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What will Move the Needle? Leading vs Lagging Indicators

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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 initiatives and actions to achieve it. It is also the time of the year when people usually start to think about their new year resolutions, and dropping a few pounds is always a perennial favorite. It is time to figure out what will move the needle in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Nov 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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

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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 thought this would be a good excuse to get him oriented with building a product the right way, rather than immediately jumping into code, which he couldn’t wait to do 🙂 What better use could summer holidays be put to than learning about Agile and Product Management?!! Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 12, 2014 at 2:10 am

Posted in Product Management

What Does It Mean to be a Big Data Product Manager

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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 near 280 south of 85. At that time, no matter which highway I took (280, 85, 92, 101) one hour to get to Burlingame was an impossible task. Yet with real time traffic updates on the GPS and timely decision making about getting off and back on the highways at the right exits, I was able to make it to the cafe in Burlingame at 9:20am. Phew! Well let me assure you that it was no small feat. Now to the epiphany. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Mar 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

The Real Reason Facebook Had to Spend $19B

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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 position of having to acquire young upstart companies for insane amounts of money. What has brought Facebook to this point? Will its next acquisition cost Facebook much more than $19B? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Mar 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Here’s my Facebook movie!…ENOUGH!

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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 200 million people had watched their individual movies, and 50% of the people who watched their own video had also shared it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 12, 2014 at 2:39 am

Posted in Design Thinking/UX

New Product Idea – A Watch for Blind People…Almost

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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 he got introduced to the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm