A Look at Open Source Inside Connected

Sachin Rekhi

The cost of building software products has dramatically fallen compared to a decade ago. Products that used to take millions of dollars are now being built for hundreds of thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars.

Understanding the Players in the Social Data Layer

Sachin Rekhi

Social is clearly one of the biggest trends on the web right now, with the majority of new apps and services taking advantage of your friends to provide a more participatory experience.

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Evernote, The 100 Year Company

Sachin Rekhi

Today I had the pleasure of attending the Evernote Trunk Conference , Evernote’s first ever developer-focused event. I was excited to attend not only because Connected is an app in the Evernote Trunk , but also because Evernote has been a break-out success story in the productivity space.

Connected: Your Personal Relationship Manager

Sachin Rekhi

Today I’m excited to announce the launch of my latest venture, Connected. Connected is a personal relationship manager that brings your contacts and conversations together in one place.

Reflections on the Technology Stack for Connected

Sachin Rekhi

Given the recent acquisition of Connected by LinkedIn , I thought it would be a great time to reflect on what worked well with our technology stack as well as what I would like to improve going forward. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, feel free to review my previous posts where I detail our technology stack and the open source libraries we leverage. In this post I’ll jump right into our learnings. What Worked Well. Python Django facilitated fast iteration.

The Resurgence of LinkedIn

Sachin Rekhi

And most recently, LinkedIn acquired CardMunch in January 2011. In the wake of LinkedIn’s announcement of reaching 100 million members , I’ve been impressed with the resurgence they have had in the past year. I thought I would showcase some of the recent product innovation from LinkedIn as well as cultural shifts we’ve seen from within the company that have contributed to this growth. Product Innovation.

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Design is Product, Product is Design

Sachin Rekhi

Last night I attended another fantastic Startup2Startup event focused on Interaction Design. The lineup was terrific with Jason Putorti , lead designer of Mint.com and now co-founder of Votizen, Kate Aronowitz , Director of Design and User Experience at Facebook, and Garry Tan , co-founder of Posterous and Designer in Residence for YCombinator. They brought together a breadth of experience in design across all stages of the startup lifecycle.

How to Hire Great Engineers for Your Startup

Sachin Rekhi

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the latest Startup2Startup on engineering management with Yishan Wong , an early director of engineering at Facebook. The area we spent the most time discussing, both during the presentation and during the discussion that followed, was how to hire great engineers for your startup. I thought it was a particularly appropriate topic given that I receive weekly requests from colleagues asking me for help on their quest for engineers.

The imeem Mafia

Sachin Rekhi

Last night I read Sarah Lacy's excellent post entitled Inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia. If you haven't read it yet, you should. It not only catalogues many of the excellent startups that have come out of Facebook, but the emerging patterns amongst the bunch. It got me thinking about my own experience at my previous startup, imeem. When I think back on imeem, I always felt that we had an incredible group of fascinating, talented, and ambitious people.

Portals, Chatbots and best practice in Government search

The Product Coalition

In 2011, I led a project at Sensis to investigate the implementation of best practice Government search in the Australian White Pages… Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ».

Product Management Mishap: Not so fast, Netflix!

Obo

It’s hard enough to change your business model without upsetting customers, but changing your business model by dividing the services you offer and requiring customers to make an additional account and pay an additional fee to access previously inclusive services without upsetting them is… downright impossible, as Netflix learned back in 2011 through the flop known as Qwikster. Strategy

A Decade of Product Management

Melissa Perri

Founders realizing they can't do it all on their own, that Product Management is a career, and an important skill for the executive team. -- 2011: "You are crazy for joining a startup, Melissa. They started to see the value. -- 2011: "Product reports to the VP of Engineering."

Software Piracy in the United States

Revulytics

According to the most recent BSA Global Software Survey in 2018 , software piracy in the United States is reported to be at 15 percent (down from 19 percent in 2011), yet has a commercial value of $8.6 billion in 2011).

The decade software ate the world

Inside Intercom

It was in August 2011 that Marc Andreessen coined the famous phrase “ Software is eating the world ” in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. In China, WeChat, which launched in 2011, sends about 45 billion messages every day.

