5 Social Platform Predictions for 2010

Sachin Rekhi

I wanted to put out my 5 social platform predictions for 2010, as I think we are poised to see another exciting year of innovation. Look for this to launch in 2010. In 2010 we'll start to see the discussion of API business models come to the forefront and I expect to see progress across the various models. As many of you know, I'm a big proponent of open platforms and have spent much of my career designing, building, or leveraging open platforms and APIs.

Getting to the Top in Product Marketing and Product Management

All About Product Management

I came across this video on Youtube and found it quite inspiring so I thought it was worth sharing. The introduction on what is product management/marketing is quite succinct and bang on target. Many of the points resonated with me especially the frequent referrals to the importance of the customer in developing your product offering. Hope you enjoy

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Meet the Product Manager

All About Product Management

What do you do when you’re a product manager (for web applications and tools) who has started a new job, assigned to an existing team who are just about to embark on the development of a range of new products and product features? We’ll whatever the correct answer is, this is what I have started to do. The first step I took was to review the situation and give the team the opportunity to voice their opinion.

Combining Classical and Agile Product Management

All About Product Management

I was asked to present, at an interview, on how I see the role of the product manager working in an agile scrum environment. The key areas that I highlighted were: Scope and responsibilities of the product manager in scrum Typical product management activities in scrum A typical day in the life of the agile product manager The agile product management framework A case study – the benefits See full presentation below.

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Product Management interview question on strategy and tactics

All About Product Management

I was being interviewed for a Product Managers position by a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who used to do the job that I was interviewing for. The company has adopted and really embraced scrum so naturally expects the Product Manager to take on many of the Product Owners responsibilities. I ask the COO to broadly split the role down into three aspects. His reply was: 1. Vision and Strategy 2. Execution and delivery 3.

The Curious case of 3Cs

SidsAvenue

In my earlier post “HAVE YOU MADE TO SHOUT WOW” , I have talked about correlating compensation to something I term as "WoW" factor. This post is to dive deeper and unravel the curious case of this wow factor, to understand the drivers, to identify the triggers that make people to shout wow. There are many people, many organizations out there doing what you are involved in.

Income Disparity: The void

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Since the last decade or so, India has been witnessing a constant growth in GDP and absorbs a major portion of the foreign money. The retail market has been booming, the real estate market its at its peak, salaries of a crore or more are common for top honchos in MNCs. The kind of money 3G auction brought in was one of the biggest of its kind. The kind of subscription the recent IPOs have received shows the level of liquidity present in the market.

Challenging Loyalty : Devdutt Pattanaik

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There are 2 political arenas. One is the national politics and the other is the Corporate politics. For professionals, apart from possessing the usual qualities like Talent, Attitude, Hard-working Nature its equally vital to know the rules of this game called corporate politics. This article from Devdutt is one weapon which could be used when there is tug-off ware between loyalty and Individuality.

Why I Love San Francisco

Sachin Rekhi

I had lunch with an old college buddy last week and he has been considering moving to San Francisco to start his next venture. We got into a discussion of the potential advantages and disadvantages of doing so. I thought I'd throw up my thoughts on the subject for those interested. I've been in San Francisco now for the past three years. My immediate prior residence was up in Seattle, but I originally grew up in upstate New York.

Tactics in Increasing Signal to Noise Ratio

Sachin Rekhi

One of the most disruptive trends in the Internet era has been turning a culture of scarcity on its head and transforming it to one of ubiquitous access. No longer is the news, music, videos, and games we consume controlled by powerful oligopolies who artificially constrain supply in order to increase the value of their offerings.

Corporate lesson on Dhunteras.

SidsAvenue

I dont think there could have been a better way of celebrating Dhunteras.Awesome article to read on this auspicious day when we all pray to Godess Lakhmi for wealth and Propsterity. Thanks to Devdutt Pattanaik. Long and short sight : Devdutt Pattanaik. Business Self help Social

Geeeeetttt Seeeeettt Go…

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My first date with blogging happened some 4-5 years back. It was one of my roommates who would do something on his laptop and then try to Google a specific name/keyword on my desktop. In response to my questions, he said he has found a way of expressing thoughts, a way of being a writer, a way of being famous and most important making money. The facts lured me like anything.

