DJ / Producer
Kyle is a DJ and electronic music producer, using the stage name Joseph Kyle. He was resident DJ at Shanghai Studio in Shanghai, China from 2006 through 2010. He also had the honor of being...
The Gift
On November 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM, I had a near-fatal motorcycle crash. I spent four months in the hospital followed by 15 months in (mostly) and out of a wheelchair. I had 13 surgeries...
Kyle On PM
Kyle on PM is where I blog my thoughts about Product Management. I'm one of those lucky people who gets to do something I love for a living, and I enjoy being involved in my...

DJ / Producer

Kyle is a DJ and electronic music producer, using the stage name Joseph Kyle. He was resident DJ at Shanghai Studio in Shanghai, China from 2006 through 2010. He also had the honor of being a headline DJ at the first ever Gay Pride event held in Shanghai. He produces a regular podcast, titled The Global Dancecast with Joseph Kyle. In the podcast, he strives to bring you an hour of the best trance music available.

Visit josephkylemusic.com

The Gift

Why Almost Dying Is a Gift
Why Almost Dying Is a Gift
2.5 years ago, I had a near-fatal motorcycle crash. I spent four months in...
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Let Go of Fear and Run
Let Go of Fear and Run
It took 835 days of recovery from my crash to run again. I had...
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Getting Birdshit On Your Face
Getting Birdshit On Your Face
The Labor Day weekend in San Francisco was beautiful. The weather here has been...
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Today is a joyful day
Today is a joyful day
This morning, I packed up all of the durable medical equipment I have needed to...
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Make the Choice
Make the Choice
As I’ve been working on some basic outlines and structure for how I intend...
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The Crash
The Crash
On November 8th, 2014, I was involved in a serious motorcycle crash. Over three...
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On November 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM, I had a near-fatal motorcycle crash. I spent four months in the hospital followed by 15 months in (mostly) and out of a wheelchair. I had 13 surgeries in 18 months. I’ve taught myself to walk again. I’ve gone through bankruptcy, as the only hospital that was capable of saving my life was not in network with my insurance company.

My crash was a result of a hit-and-run driver, who was never identified. I distinctly recall, five days after the crash, having a conversation with myself about what this all meant. I realized this event had awesome power. It could destroy my life and leave me bitter. But I also saw this it had the potential to show me how to be truly happy.

I made a conscious choice that I would choose to take the path to happiness. I immediately realized that the only way I could ever get there was to forgive. In that moment, I truly forgave the people that caused this crash. I forgave the driver of the white mini van that cut me off. I forgave myself. I didn’t blame myself, but I do know there were things I could have done differently that might have changed the outcome.

All of this has given me incredible perspective. It gave me the opportunity to stop and examine every aspect of my life. I was able to ask about everything, “Is this the way I want it to be in the future?” If the answer was no, then I thought about what I wanted that aspect of my life to look like, and I changed my priorities.

I believe now that the crash was a gift. I now live a life where the simple act of walking can, and does, bring me immense gratitude and joy. I live a life without intense stress or worry. I sometimes do get stressed, but the intensity and duration of an incident is orders of magnitude less than they were before the crash. I’m currently blogging and writing a book about my experiences.

Kyle on PM

Let Go of Fear and Run
Let Go of Fear and Run
It took 835 days of recovery from my crash to run again. I had...
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Gain An Edge In Your PM Interview with This Overlooked  Prep Tool
Gain An Edge In Your PM Interview with This Overlooked Prep Tool
Preparing for a Product Manager interview is difficult. Great PM candidates set themselves apart...
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An Evolved View of User Engagement
An Evolved View of User Engagement
User Engagement is something every Product Manager thinks about. In this post, I’ll cover...
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Kyle on PM is where I blog my thoughts about Product Management. I’m one of those lucky people who gets to do something I love for a living, and I enjoy being involved in my professional community. In the blog, I share thoughts and experiences on things I have learned by working for more than 15 years in Product Management.

Visit kyleonnpm.com

About Kyle

I am Kyle Smith and I am many things.

I’m creative to the core. I’ve been playing musical instruments since I was 3rd grade when I played the violin. I’ve also studied trumpet, percussion, cello, and voice. I taught myself to play piano and produce electronic music. I DJ and produce music under the stage name Joseph Kyle. I produce a podcast called the Global Dancecast. I create software the millions of people have used to make their lives better. I enjoy writing. I am currently working on a book that I hope will help others in the future learn from my experiences as a survivor of extreme physical trauma.

I care about people. I walk down the streets in my neighborhood, the Tenderloin in San Francisco, and I talk to my neighbors. I love my job because I can go to sleep every night knowing that I helped someone have a better day. First, those people were IT folks at the world’s largest companies avoiding a crisis because of the enterprise systems management products I built. Then, they were small- and medium-business owners who stayed in business another day because of my product. It was media enthusiasts who were among the first to be able to stream their media libraries from home, and access them from anywhere in the world. It was mobile phone users whose phones were as secure as possible because their phone had the undisputed industry best OS update experience. Now, it’s seeing people grow and learn through positive mentoring partnerships.

I love experiencing the world. My entire life, I’ve morphed between countless hobbies. I’ve bungee jumped, been on safari on the Serengeti Plain, and I love SCUBA. I’ve lived in Asia for many years. I spent five years in Shanghai where I built a new development team for Microsoft and became a local DJ scene celebrity. I spent two years in Manila. One of my MBAs comes from National University of Singapore. I am so grateful that I have had these experiences in my life to grow from.

I aspire to live in gratitude. I was catapulted from my motorcycle over a bridge and landed on a parked car five stories below. In an instant, my life stopped moving and I was utterly helpless. That I survived, and with no serious long-term impairments, is lottery-style odds. Regardless of how horrible this experience has been, it has been a gift. The book I mentioned above is inspired by this experience.