The primary objective of a product manager is to solve the right problem for the right group of people at the right time. Therefore the product manager is directly responsible for the efficacy of the product. This is also what they should be measured on.
Ever since I’ve had any meaningful purchasing power, I’ve completed transactions electronically. I simply viewed a number in my bank account, and after a given transaction occurred, my account displayed the transaction itself as well as the remaining balance available to me. I received my goods or service and was on my way, often giving little thought to the implication of the value exchange.
My role at #PolicyHack was very clear – I was the lead facilitator for Team 3: tasked to improve gender equality in the ecosystem. The biggest lesson from #PolicyHack was how harrowingly hard it is to combat a systematic problem like gender equality in tech in one blow. For all the noise I make about this issue, I was truly humbled by how challenging it is to get anyone, let alone the government and the private sector, to agree on what to do first.
One factor working against startups is their typically lean nature. Most startups simply don’t have the cash reserves nor the reputations that could attract the attention of the type of talent that they need to survive.
Innovation and disruption have been in the spotlight recently, with our new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull throwing his support behind Australian startups and the FinTech industry.
Website failure is all too common. Some of the biggest companies in the world have experienced it — think Netflix and MasterCard — and while many bounce back relatively unscathed, for others it can prompt a customer exodus, or even lead to the death of a business.
ust seven short years before Zendesk made its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, we were three guys who had quit our sensible consulting jobs to work on what many of us initially thought was a “boring” idea from a tiny loft in Copenhagen. Rather than dreaming of fortune and success, we were making furniture from old doors to save money and wondering how we were all going to pay our mortgages if this gamble didn’t pay off.
Working for a startup can be a fantastic opportunity to be part of something special; however, it is certainly not for everyone. Be sure you know what you are getting yourself into before signing up.
The purpose of an evangelist is to help a company, a product, a technology or merely “a thing” go from zero to critical mass. Evangelists help find and leverage the most passionate early adopters so that these particular users are so compelled; they convince their friends, family and colleagues to use what they’re using.