What Job Do You Hire the Apple Watch For?

After the recent Apple keynote, a friend sent me these questions: Is the watch now a permanent part of your purchase? Buy one every 2 years to pair with your iPhone? What would have to happen for you to say - it is not worth spending $350 to have a watch on my wrist? Why … Continue reading What Job Do You Hire the Apple Watch For?

iPhone 5S: Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

There is a scene in "The Godfather", where Rocco kills Paulie Gatto in the car and Clemenza tells Rocco, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli". Clemenza's wife has asked him to bring some cannoli home, but he has another task to be done. He has to finish Gatto, Vito Corleone's driver, for treason. So the … Continue reading iPhone 5S: Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 4: Communicate Value

After understanding value, creating value, and capturing value, we now come to the next part of the value journey, i.e. communicating value. A product manager has to be an effective communicator. Effective communication is timely, concise, and inspiring, yet with a lot of empathy. In the daily grind of the job, there are numerous things … Continue reading The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 4: Communicate Value

101 Pricing and Negotiation

Seemingly everyday and mundane things sometimes end up being a good business lesson. I am back in India after some travel. Yesterday I had to get some kids photos printed in order to give our friends who are moving to Singapore. ┬áIt was late in the evening when I stopped by one of the small … Continue reading 101 Pricing and Negotiation

The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 3: Capture Value

After "Understanding Value" in Part 1, and "Creating Value" in Part 2, we come to the third aspect of the value journey, "Capturing Value". When we think of capturing value, the topic of pricing comes up as important. While price is an important aspect of capturing value, it is not the only one. The price … Continue reading The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 3: Capture Value

What If You Are Not Like Steve Jobs?

Some days back I started reading Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" all over again. Chapter fifteen, titled "The Launch" is about the launch of the first Macintosh in 1984, and ends with the following sentences: ...neither Raskin nor Wozniak nor Sculley nor anyone else at the company could have pulled off the creation of the Macintosh. … Continue reading What If You Are Not Like Steve Jobs?

The Girl Effect

Here are some statistics that should make everyone pause: Today, more than 600 million girls live in the developing world. Approximately one quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school. One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15. An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10 … Continue reading The Girl Effect