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iPhone 5S: Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

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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 murder takes place during the cannoli errand. After Rocco kills Gatto, Clemenza instructs him to leave the gun, but to take the cannoli.

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What is the significance of this line, and why am I bringing it up here in reference to the iPhone 5S? In the mob world, a murder is just part of the job, not much to be dwelled upon. Other things, like cannoli, are more important. We’ll see how this applies to the iPhone 5S. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 4: Communicate Value

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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 that pull a product manager in many different directions, yet, the opportunity to communicate with different stakeholders is always welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 21, 2013 at 2:08 am

What Microsoft’s New CEO Should Do

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Here is a draft speech that Microsoft’s new CEO could give to the company: Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Your Work Sucks…Now What?

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A very good suggestion was made by one of the readers in the comments section of my earlier post — “…how to manage the massive bitterness that conjures up when someone tell you that your work sucks and how to identify the genuine feedback with what steps to take to self introspect

So I thought I’d follow up with some more thoughts on the topic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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Your Work Sucks

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That one sentence can probably encompass all the workplace related bitterness that Steve Jobs is said to have dished out to Apple employees.

At some level, I am a little bothered by the focus on Steve Jobs’ negative personality traits. It seems to shift the focus from his true legacy and his innate talents for product, strategy and marketing, among other things. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

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101 Pricing and Negotiation

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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.  It was late in the evening when I stopped by one of the small photo printing outlets that is inconspicuously located at the back of a general store. Below is my conversation with the “PhotoGuy” which took place in Hindi and which I narrated to the family once I got home. It may seem like I am negotiating a very small amount (less than $1), which my wife pointed out to me, but it is not about the amount as hopefully will be clear from the dialog. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 15, 2013 at 10:22 am