All About India

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All About India.Nice work. India Country Code 91 Country Code IN

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Silent Support Staff : Devdutt Pattanaik

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Silent Support Staff : Devdutt Pattanaik Technorati Tags: Business , Leadership , Corporate culture , Devdutt Pattanaik , Future Group. Business Self help

Dushera : A reason to celebrate respect

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This day "Dushera" has a special place in my life. We used to live in Staff quarters of a company which has intrests in Transport business. The company had around 30-40 trucks and on Dushera each of them would be washed clean and decorated and offered "Puja". At that time, I used to look forward to this day because it meant lots of sweets and then long ride in the truck. It was great fun. Even today, if I think of those days, a smile starts crawling on my face.

At the CrossRoads

SidsAvenue

One of the SMSes that I received read "Life is a hard teacher, it takes the test first and then teaches the lesson". I am currently going through a phase where I am learning something new everyday. The learning is not necessarily from my personal experience but also from others like I mentioned here … Recently I have completed a new chapter after a tiring test. The lesson is about how you perceive or how you react to situations in life.

The Future Is Here: Passive Monitoring

Sachin Rekhi

I remember as a kid being very excited about the future. One concept that was extremely enticing was the coming age of robots. I was assured that they were only around the corner by my favorite cartoon at the time, The Jetsons , and their robot Rosie. I knew in the future I would want my very own robot to take care of the laundry, vacuum the house, and cook all my meals.

Project Completed. Sure?

SidsAvenue

These days every thing is a project. Everything is about KRA completion. Infact, KRA achievement is the only thing which everybody is looking to accomplish. And this not because of the poeple, the system itself is such that everything your appraisal, your growth, your honour everything is linked to KRA. If you fail to achieve your KRA, you are no good for anything. Infact, for Blogging also theres a KRA.

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Why I Abandoned the Rackspace Cloud

Sachin Rekhi

AWS is currently offering completely free data transfer into EC2 instances for the first half of 2010. As many of you know, I'm a huge proponent of on-demand computing as I believe it's the best starting point for most early stage web startups. Cloud computing allows a venture to substitute high initial capital expenditures for operating expenses that grow proportional to your traction.

My Development Stack

Sachin Rekhi

A Day in the Life of a Silicon Valley Startup View more presentations from Sachin Rekhi. I'm always interested in improving my development stack in order to maximize productivity, facilitate rapid iterations, and maintain flexibility. Over the years I've periodically iterated my web stack, from a Microsoft-based self-hosted environment, to a PHP-centered world, to finally my present PythonDjango stack on top of a cloud platform.

The Next Chapter in Online Content Discovery

Sachin Rekhi

Feedera (2010) is one such attempt to build a tool to help sort through the clutter and allow us to efficiently consume the best content available through ubiquitous social streams. Over the past two decades we have seen an evolution in the way we discover the content we consume online. I wanted to chronicle this evolution as well as offer a better way to take advantage of the next chapter in content consumption. Mega Portals Dominate.

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3 most adorable Companions of a Bachelor

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I have spent a considerable time of my life living away from family and as a bachelor. 4 years during my engineering and then 5+ years while working till I finally got married 8 months back. Since last few days, I have again got to be in the bachelor mode as my wife is away on travel. The routine was disturbed. There was nobody to take care of my food, my clothes. So I went into flashback to recollect how was I living when I was alone and 3 things caught my mind.

Startup Lessons Learned from my Recent Wedding

Sachin Rekhi

As many of you know, I spent the last two weeks getting married. Yes, it did indeed take two weeks, including a wedding on April 24th in the Bay Area, as well as a reception in my home town in Rochester, NY on May 1st. Beyond the actual wedding festivities, there were months of planning and preparations prior to the events. Now that all of this has culminated, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the lessons learned relevant to the startup community from my recent wedding experience.

Have you made to shout "WOW"

SidsAvenue

One thing that has always and still amuses me is the income disparity across the globe. A study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University reports that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000, and that the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total Pasted from I was more stunned by people who are paid Himalayan salaries, who are in the richest 10% bracket. What special does these group of people do?

