00:00 I’m going to hit record and see what happens. Alright. How does that sound at synth? When I came in, I apparently I have like a custom sound for me. Like I came in and went, went like a little sin thing. I think of other people. Cause the thing I did the […]Read more "Blog"
First, watch the video Now, here’s why this video is brilliant 1. Setting the perspective Microsoft first sets the perspective for what the browser is. It’s not just a tool for exploring the web, it’s a window into the possibilities of the world. The interplay between videos of real events (news reporter giving a talk) […]Read more "Why Microsoft’s promotional video for Edge is brilliant"
Earlier this summer, HomeJoy went out of business after having raised $40 million. There’s a couple reasons it went bust, this is a really great analysis. The summary is that home-services is a high-touch market with a high barrier to establishing trust between cleaner and client. Service must be good, and on top of that, after […]Read more "HomeJoy and Building Product"
I’ve recently been listening to Sam Altman’s startup class videos again. I’ve listened to them before but after working as a PM at a startup, I’m gleaning more from them. Here’s a brief summary of the important points of the talk by Kevin Hale on How To Build Products Users Love. Startup customer relations are like dating. If you […]Read more "How to Build Products People Love: Lessons from Kevin Hale"
In economics, we model humans as rational actors to simplify the equation. People take the available information at hand and determine their best course of action after taking into account all the relevant factors. Unfortunately, people do dumb things. For instance, buy a house when they can’t necessarily afford it. Decide to build their social […]Read more "Why Hiring that Candidate is a bad idea: How to avoid bad decisions"
I recently read through David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done.” There were some great takeaways, not only in getting things done in your personal life, but also getting things done in a workplace environment. Here’s the lessons learned Overview Allen’s argument is that in today’s world, we’re bombarded by different tasks, whether they range from […]Read more "How to build an effective GETTING THINGS DONE SYSTEM"
Everyday on the way to and from work I’m going to be listening to a podcast on startup advice. Recently I listened to some podcasts by by Steli & Hiten, which encourage me to listen for 20 minutes, then go back to my daily life and basically kick ass. So here’s the abbreviated lessons from […]Read more "Insights from Startup Podcast with Steli & Hiten"
Recently 20 of the nation’s top student startups gathered for a startup launch challenge. After listening to all 20 pitches, here’s what I’ve learned about pitching. 1) Don’t present the product features in a technical manner The most exciting pitches are those that connect with the listener, not necessarily because the listener is invested the […]Read more "What I Learned from listening to 20 startup pitches"
It’s getting close to a ship date and the engineers estimate they might not finish up in time. As the project manager, it’s imperative you get something out by the demo date. What do you ask them? THE WRONG “Can you get it done by tomorrow?” “Things are getting pretty difficult, but we can try.” […]Read more "The right question to ask an engineer on a deadline"
Are SmartWatches Worth the Hype? Last year, when the Moto360 was about to launch, I was ecstatic. Very rarely do I get so excited about a piece of technology that I dream about it and lust after it, and the moto360 was one of those products. It looked beautiful compared to previous smartwatches. Instead of […]Read more "Are SmartWatches Worth the Hype?"