Founders and Product Managers: Please Answer this. Why is Fireman NOT Called Waterman?

Isn’t it obvious that a fireman be called waterman? After all, they bring ‘water’ (and not fire).
The thing is that firemen are identified by what they solve and not by what they do (or what they bring to the table).
If yes, then why do you identify your startup/product as ‘AI’ / ‘ML’ product?
Why do you still think about your own product and not the problem you are attempting to solve? Why do you want to be identified with your ‘tech stack’ and not ‘customer stack’?
If your answer is : hey! this is what investors want to hear (and this is more gimmickry) – well, we all internalize what we speak.
So please repeat with me: If a fireman is not called waterman, I won’t call my startup an ‘AI or ML’ startup. I would give it a ‘business’ identity driven by what the product solves.
[Excerpts from Product Management Course.]


  • Stack becomes the defense, when one is not sure what is their offence. This is also based on the fundamental, but false premise that “technology can solve anything”. A lot of it has to go with the swag factor, shinier the better. Something with the FOMO or may be in most cases, mostly with the FOMO. The thing is that anything which has FOMO, is over-valued and would burst. FOMO leads to greed and we all know what greeds leads us to.

  • In that sense, do you think a mobile phone should be called talking device or connecting device?

NextBigWhat brings you curated insights and wisdom on product and growth from the wild web.

Over 2 million people receive our weekly curated insights.