Professor Clayton Christensen | An Appreciation

Business of Software Conference

His talk at Business of Software Conference 2011, where he opened the event, with his 90 minute talk on the Jobs Your Product Does , is often cited as one of the most important we’ve had the privilege of sharing – with our attendees and viewers around the world.

How To Talk To Your Executives About Agile

The Secret PM Handbook

Copyright (c) 2011 J. People have asked me “How can I get my execs to support an agile transformation? They don’t like that they can’t predict anything.”. Reframe the Agile conversation around value. Orient the conversation around value, not around methodologies. Picture credit below).

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Modus Turns Eight Years Old!

Modus Create

It’s hard to believe, March 1, 2011 doesn’t feel that long ago. It’s our 8th birthday today! As we look back at this incredible journey, the past year was one of huge milestones and growth for Modus.

The “Why” Behind Your Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

10 Reasons Why Strategic Plans Fail, Aileron, November 30, 2011. By Don Stoddard – In the very best companies, roadmaps support key objectives with very specific measures impacting the business.

Product Management Mishap: Not so fast, Netflix!

Obo

It’s hard enough to change your business model without upsetting customers, but changing your business model by dividing the services you offer and requiring customers to make an additional account and pay an additional fee to access previously inclusive services without upsetting them is… downright impossible, as Netflix learned back in 2011 through the flop known as Qwikster. The idea was to separate the streaming service from the DVD-by-mail service, to quit dividing focus and resources, and instead allow each to grow (or slowly fade into obscurity ) independently. So Netflix established Qwikster as the DVD-by-mail service, which required a separate account and a separate monthly fee from Netflix, the streaming service. This change did not any benefits to consumers (unless you count the tacked-on addition of video game rentals ), but managed to make the entire process less convenient and more expensive. Unsurprisingly, the change was not popular. In fact, the market response was legendary. Here are some highlights: according to the VP of Product from 2005-09 (just before Qwikster), Gibson Biddle , “The negative response was swift. Within a week, Netflix was the butt of jokes among late night talk show hosts, but worse, Netflix lost 800,000 customers. Netflix’s market cap dropped from $18B to $5B.” The Huffington Post wrote of Qwikster: “The misstep suggests to the public that Hastings is out of touch with what his customers want, a perception that a CEO cannot afford to have. It was a smart decision to mercy-kill Qwikster as quietly as possible before launch—even if it did prevent the rubber-necking American public the catharsis of watching it fail.”. Of course, the failure did not escape the scrutiny of the internet (“But… but… my popcorn’s still in the microwave! RIP Qwikster 2011-2011” –@billamend 2011), and Qwikster is still remembered, not only as the biggest blunder of Netflix’s history (“ From Qwikster to Emmy awards, take a look at the evolution of the streaming powerhouse that is @Netflix ” -@VanityFair), but as a kind of touchstone for similar failures across industries to this day (“Dear @Patreon: Remember that one time Netflix was like “We’re gonna split into a DVD service called Qwikster and a streaming service called Netflix” and everyone was like NO and they were like JK? You can be like JK on this one. Look at Netflix. They’re fine. Just say JK.” -@brentalfloss 2017). It would not be an overstatement to say that this choice to separate into Netflix and Qwikster was the quintessential “not going to ask what the marketplace, or even the customer, wants, just going to guess” business decision, and it’s possible that this massive negative response could have been avoided, or at least minimized, if they asked instead of guessed. Very few people are savants who can guess correctly what the market wants. Most of us need to back up our guesses with market research. In Netflix’s case, instigating the changes more gradually, and giving the user a choice on which services they wanted to pay for without requiring them to create an entirely new account, or just conducting a customer survey first could have reduced the overall backlash. Making sure that customer felt heard and considered before instigating such a massive change might have prevented them from needing to make themselves heard after the fact. Overall, this change should have asked less of the user, and to their credit maximizing convenience is something Netflix has begun to do more and more in the wake of Qwikster. The lesson might be that people will go out of their way, so to speak, for convenience. The post Product Management Mishap: Not so fast, Netflix! appeared first on Obo. Featured Market research Strategy Strategy & marketing

Using Research in Material Design by Elizabeth Churchill

Mind the Product

Design Systems, including Material Design , have been popular in the tech industry since around 2011, and provide designers and developers with a set of guidelines and components that govern how a product should feel.

