learning organization Why merchandising progress is necessary How to hack short-term rewards systems for long-term success Their conversation was all too brief, but has plenty of leadership insights you can apply to your own organization immediately.Want to be notified of future events like this one? Subscribe to our newsletter. About Scott:Scott Belsky is the Chief Product Officer at Adobe and Executive Vice President at Creative Cloud. He’s an executive, entrepreneur, author, investor, and all-around product obsessive. He co-founded Behance in 2006 and joined Adobe after they acquired Behance in 2012. He’s an early investor in companies like Warby Parker, Outdoor Voices, Flexport, Pinterest, Uber, and Convictional.Scott is also the author of the international bestselling books Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio Imprint, Penguin Books, Apr, 2010), and The Messy Middle (Portfolio Imprint, Penguin Books, Oct, 2018).Scott serves on the Advisory Board of Cornell University's Entrepreneurship Program and the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Scott and his family now live in New York City.Connect with Scott Belsky on LinkedinConnect with Chris Grouchy on LinkedIn or TwitterCheck out Convictional
Scott Belsky is an executive, entrepreneur, author, and investor (and all-around product obsessive). He currently serves as Adobe's Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. Scott's passion is to make the creative world more productive, connected, and adaptive to new technologies. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Millions of people use Behance to display their portfolios, as well as track and find top talent across the creative industries. After Behance's acquisition, Scott helped kick off Creative Cloud’s services and reboot Adobe's mobile product strategy and led Behance until 2016, when he spent a few years as an investor and advisor to multiple businesses. Alongside his role at Adobe, Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design - and help empower people. He is/was an early advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, sweetgreen, Carta, Cheddar, Flexport, Airtable, OpenSea, Ramp, Ro, and Periscope (now part of Twitter) as well as several others in the early stages.Scott is also the author of the international bestselling books Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle.We cover so much ground in this conversation, including how he knows when he can trust an executive, why he sees company culture as an immune system, and why it’s important to extinguish most new ideas.To stay up to date on future episodes and learn more from Alisa, sign up for her newsletter!If you like what you hear, please subscribe to the podcast!Learn more about Scott BelskyFor more stories and advice on founders and CEOs, head to alisacohn.com
EP 14: Lux Capital’s Josh Wolfe Talks Musk, Adobe’s Scott Belsky Talks Twitter, Bolt and Breslow Again, and Entering The Golden Age of Fraud Lawyers
(00:00) Introducing Josh Wolfe(02:41) Elon Musk Buys Twitter Because No One Told Him He Can Buy Other Stuff(39:58) Bolt, Katara, and the World’s Greatest Time to be a Law Firm(56:53) Introducing Scott Belsky(57:18) Trying to Explain Twitter(67:55) Algorithms and Free Speech Follow the show:https://twitter.com/cartoonavatarshttps://www.instagram.com/cartoonavatars/https://www.tiktok.com/@cartoonavatars Follow the hosts:https://twitter.com/loganbartletthttps://twitter.com/wolfejoshhttps://twitter.com/scottbelsky Mixed and edited: Justin HrabovskyProduced: Andrew Nadeau and Rashad AssirExecutive Producer: Josh MachizMusic: Griff Lawson Musk buys Twitter: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/25/technology/twitter-employees-elon-musk.htmlSam Lessin article: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/elon-musk-is-silicon-valleys-new-hero-for-better-or-worseJack Dorsey’s tweet on Musk’s purchase: https://twitter.com/jack/status/1518772753460998145?s=20&t=njyqUGHJChL4oAQdEkkTCwBolt Sued by Forever 21: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-26/forever-21-parent-authentic-brands-sues-bolt-startupKatera sues ex-CEO: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/bankrupt-startup-that-blew-2-billion-from-softbank-sues-ex-ceo-board-directors-over-self-dealingSoftbank cuts spending: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-25/softbank-cuts-back-spending-leaving-startups-desperate-for-cash
Everyone loves talking about starts and finishes, but no one likes talking about the hard part in-between. Join Joe as they embrace the messy middle and attempt to find their way on their own creative projects. Links Support the Show Joe’s Working with OmniFocus course Part-Time YouTuber Academy Ship 30 for 30 Pencil Pirates Bookworm 142: Yes to Life The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky Bookworm #108: The Practice Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky Bookworm #139: Personal Socrates Focused #149: Asking Questions, with Marc Champagne Newsletter: The Power of the Pivot Bookworm #113: The Great Mental Models, Volume 1 30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer StoryBrand Bookwrom #73: The 4-Hour Workweek Steal Like and Artist by Austin Kleon Things That Matter by Joshua Becker Digital Zettelkasten by David Kadavy Bookworm YouTube channel Join the Club Recommend a Book Book List Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 4.5Joe's Rating: 4.5
