Lance Vaughn

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Ask HN: Move to product management at 35?

Hi all,<p>I need some advice from all the wonderful people on Hacker News. I am a Backend engineer looking to move into a product management role. I …

Product Management

Is ‘Brandtech’ The New Marketing?

Last August, McDonald’s Japan posted its first profit in eight quarters after it tied in with Pokémon Go. By turning its restaurants into PokéStops …

Empathy fuelled Customer-Centricity

All the needs and wants are important to make user empowered and make them feel good. If you want to nail user experience, as a designer you need to …

Build It, But They Won't Come

Cynical, but there's no better way to put it. Building a product is only the first step of a very long journey, a journey that doesn't always reward …

Fat Thinking and Economies of Variety

<i>Leak before failure</i> is a fascinating engineering principle, used in the design of things like nuclear power plants. The idea, loosely stated, is that …

A Product Manager’s Job

Product management is one of the hardest jobs to define in any organization, partially because it’s different in every company. I’ve had several …

Product Management

Product strategy means saying no

If you’re building a product, you have to be great at saying no. Not “maybe” or “later”. The only word is no.<p>Building a great product isn’t about …

Product Managers: Who Are These 'Mini-CEOs' And What Do They Do?

In the world of technology, it’s often the engineers and designers that are among the most celebrated. They are the people who literally build amazing products that we enjoy, such as Instagram, Gmail, Twitter, Android, iOS, and other software, hardware, and services. But it’s not magic that helps …

The web app model becomes progressive

If you listen to the pundits, Progressive Web Apps (or PWAs) have come to represent all that is good about application delivery via the web, and are …

Web Development

Why Designers Are Reviving This 30-Year-Old Japanese Productivity Theory

Toyota’s 5S principles, which ushered in lean manufacturing in the 1980s, are experiencing a renaissance.<p>Decades before Marie Kondo became the go-to Japanese organizational guru—transforming her name into a verb and selling more than 6 million copies of her book, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying</i> …

Start Up on the Right Foot — Build a Customer Advisory Board

Sales leader Peter Kazanjy on creating a group that will ensure you're building a product your customers want, need and will buy. <br>Continue reading at …

Ready, Set, Hold on a Second..

So you’re finally considering moving forward with your mobile app startup. Why not take the extra steps to make sure that you’re putting your best …

Lean Startup Is Dead -- Long Live Lean Startup

In a previous post, I wrote about how large companies are poised to be the greatest beneficiaries of the lean startup movement. We are entering an era of technology that is well suited to the resources that large companies have (i.e. The Third Wave). This next wave of technology will involve …

Innovation

When is an MVP *not* an MVP?

For a term that’s so well-established in our profession and so widely used, it always surprises me when people abuse and misuse the concept of …

GitHub gets built-in project management tools and support for formal reviews

GitHub is hosting its Universe developer conference in San Francisco today. Unsurprisingly, the company used this event to announce a number of new features for its Git-based code hosting service. The company calls it its “biggest update to the platform yet,” though how important these changes …

How Startups Can Overtake Corporates in the Innovation Race

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Three years ago, the world’s largest automotive company, Toyota, publicly doubted the real potential of electric cars. “We do not believe there is a market to accept it,” said Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada.<p>In April, 276,000 people …

These ear capsules might be the wireless multifunction headphones you've been waiting for

A new pair of wireless headphones by Human Inc. can morph into a portable loudspeaker and allows multiple users to connect and listen to a single audio source.<p>A startup company in Seattle that secured a $5 million investment round back in April just announced its secret weapon: a pair of …

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”<p>When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been …

Google's AI has read enough romance novels to write its own

In an effort to make its apps more conversational, Google fed its AI engine a whopping 2,865 romance novels so it can improve its understanding of language.<p>The idea is to improve the way Google products respond to users. Software engineer Andrew Dai, who led the project, told BuzzFeed News that …

The restaurant OS

So you’re a techie and a foodie. You’re having dinner and your phone buzzes to let you know you can pay for the meal you’re enjoying right from an app. It’s then you realize there’s something going on in restaurant tech.<p>If you want to know more, or get involved, this is your primer — because there …

Bnbsitter raises $2.5M for on-demand concierge service for short-term rentals

Bnbsitter is another startup operating in the Airbnb and short-term rentals ecosystem. However, differing slightly from property-management-style concierge offerings, such as London-based Hostmaker, the Paris-based company offers a pure on-demand marketplace for concierge-related services.<p>The list …

Driverless taxis are about to hit Singapore

A startup that spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning to unleash driverless taxis on the city's streets later this year.<p>The company, nuTonomy, is currently working with Singapore to put self-driving electric taxis within the One North business district to serve as public …

Amazon's first live show debuts online tonight

Style Code Live will focus on fashion and beauty tips every Monday through Friday<p>Amazon is launching its first live online show today, and it will be available for free to all users. The show, called <i>Style Code Live</i>, is a 30-minute, daily fashion and beauty program that will be streamed Monday …

Microsoft's new video imagines a HoloLens-powered Super Bowl party

Sports are a pretty intuitive place for augmented reality: we already watch them with a bevy of numerical overlays, replays, and commentary. So Microsoft's "future of football," featuring its HoloLens headset, unsurprisingly makes a lot of sense. It's a highlight reel showcasing every possible …

Google's self-driving cars can circle the equator 5 times an hour

You think your commute is bad? Google’s self-driving cars are doing 3 million miles every day, according to the company’s January report.<p>As it stands, the cars have clocked up more than 1 million miles driving autonomously on public roads, but using simulators, the vehicles are racking up 3 million …

Autonomous Cars

Amazon To Open Hundreds Of Bookstores

Is Amazon about to follow in the footsteps of the bookstores it put out of business? According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, the e-commerce giant …

Twitter details its home-brewed framework for simulating hardware failures

People who maintain data centers for companies don’t want to be caught by surprise in the event of a power outage or a hardware breakdown. They want to rest assured that everything will be fine in any eventuality.<p>Years ago, Netflix engineers developed software called Chaos Monkey, which could …

Jukedeck wants to be your band for video soundtracks

Whether you’re creating videos or launching a podcast, a soundtrack can add a whole new dimension to your work. But if you’re not musically inclined, it isn’t easy to find or write a background score.<p>That’s where Jukedeck comes in. Just choose the genre of music and duration you need, set the mood …