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As a user, I’m inpatient, unforgiving, and have trouble using/finding features that appear so simple to product managers. If I can’t find what I want quickly and easily you’ve lost me. This poses a variety of challenges for product managers depending upon what stage you’re at:
New product: Who are my early adopters and am I solving a salient problem? How can I communicate this effectively to users? Don’t try to solve ten different problems, but solve one really well. This misconception prevents a lot of new startups from even getting traction
Product with some traction beginning to scale features: At this stage its important to tread the balance between user retention/feature requests while maintaining and emphasizing core …
“I want to break into the startup scene…but I can’t code”
If I had a nickle for every time I’ve heard that…I’d probably have like $3.20. But seriously, I don’t know if its because the tech scene is hot right now or that the composition of my personal network is changing, but it seems like a lot of people I talk to who aren’t already in the startup scene want to break in to it. I feel that the common misconception many people have is that they have to be a developer or designer to do this. Although these qualifications help, its a far cry from a necessity.
This post serves as a personal case study of my journey to what I …
I find psychology and sociology extremely interesting and relevant as I blaze my trail in the startup world. In particular, I think its really important to understand our behaviors and what drives them. Having a firm understanding why we do certain things allows us to correct our behaviors to reach our goals.
One thing that I find particularly interesting is how many people wait for all the stars to align before they do something. I see this behavior a lot when people are trying to launch a business, but the general theme spans across a ton of circumstances and needs to change. What compelled me to write this blog post is a recent situation where my friend has been waiting to …