Join Scott and Steve for a shot of leadership -a quick, actionable tip or 2 to help you be a better leader. In this Shot, Steve and Scott discuss the pearls of wisdom dropped by Scott Belsky in the book Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss.If you like what you hear, please subscribe! You can find us at Apple, Google, and Spotify.We want to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 Product: Scott Belsky on How to Hire Your Product Leader and Team, 3 Questions All Great Product Leaders Ask, How To Structure and Run Effective Product Reviews & Is Product More Art or Science?
The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch
Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. Scott oversees all of product and engineering for Creative Cloud, as well as design for Adobe. In 2006, Scott founded Behance, the leading online platform for the creative industry, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Behance now has over 25M members. Scott is also an early advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, Sweetgreen, Carta, Flexport, Airtable, and several others. Finally, if that was not enough, Scott is the author of two national bestselling books - Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle. In Today’s Episode with Scott Belsky You Will Learn: 1.) Narrow the Focus, Increase the Quality: What does Scott believe is the core challenge in product? What was the single biggest product challenge Scott faced at Behance? How did they overcome it? When should product teams listen to customer feedback vs ignore it? What are the core questions product teams should ask user groups to extract the most feedback and value? 2.) The Importance of the First Mile: What does Scott believe makes a great first mile when it comes to the product experience? Where do so many companies go wrong in creating the first mile user experience? Which company at scale has retained this simplicity of the first mile? How did they do it? What does Scott mean when he says, "the devil is in the defaults"? What can product teams learn from this? 3.) The Makings of a Great Product Leader: What are the 3 core questions every great product leader should ask on every screen? How do the best product leaders structure product reviews? Who is invited to product reviews? How often are they? Who sets the agenda? When is it sent? What do the best product leaders do to retain direction and productivity in reviews when there are many people and many ideas? How do they stay on track? 4.) The Hirings of a Great Product Team: How can founders know whether to hire the product leader or retain the role? When is the right time? What are the single biggest mistakes founders make when hiring their first product hires? How should founders structure the hiring process for product hires? What should they look to gain from each interview? What are the must ask questions in those interviews? How do the best respond? What case studies or physical tests can be done to determine the quality of a candidate?
From the Messy Middle to the Near Future with Adobe's Scott Belsky
How will work and life change in a material way over the next 5 years? That one line, written by guest Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky), was enough to get hosts Sahil Bloom (@sahilbloom) and Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg) to immediately invite the successful entrepreneur and investor onto Where It Happens. But, what started as an exploration of exploding trends turned into a conversation that resulted in, at least, three potential game-changing business ideas. If you're looking to place bets on the future -- or create the next unicorn -- this podcast will leave you with endless opportunities.Want more community? Learn more here: http://trwih.coSPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORSCAPCHASEhttps://www.capchase.com/roomToday’s show is sponsored by Capchase.Capchase is a new financing option for fast-growing startups. They are offering Where It Happens listeners .25% off their first draw, preferred onboarding, and more. Their main product Capchase Grow lets you tap into your future revenue today, meaning you can reinvest in your business faster. We love what they are offering to business owners.To learn more go to capchase.com/roomCOMMONSTOCKhttps://commonstock.com/Why settle for the old model of investing when new options offer you so much transparency to help you grow your wealth? Commonstock is the home of smart money and an innovative social media approach to investing. We both love the platform and have used it to enhance our financial strategy.Commonstock is a social media platform like Reddit, but it removes anonymity and adds transparency. The app lets you see what smart money investors are buying and selling – in real-time – all while letting you see their reason why. This way, you know whether investors have skin in the game, or whether they only talk a big game. It’s a great way to get insights that support your investing strategy.To learn more and sign-up today go to commonstock.com.
