Nikita Yampolski

Nikita Yampolski Certified

Senior Product Manager (Head of Product, VP, CPO) / Open Mineral / / 1M MAU Streaming Service

Hello, my name is Nikita.

I am an award-winning, IPMA certified hands-on Software Product Manager and Team Leader with vast Startup Experience. Helping entrepreneurs, founders and their companies to build products that win!

My recent experience is connected to B2B domain, Commodity Trading, FinTech and Marketplace Platforms, and not limited to.

Commercialized my first three software products at the age of 15, I offer over 20 years of product development, software engineering and project delivery, engineering, and business development experience with a focus on international IT, FinTech, Insurance/Automotive/Mobility, Software, New Media (Streaming and Broadcasting) and Telecom assignments. Certified Product Mentor.

Created and grew up award-winning (S&P, WEF, Red Herring, etc.) products, reaching over $5 billion in trade offer/value.

Hands-on experience in Lean/Agile/Scrum design-driven software development management and product innovation, leading large local, near- and off-shore teams. Strong international experience both in corporate and startup worlds, driving business and product strategy.

"Life is too short to build something nobody wants"

– Ash Maurya (Author, creator of Lean Canvas, and founder of Leanstack)

"If you don't walk out of the office some days wondering if you're horrible at your job, you probably are."

– (C) somebody

Keywords for the machines: Senior Product Manager, Product Owner, CPO, Chief Product Officer, Head of Product, VP, CTO, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Product Management.

My Mentoring Topics

  • Product Management
  • Software Development
  • Lean Startup / Canvas
  • Bootstrapping Startup
  • Sustainability and Purpose Driven Companies
  • MVP / UVP
  • Software Product Management
  • Product Design
  • Startup - Very first steps (Logo, Pitch Deck)
  • VC and Angel Networking Approach
  • CX, UX/UI
  • Product Marketing
  • Growth Hacking (ethical)
  • Career Development as Product Manager
  • Career Advice + Professional Growth
2.February 2022

It was a great session with you. Very helpful. Thank you Nikita!

19.January 2022

The session was amazing! I didn't expect it to be so productive from the first session. Nikita gave really good advises and very insightful information supported by examples from his experience. It was really interesting to listen to everything he was saying and the hour felt like a minute. It was great also to receive learning materials and resources adapted to my needs after the meeting. Nikita also is a good example of great communication, I was impressed by his communication skills and how he can easily adapt the message to his audience. It was very interesting to listen to his real life example in Product Management and you can see that he really knows what he is talking about. Definitely recommend getting in touch with Nikita, you won't be disappointed! Time well invested!

17.January 2022

The session with you was amazing. You helped me a lot by providing me with feedback, your opinion and through asking questions which encourage me to overwork my presentation and to rework my brand strategy more in detail. Thank you very much!

22.November 2021

Thank you for your time. It was great to have a very practical introduction into Lean Canvas and the trick to apply it in a real world. Very practical and no BS at all! Happy to stay in touch, Nikita.

15.November 2021

The session was extremely helpful and just what I needed. You were very detailed, practical, and inspiring. I hope to continue working with you as I look to improving and securing product leadership roles.

22.October 2021

Thanks for sharing the principals of Kanban and Lean Startup Canvas.

ReWork - Change the Way You Work Forever
David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried

From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book - one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple. That means anyone can start a business. And you can do it without working miserable 80-hour weeks or depleting your life savings. You can start it on the side while your day job provides all the cash flow you need. Forget about business plans, meetings, office space - you don't need them. With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

Running Lean - Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works
Ash Maurya

We live in an age of unparalleled opportunity for innovation. We’re building more products than ever before, but most of them fail—not because we can’t complete what we set out to build, but because we waste time, money, and effort building the wrong product. What we need is a systematic process for quickly vetting product ideas and raising our odds of success. That’s the promise of Running Lean. In this inspiring book, Ash Maurya takes you through an exacting strategy for achieving a "product/market fit" for your fledgling venture, based on his own experience in building a wide array of products from high-tech to no-tech. Throughout, he builds on the ideas and concepts of several innovative methodologies, including the Lean Startup, Customer Development, and bootstrapping. Running Lean is an ideal tool for business managers, CEOs, small business owners, developers and programmers, and anyone who’s interested in starting a business project. Find a problem worth solving, then define a solution Engage your customers throughout the development cycle Continually test your product with smaller, faster iterations Build a feature, measure customer response, and verify/refute the idea Know when to "pivot" by changing your plan’s course Maximize your efforts for speed, learning, and focus Learn the ideal time to raise your "big round" of funding Get on track with The Lean Series Presented by Eric Ries—bestselling author of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses—The Lean Series gives you solid footing in a proven methodology that will help your business succeed.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz's personal and often humbling experiences.