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?

Let’s Get It Done – What Do You Do?

Play out this scenario. You are a product manager. A senior executive in your company has an idea about what your product needs to do. S/he has sufficient understanding of the product and the market. S/he speaks with as many customers as you do if not more. If s/he happens to be in charge of … Continue reading Let’s Get It Done – What Do You Do?

What will Move the Needle? Leading vs Lagging Indicators

It's that time of the year when most companies with fiscal year starting January 1st are engaged in or done with their 2015 planning - bookings forecasts, budgets for investments and personnel, at the company level and broken down by business units and major product lines. It starts with defining what success means and translating that into specific … Continue reading What will Move the Needle? Leading vs Lagging Indicators

Never Too Soon To Learn How to Build Products the Right Way

My 13 year old published his first app called Aarti Guide on the AppStore. It is connected with the festival of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, and was available on the App Store on 29th August, the first day of the festival. This was his first iOS development project after being self-taught through courses on Udemy and books. I … Continue reading Never Too Soon To Learn How to Build Products the Right Way

How Great Product Teams Partner to Solve Customer Problems

Bill and Melinda Gates took the stage at TED 2014 for an interview with Chris Anderson. It was a remarkable interview that gave an insight into the couple’s approach to philanthropy, raising their children while being the richest family in the world, and their shared belief of responsibility. Both Bill and Melinda Gates have genuine … Continue reading How Great Product Teams Partner to Solve Customer Problems

What Does It Mean to be a Big Data Product Manager

Last week while driving to a meeting, I had an epiphany. Those familiar with the state of highways in the Bay Area in the morning rush hour can relate to this. I had to be in Burlingame on the water’s side of 101 at 9:30am. However, it was 8:30am before I could leave from Sunnyvale … Continue reading What Does It Mean to be a Big Data Product Manager

The Real Reason Facebook Had to Spend $19B

A lot has been written about the big $19B acquisition of Whatsapp by Facebook. My intent is not to write specifically about the acquisition and its merits, or critique it, or debate if the price was too high or too low. Instead, I wanted to share some thoughts about why Facebook finds itself in this … Continue reading The Real Reason Facebook Had to Spend $19B