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 Move the Needle in 2015
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
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
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
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
For it's 10th anniversary, Facebook created a special personalized movie, called Look Back, for its billion+ users, that was made up of each user's memories on Facebook. It's a good one minute long video, capturing special moments -- most liked posts, photos shared -- set to a background score. Sheryl Sandberg recently noted that over … Continue reading Here’s my Facebook movie!…ENOUGH!
One of the participants in my course on Customer Connect & Market Research Techniques that I teach for the Institute of Product Leadership shared this great article about how products can benefit from user feedback. It is a first person account of Hyungsoo Kim, founder and CEO of eone timepieces. Kim starts off narrating how … Continue reading New Product Idea – A Watch for Blind People…Almost