598: Reinventing the Digital Landscape with Scott Belsky
As Told By Nomads
In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and Scott Belsky as we speak about what works and what doesn't work in reinventing today's digital landscape. As he recalls his experience on getting an MBA, Scott admits, the value of dropping out would've probably been greater than the value of actually getting it. For him, the elements of genuine impact in a society boil down to creativity and initiative—with or without an MBA. The Great ReassessmentDuring the start of the pandemic, lockdowns were gradually put into place from region to region. Because of this, most people turned to alternative mediums to keep their business going and start new businesses. One media that's an excellent example of that is Tiktok. Because contact was limited, many startup companies and SMEs leveraged the marketing capabilities and reach of the video-sharing app. But how did it all work in an app where everyone is basically just dancing?The formula came with this generation of workers turning their back on the traditional. Because workers saw firsthand how their so-called "secure jobs" didn't secure most of them, this generation of professionals has let go of the corporate dream. As a result, this movement redirected the "dream career" hustle away from tradition and towards whatever aligns with purpose and values. The change we're seeing in the corporate field today is a product of people resigning after a resounding reassessment of what really is vital in a career.Outline of the episode:[04:24]Creativity is what makes the world interesting[08:24]Self-awareness is one of the greatest…[12:57]Where is the creative industry going with this rapid change?[17:58]How can you tell if technological advancement is successful or not?[20:51] We're all born artists; the struggle is to remain an artist. [29:26]Scott Belsky – on crypto, NFTs, and the meme culture[37:31]The value of having an MBA[40:47] What impact makers can expect from an industry of traditional institutionsResources:Website: http://www.scottbelsky.com/Making Ideas Happen, Book: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Ideas-Happen-Overcoming-Obstacles/dp/1591844118/The Messy Middle, Book: https://www.amazon.com/Messy-Middle-Finding-Through-Hardest/dp/0735218072/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=Connect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: https://uydmanagement.com/UYD Collective: https://tayorockson.com/uyd-collectiveLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tayorockson Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcastTwitter: https://twitter.com/TayoRockson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Adobe's Scott Belsky on how NFTs will change creativity
Decoder with Nilay Patel
Adobe is one of those companies that I don’t think we pay enough attention to — it’s been around since 1982, and the entire creative economy runs through its software. You don’t just edit a photo, you Photoshop it. We spend a lot of time on Decoder talking about the creator economy, but creators themselves spend all their time working in Adobe’s tools. On this episode, I’m talking to Scott Belsky, chief product officer at Adobe, about the new features coming to their products, many of which focus on collaboration, and about creativity broadly — who gets to be a creative, where they might work, and how they get paid.TranscriptLinks:NFTs Explained Adobe brings a simplified Photoshop to the webAdobe is adding a collaborative mood board to Creative CloudSoon you can use Photoshop to prepare your art as an NFTThe Dog Ramps TweetThe Furry Lisa, CryptoArt, & The New Economy Of Digital CreativityA $120,000 Banana Is Peeled From an Art Exhibition and EatenAdobe and Twitter are designing a system for permanently attaching artists’ names to pictures"I still own you" clipCredits:Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, Alexander Charles Adams, and Andrew Marino and we are edited by Callie Wright. Our music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices