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What Job Do You Hire the Apple Watch For?

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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 buy a $350 Apple when a $100-$200 Pebble gives you the same functionality?

The question behind the question is, what is the compelling reason to buy a product. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Mar 22, 2015 at 5:54 pm

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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The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 3: Capture Value

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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 of the product allows capturing value in the economic sense.

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Mar 19, 2013 at 12:35 am

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The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 2: Create Value

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In Part 1, we looked at the first step of the value journey, Understand Value. In part 2, we will look at the next step, Create Value, and the product manager’s role in this step. As we did in part 1, we will look at this in the context of one insanely great product manager, Steve Jobs, as well as some other examples. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

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The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 1: Understand Value

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This post is the first of a five part series. October 5 marked the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing. Many people remembered him as a visionary and the uncompromising leader who scripted one the greatest turnaround acts in corporate history. And many remembered his keynotes and the mesmerizing spell cast on people, called the reality distortion field. As I was reflecting further on Steve Jobs’ contributions, it occurred to me that, more than anything, Steve was a great Product Manager. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Oct 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Back to the Future – Mac vs PC

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A friend shared a very interesting article comparing the Mac and the PC, how the PC advantage got built, and yet how resurgence of the Mac has dismantled that advantage. I don’t remember coming across this type of an analysis before. The article does not go into what factors contributed to these shifts. So I thought it would be a good exercise to take a shot at it. This will be a great “hindsight is 20/20” exercise, but possibly, it may offer some insights into understanding customer preferences, market shifts, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Jul 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm

What Next After the Post-PC Era?

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Post-PC era — It seems this phrase has been overused already, but one can be certain that we are going to keep hearing it for some time to come.

Finally I managed to watch Apple’s keynote of the launch of the new iPad that took place in March. Tim Cook talked about how Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC era and how its three post-PC devices, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, contributed to 76% of Apple’s Q4-2011 quarterly revenue. Cook highlighted the fact that Apple sold more iPads in Q4-2011 than the number of PCs sold by any PC manufacturer, thus making it the perfect poster-child of the post-PC era. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Apr 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm