I Was a Product Manager Before It Was Cool


2004 feels like a century ago. But 2004 was the year that a mentor took. Think about it. We didn’t have Airbnb and Uber.

B2B 56

Using One-to-One Messenger Bots for Lead Generation

AB Tasty

Launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook quickly took the world by storm, bringing friends and families together from around. Read more. This article was originally posted on AB Tasty as Using One-to-One Messenger Bots for Lead Generation. Conversion Optimization User Experience

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

How to Evaluate and Create Great Product Management Teams

280 Group

2004).?Psychological Join us for our webinar on July 26th, Becoming Expert: Are you the Product Leader your team needs? where we’ll tackle what it takes to create great teams in more detail. When I think of product or market-oriented teams, I think about meetings.

Why We Fail: What I Learned From 5 Years with Friends, Netflix’s Social Strategy

Mind the Product

Netflix’s Friends (Born 2004, died 2010). Netflix launched Friends in 2004, the year that Facebook grew from one million to six million members.

Scaling the Product Owner Role

Roman Pichler

A common technique to do this is unbundling a feature and releasing it as a separate product—like Facebook did with the Messenger app in 2004. Scaling and the Product Life Cycle.

Sydney, 1 March 2018 Workshop: Managing Stakeholders and Priorities

Mironov Consulting

” About Brainmates : Founded in 2004, Brainmates provides professional Product Management and Marketing training and consulting throughout Australia. Managing Stakeholders and Priorities: A One Day Workshop for Product Managers. Cohosted by Brainmates and Rich Mironov.

TEI 225: Create a movement for a product – with Greg Satell

Product Innovation Educators

In 2004, I found myself running a news organization in Kiev, Ukraine, during the Orange Revolution. In 2004, I found myself running a news organization in Kiev, Ukraine, during the Orange Revolution.

Books 118

AI, Autonomy, and the Build Trap – Announcing our first three speakers for #mtpcon SF

Mind the Product

Nate started his first company in 2004 where he revolutionized medical evacuation with Paraslyde, later acquired by Stryker Medical.

eBay’s search metrics used to suck

The Product Coalition

Ben Foster, who was the company’s PM of Findings between 2001–2004, was in charge of that effort. Photo by Khachik Simonian on Unsplash To live in the Information Age sounds fun and, for the most part, it is. In this age, data is becoming increasingly easier to collect.

The Importance of Listening to Your Customers by David Cancel

Mind the Product

In 2003 Lego lost $300 million – even though Lego has the highest profit margin of any toy brand – and predicted a loss of $400 million in 2004. In 2004 Lego’s new CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp stated that customers would have a say in all new Lego designs going forward.

How To Build Your Audience Well Before Launching Your Product

Sachin Rekhi

Only in 2004 did they eventually launch Basecamp , their flagship project management app to a welcome audience of blog readers, including designers, software enthusiasts, small businesses, and more. Rand Fishkin launched SEOmoz.org in 2004 to share his thoughts as he learned about SEO.

Purple Squirrels and Your Product Team

Under10 Playbook

Facebook was founded in 2004; Twitter in 2006—so it’s unlikely there are many people who meet the “15 year” requirement. Many product management job postings are impossible to fill.

Birst Smart Analytics: Using AI to Operationalize BI

Birst BI

When creating Birst in 2004, the idea was to get insight out to as many people in an organization as you can, so that even non-analyst people are empowered to use data to make decisions. How do you deliver more insights out to more people?

Project Manager vs Product Manager


References: [1] Project Management Institute (2004). by Nick Coster, updated October, 2019. These days, businesses are under constant pressure to do more with less. One common ‘solution’ is for a single person to perform multiple roles.

Moneyball marketing

Under10 Playbook

Perhaps the book that most influenced me recently was Moneyball, by Michael Lewis, first published in 2004. As I read it, I couldn’t help but find parallels between the folklore of baseball and that of marketing.

Introducing the Speakers for MTP Engage Manchester 2019

Mind the Product

Formed in 2004, THG (The Hut Group) has grown from a start-up business to a global digital commerce group, fast becoming one of the world’s leading beauty and well-being online retail organisations.

The Six Essential Books that Every Product Manager Should Read

Mind the Product

Published in March 2004, Inmates was one of the first books published that strongly called out the the insane usability problems with most software tools at the time.

Books 158

You Need to Be Involved with SoftwareGR

Atomic Spin PM

SoftwareGR started at Atomic way back in 2004 as an idea to bring like-minded people together. Are you a software designer or developer looking to connect with others in West Michigan? How about an owner of a software consultancy who would like some exposure to potential new employees?

