Each week, Female CoFounder features a female founder in the community. Follow along each week and learn from different founders and their journeys.
FcF: Tell us about yourself?
Bosky: Hi FcF community! I’m Bosky Mukherjee. I am a mom to a 6 year old, a wife and the founder of PMDojo where I am working to make tech more inclusive and accessible. I lead a 10-week Accelerator for people looking to build their products, side projects or side hustles.
I also work as an Advisor and Fractional Product/Growth Executive with startups to help them operationalize product management, building and hiring teams or any messy startup or growth stage problems they might have.
Fun Fact: I have lived and worked in 6 countries but can’t swim or bike :)
FcF: What is PMDojo?
Bosky: I started PMDojo last year with a mission to:
PMDojo is a community for like-minded people in tech, product, design, impact makers and entrepreneurs.
I lead a 10-week Product Accelerator where we help product and tech enthusiasts to shine and stand out to advance their career. Our participants come from diverse backgrounds from those looking to pivot into tech to side hustlers or those who want to build their own passion projects.
This is a hands on immersive and structured program that provides a rich learning experience where participants learn how to take an idea and launch a real product in 10 weeks while collaborating as a diverse team with lifelong mentorship. So instead of speaking theory, struggling to wordsmith your resume, you gain practical real world experience where you can demo a real product you led and launched to companies and hiring managers.
FcF: How did you come up with PMDojo?
Bosky: As a woman in tech, and the only woman of color often in the executive room for years, the lack of diversity has personally frustrated me. Representation matters and should be the norm. The way I personally see is that making opportunities for learning, mentorship and opportunities more accessible, we can change this. This is what I am trying to change and help make a small impact in some way.
FcF: What inspired you to name your company PMDojo?
Bosky: A dōjō is a hall or place for immersive learning in Japanese. I wanted to build an inclusive place when people from tech, entrepreneurship, product, design and impact makers could come together to learn and grow in an immersive hands on environment that mimics the real world as much as possible. Hence, PMDojo.
FcF: We read your article why you’re building PMDojo and it’s very inspiring! What’s been the biggest challenge for you in building PMDojo so far?
Bosky: One of the biggest challenges has been continuing to keep the program fees accessible and affordable given how intensive and how much effort it takes to lead each cohort. Being completely bootstrapped, raises significant challenges as the program fees go in operating the program. Fortunately, our value proposition is extremely clear. I am looking to find partners in our community who genuinely believe in helping us make tech more inclusive and accessible.
FcF: What were the first 3 steps you took after you knew you wanted to pursue building PMDojo?
Bosky: On a high level, it was about finding the pain point in the market, validating the need and testing the willingness to pay and defining the smallest thing we could do to test it with real users.
FcF: How were you able to validate your idea to ensure it was something people wanted from your customer interviews?
Bosky: I conducted quite a few user interviews, surveys and workshops to validate and small experiments. I have also been a Product Coach and a Hiring Manager myself in tech for a number of years to have seen this problem for years.
FcF: How have relationships with other founders helped you build your business?
Bosky: Brainstorming even with a few community members at F2F, encouraging being asked questions to help me think what I might not be thinking.
FcF: If you were to give advice to yourself as you were starting out, what would it be?
Bosky: Do it earlier, I should not have waited until I turned 40 to formally start into entrepreneurship.
FcF: What advice do you have for other women who have a start-up idea or side project idea?
Bosky: Start small, and experiment and just do it if you believe in it. Know when your own passion blinds you to data as your side project or start up idea should be solving a problem for your target users not just you. Also join PMDojo if you are looking for a structured, hands on approach to get your startup idea or side project launched 😊
FcF: How can the Female CoFounder community help you?
Bosky: I am very new and a solo Founder looking to help spread the word about PMDojo. In order to keep the fees accessible, I would absolutely appreciate and be completely grateful if we can receive donations for scholarships as well. I would love to discuss how I might be able to support and help the F2F community via PMDojo as well.
FcF: How can people contact you?
Bosky: You can keep up to date with us at https://www.pmdojo.me/ or follow me on LinkedIn here. Applications for May cohort are also closing soon, so if anyone is interested in applying to work and launch their side project, please send in your application here: https://www.pmdojo.me/product-accelerator
You can also DM @Bosky Mukherjee in our Slack channel!
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