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Magic Happens When You Just Ship It (Avoid the Big Reveal)

You’ve been hidden away all week just cranking away. Making progress. Getting shit done. And now it’s time to show a customer, client or co-worker …

Product Management

Mike McCue LIVE Chat on Product Hunt

Community Q&A with Mike McCue . Co-Founder and CEO of Flipboard

Nest's Meager Response To Revolv Users Falls Short

Nest is moving to quell a growing backlash over the smart appliance maker’s decision to kill the Revolv home automation service it acquired almost …

Session with Julie Zhuo

Top Answers<p>Julie Zhuo, Product Design VP at Facebook<p>Updated Apr 5, 2016 · Featured on HuffPost · Upvoted by David Cole, Director of Design at Quora …

Quora

Accelerating Upside: Convexity in Software Development

It was six years ago that I heard Russ Roberts interview Nassim Taleb about Black Swans. Along the way, Taleb mentioned convex and concave payoffs. …

On The Path To Product Market Fit, Don’t Wait For Statistical Significance

Data is powerful because it’s black and white. It’s concrete. Data takes the guesswork and gut calls out of decisions. And data has helped transform …

The Myth of Long Hours

<i>tldr</i>; a team working long hours is far less efficient than a well planned team in sync.<p>Over the last month, I’ve been interviewing for technical …

Productivity

Lily camera: new drone uses GPS to follow you around

Flying camera that uses GPS to track its subject ups competition in aerial cinematography<p>Sales of drones <b>have surged since 2013</b> as amateur film-makers experiment with the possibilities of capturing aerial shots quickly and cheaply - but a bit of expertise has usually been required to operate the …

Why Every Product Person Should Drive A Tesla

I made a huge mistake a few weeks ago. Tesla opened a new store near my home and I dropped in on their grand opening event for a test drive. The …

Tesla

Why Big Companies Keep Failing: The Stack Fallacy

Stack fallacy has caused many companies to attempt to capture new markets and fail spectacularly. When you see a database company thinking apps are easy, or a VM company thinking big data is easy  — they are suffering from stack fallacy.<p>Stack fallacy is the mistaken belief that it is trivial to …

Apps

Creating Passionate Users

Ignore the competition<p>I'm so tired of seeing so many products with the same features <i>that nobody wants</i>. It's bad enough to let feature requests from</i> …

MS Office

Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles

<i>I originally published this piece in the New Year of 2009 as a way of reminding people how to think about their work in the wake of the 2008</i> …

Business Strategy

Why designing for enterprise vs. consumer products isn’t as different as you think

In a recent article titled The Distinction Between Designing for Enterprise vs Consumer Customers, graphic designer and author John Maeda explains …

Before Growth

We tell startups all the time that they have to grow quickly. That’s true, and very good advice, but I think the current fashion of Silicon Valley …

This is the Product Death Cycle. Why it happens, and how to break out of it

The hardest part of any new product launch is the beginning, when it’s not quite working, and you’re iterating and molding the experience to fix it. …

10x Not 10%

We couldn’t get approval because of fear of the effects on the film market. – Steven Sasson, Kodak<p>Kodak was a 10% company, but they needed to be 10x. …

San Francisco

Benefit-Driven Metrics: Measure the lives you save, not the life preservers you sell

<b>Measuring value created rather than optimizing for yourself <br>In my last blog post, I talked about the idea that value creation generates revenue,</b> …

Product Management

Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users

<b>Summary:</b> Elaborate usability tests are a waste of resources. The best results come from testing no more than 5 users and running as many small tests …

Decoding “who is it for?” | Seth's Blog

When you tell a story to someone who wants and needs to hear that story, eyes light up, pulses quicken, trust is built and action is taken.<p>Two …

Time I

Propaganda and Marketing - Are we still persuading?

Michael Aagaard wrote that the best way to write a call to action is to complete this phrase:<p>I want to ____________<p>The blank becomes your call to …

A Business Has 2 Priorities. Only 2.

The two things your business should be focusing on more than anything else, at any stage of development are:<p>Product Creation<br>• Customer Service<p>Those are …

Customer Service

When things go wrong | Seth's Blog

A protocol for moving forward:<p>0. Double check the work to make sure that there are no other problems within it.<p>1. Alert the relevant parties.<p>2. Take …

What does branded look like? | Seth's Blog

The vast majority of products that are sold are treated as generic by just about everyone except the naive producer, who believes he has a brand of …

Ralph Lauren

Joule: Coolest Power Outlet Ever

Reading Time: 2 minutes<p><i>A good friend of the Architechnologist brought a particularly awesome product to our attention just after the new</i> …

Crowd Funding

First, interact | Seth's Blog

The best way to tell if your speech is going to go well is to give your speech.<p>The best way to find out if your new product has market appeal is to …

Creativity

Seth's Blog

Have you thought about the fact that just about every time Steve Jobs appeared in public, he was selling us something?<p>And yet few rolled their eyes …

The Role of a Product Manager

I was reading Ben Horowitz’s book last week, and a section on integrating new team members and setting expectations jumped out to me. Particularly …

Making money takes practice like playing the piano takes practice

Most of the people I know who are money-making-machines got started really early. Lemonade stands, car washes, lawn mowing, baseball card trading. I …