When is Your Product Ready to Remove the “Beta” Tag?


Gmail launched in 2004, yet Google didn’t remove its beta tag until 2009. Until real users get their hands on your product, you can never be 100% sure it works. That’s why product managers leverage beta testing.

What to do When Investors Say No to Your Product Idea


Air America, an outlet for liberal talk radio, launched in 2004. Imagine this scenario. You’re a product manager working for a software startup, and you’ve come up with an idea for a new app. Your executive team likes the idea so much that they present it to the company’s investors.

B2B 70

DAU/MAU is an important metric, but here’s where it fails

Andrew Chen

I found this from a Facebook 2004 media kit showing crazy high numbers even with a small base of 70k users: Assessing product/market fit with DAU/MAU. How DAU/MAU got popular. DAU/MAU has been a popular metric because of Facebook, which popularized the metric.

Putting $125M to work for you, our customers

Inside Intercom

I studied artificial intelligence in college in 2004. We just raised $125M in a round led by Mary Meeker at Kleiner Perkins. Here’s what we’re going to do with it. 2018 is shaping up to be a massive year for the Intercom platform. Historically, we’ve spent proportionately way more on research and development than other software companies we track, and that won’t stop any time soon. This funding will go straight into building great new software at a pace you’ve yet to see from us.

More Awesome Speakers for #mtpcon SF 2017

Mind the Product

Nate started his first company in 2004 where he revolutionized medical evacuation with Paraslyde, later acquired by Stryker Medical.

Product Management is Culture Management

Mind the Product

Belonging, identity and Third Culture Kids: Life histories of former international school students ; Helen Fail, Jeff Thompson and George Walker / Journal of Research in International Education, 2004 3: 319.

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

By 2004, Microsoft was already announcing that they didn’t want to support it anymore, and by 2006 they ended support for it. Product management is evolving quickly.

Agile 272

Why LinkedIn UX should increase friction to increase quality

The Product Coalition

Since I joined LinkedIn in 2004, I’ve found it to be a valuable tool for finding people and job opportunities.

UX 78

Demystifying service design: what it is and why you should care

Imaginary Cloud - Design

Also, a more solid academic community of several universities created the Service Design Network (2004) and later on a Service Design Day (2016) with the aim of creating awareness for those who don’t know of the field. Every now and then, people ask me what I do.

UX 74

All the Awesome Speakers for #mtpcon SF 2017

Mind the Product

Nate started his first company in 2004 where he revolutionized medical evacuation with Paraslyde, later acquired by Stryker Medical.

From PM to CEO: How Sundar Pichai’s Background in Product Paved the Way for Becoming CEO at Google


He then joined Google in 2004, and 11 years later found himself named CEO as part of the Alphabet reorganization of the firm. It’s been nearly five years since Sundar Pichai took the reins as CEO of Google. How did this relatively unknown product manager in his early 40s rocket through the ranks to take control of one of the largest and most powerful tech companies of all time?

Goodbye Scion – What Happened To You?

The Accidental Product Manager

Note this is with seven different models and is much less than the 100,000 cars that Scion sold in 2004 with only three models. The Scion brand is being retired by Toyota Image Credit: Aaron Van Dike.

How Did GoPro Lose Their Focus?

The Accidental Product Manager

GoPro was originally founded in 2004. GoPro makes great cameras, but they’ve lost their focus Image Credit: superidoljp. Wouldn’t it be great if when you are out and doing all of the exciting things that you do, rock climbing, surfing, hiking, etc.

The Wu-Tang Product Team Manual

The Product Coalition

Not seen in this picture is Ol’ Dirty Bastard or ‘ODB’ , who passed away in 2004. Stories and Eight Lessons Learned from The Wu-Tang Clan, According to Matt Northam The Wu-Tang Clan.

Vision 124

Network effects and Feedback loops?—?the Betamax and VHS story

The Product Coalition

After peaking in 2004, Blockbuster succumbed to other competing entertainment technologies and eventually filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Network effects and Feedback loops?—?the

TEI 207: How product managers become change managers – with Amy Radin

Product Innovation Educators

In 2004, we observed a trend in transit systems that wanted to bring contactless payments to avoid lines and move people through the system quickly. Driving successful innovation at large organizations. Could it be that innovation is simple? I did say simple, not easy.

The Next Chapter in Online Content Discovery

Sachin Rekhi

Digg (2004) was the most successful to launch in the category followed by reddit (2005). Over the past two decades we have seen an evolution in the way we discover the content we consume online.

Blog 78