Intelligent case of Customer service

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Yesterday I went to one of the roadside food joints near my house because of yes you guessed it right :).my my wife…she loves the food there. I was not very keen but as you all people who are married know…you cannot decline wife's demand. So in view of the peaceful environment at home :) I also joined her. And you know what, My wife was right, the food was awesome. But what stunned me more was the presence of something which I never expected at a place of this sort.

Random Thoughts

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Do what you love to do and people will love what you do. Self help

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Recession must have not happened. Dont you agree?

SidsAvenue

It rarely happens that everybody across the globe is victim of a single thing. And this occasion happened last year when the entire world was under Recession. Some of the world’s largest banks were closed, some declared bankruptcy. Millions of people lost jobs. People committed suicides as they could not cop up with the fact that they don’t have a job and they can’t support their family.

Compete? or Complement?

SidsAvenue

John was one of the most sought after employees in his company. His technical prowess was known to everybody. It was like he is the best. Until the day when Johny joined the organization. Johny had far more hands-on experience, he had far more experincing of using the tools to their best. In short, he had an edge over John. Obviously as expected, John started feeling insecure. The professional arrenagement was such that John had to work hand-in-hand with Johny.

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The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar

Sachin Rekhi

Based on a suggestion from Andrew Chen , I spent Saturday afternoon reading The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar , which put me in a reflective mood on my own goals and vision for success here in Silicon Valley. Randy Komisar put together a short narrative that challenges the traditional assumption of the deferred life plan, romanticizes the notion of business as a creative pursuit, and even finds room to go into a discourse on self-knowledge of one's own motivations.

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They say Knowledge is Power. Is it true?

SidsAvenue

I still remember this line "knowledge is power" was scribed on the walls of one of the classroom in my school. I was really moved by this line and started filling in my brain as much as possible. I still do it. Thanks to the Internet, it is not very difficult to improve one's knowledge about anything and everything. I believed that as I have the knowledge, I have the power.

Optimizing for Fundamental vs Strategic Value

Sachin Rekhi

Every week I meet with different entrepreneurs asking for my advice on topics ranging from funding strategy, exit opportunities, user acquisition, monetization, to technology investment. However, unlike others who often have a set of best practices they like to dispense around these topics, I find myself spending a considerable amount of time understanding the entrepreneur's personal goals before laying out my recommendations.

Get rid of Pop-ups

SidsAvenue

These days people acorss industries have water tight KRA/KPIs. Their remuneration is liked to these KRAs and hence people are forced to achieve them at any cost. We are all in a very competitive world currently. I think the competitive index is the highest ever and I feel it will just keep going upwards. Thid competitive index has given birth to a new phenomenon.

Freemium Design Pattern: Scale Pricing with Customer Success

Sachin Rekhi

Lately I've been spending time thinking about freemium business models and how best to structure them to maximize conversions. I believe we are still early in our understanding of these models and to date most of the available analysis has been limited to anecdotal evidence, one-off case studies, tips & tricks, and a few early overviews of what's been tried. Despite this I think we are starting to see some interesting emerging design patterns and best practices coming together.

Whats your Statement

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I still remember my school principal used to fire students who were not in proper uniform. Infact, at times he used to lose his cool and beat them. He often would use the sentence " sab kabutaro me ek kauva " meaning "one crow in a flock of pigeons" for students who were not in uniform. I always made sure I dont get to hear this sentence. Then I moved to Engineering and here also there was a Dress Code ( Blue Jeans, White Shirt, Black shoes). I never really understood the purpose behind this.

Now I believe him.

SidsAvenue

I was once travelling by city bus in Mumbai. There was a lot of traffic jam and the bus was moving at a very slow place. The reason for the traffic was the work related to metro train being done on one side of the road. I had a aisle seat. I was watching a young man of around my age working on the drilling machine. He was wearing a torn, muddy trousers and a similar vest. Unconcerned about the traffic chaos around him, I felt he was doing his job as religiously as possible.