Product Experimentation Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them by Jon Noronha

Mind the Product

Jon Noronha joined the product team for Microsoft’s Bing search engine in 2011 when the product, as he puts it, was “in a big hole” As the years went by, however, that turned around, and in late 2015, Microsoft reported that Bing had become profitable.

Don’t Miss These Amazing Speakers at #mtpcon Singapore

Mind the Product

Since 2011 she’s been a strategic product consultant, leading organisational design and transformation initiatives across finance, government, travel, e-commerce, and non-for-profit sectors.

How To Talk To Your Executives About Agile

The Secret PM Handbook

Copyright (c) 2011 J. People have asked me “How can I get my execs to support an agile transformation? They don’t like that they can’t predict anything.”. Reframe the Agile conversation around value. Orient the conversation around value, not around methodologies. Picture credit below).

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Remote Working Q&A with Wade Foster | Wednesday 6th March

Business of Software Conference

Wade Foster and his co-founder started Zapier (it rhymes with ‘happier’) back in 2011 during a hackathon. Join us on Wednesday 6th March for a live online Q&A with Wade Foster on Remote Working, CEO/Founder of Zapier.

Remote Working Q&A with Wade Foster | Wednesday 6th March

Business of Software Conference

Wade Foster and his co-founder started Zapier (it rhymes with ‘happier’) back in 2011 during a hackathon. Join us on Wednesday 6th March for a live online Q&A with Wade Foster on Remote Working, CEO/Founder of Zapier.

Developing Product Management Confidence

bpma ProductHub

Informed: Wake Up Wisdom for Women” in 2011. Contributed by Saikrishna Chavali and Jeff Segarra – Noted professor of business at Harvard Business School, Rosabeth Moss Kanter states that, “Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, and it’s not a character attribute.

Using Research in Material Design by Elizabeth Churchill

Mind the Product

Design Systems, including Material Design , have been popular in the tech industry since around 2011, and provide designers and developers with a set of guidelines and components that govern how a product should feel.

TEI 220: What makes a good product manager & who shouldn’t be one – with Marc Abraham

Product Innovation Educators

I got my first product management job in 2011 and have been learning ever since. [5:55] I got my first product management job in 2011 and have been learning ever since. [5:55] It’s all about creativity, curiosity, and customer focus for product managers.

The Proliferation of Pumpkin Spice: Has the Trend Gone Too Far?

AlphaHQ

And, according to Nielsen , the trend is bigger than ever: Sales of pumpkin spice products have grown by 79% since 2011, totaling $361 million. And, according to Nielsen , the trend is bigger than ever: Sales of pumpkin spice products have grown by 79% since 2011, totaling $361 million.”

#BoSFAQ | Jobs-to-be-done

Business of Software Conference

A | We have had a number of talks on the topic, stretching back to 2011! #BoSFAQ – Your questions, answered by our expert speakers. We like to help all our subscribers with a full catalogue of interesting and insightful talks from our previous Business of Software conferences. With over 200 talks to watch there is something for everyone – the first step is knowing your problem; that’s where #BoSFAQ comes in. Here we answer your questions, with the help of our expert speakers.

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

Mind the Product

In 2011, Nate left Stryker to build Brightface, a product development company that focused on mobile and web applications including Cycleface which was acquired by Strava, the #1 fitness app for endurance athletes.

Radical Product Strategy

Radical Product

This is the approach I took when I co-founded Likelii in 2011 to help wine enthusiasts find wines they were likely to like. Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash How to iterate less and achieve more In my recent talks and blog posts , I’ve shared the importance of having a clear vision to avoid common product diseases. But once you have a clear vision, what’s next? How do you translate that vision into action? Conventional wisdom says, “Through iteration, of course!”

What exactly does a Product Manager do? Redefining Product Management function

NextBigWhat

FYI: This definition was created in 2011 by Martin Eriksson – when there was no Uber, Airbnb & Google was still largely a search company.

Is This the End of Customer Success Software as We Know It?

Gainsight

He recounted how he went through a similar process when the marketing tech world was in its infancy back in 2011. Guess how many tools were on the market map in 2011, the first year it was produced?

On Product Marketing at Uber

Pragmatic Marketing

Founded in 2009 and officially launched in 2011, Uber Technologies Inc. revolutionized the direct transportation market.