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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Product Management Memory Lane with Alyssa Dver

bpma ProductHub

Informed: Wake Up Wisdom for Women” in 2011. Contributed by Saikrishna Chavali. Kicking off the 2017 BPMA calendar is Alyssa Dver on using Neuroscience to build confidence.

An Introduction to Product Discovery

Product Talk

The Lean Startup came out in 2011. I continue to be surprised by how many product managers aren’t familiar with dual-track development. I don’t care if you know the buzzwords or if you can define the difference between product discovery and product delivery.

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.

Technology-Powered Disruption

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This was written back in 2011, and I’ve been watching his predictions play out in companies all around the world. Most people by now have read Marc Andreessen’s Why Software Is Eating The World. While my focus is primarily on technology-powered software products, services and devices, I’m also very interested to find other industries where the techniques of modern product are used to disrupt their spaces.

Can Apple’s Product Managers Win Back The Movie Market?

The Accidental Product Manager

Back in 2011 Spotify showed up and started offering a subscription music streaming service. Apple’s share of the movie market has been falling lately Image Credit: So just in case you didn’t realize it, Apple makes a lot of money from both renting and selling movies.

Putting $125M to work for you, our customers

Inside Intercom

In 2011 we launched the Intercom Messenger in the same 12 months that iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Whatsapp, and others launched too. 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.

How Can Product Managers Get Their Customers To Ride?

The Accidental Product Manager

They got into the motorcycle business by buying the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing brand from a private equity firm back in 2011 and then launched the Indian line of motorcycles two years later.

What we learned moving sales and product upmarket together

Inside Intercom

In 2011 Marc Andreessen declared that software is eating the world. As Intercom’s customer base moved upmarket, it became increasingly obvious to us in Sales that what worked well in our product for early-stage startups didn’t for larger companies. To fix it, we had to change how we worked with our product team.

Startup marketing: strategies for year one

Inside Intercom

In the very early days of Intercom the marketing hat fell on my head, but I’d be doing marketing a disservice (and 2011 Des a disservice) if I said that’s what I thought I was doing. The most important tasks for any early stage startup are to write code and talk to users. When we started Intercom the latter was my job.

The top marketing statistics for 2018 and why they matter

Inside Intercom

7X: You’re 7 times more likely to win a deal if you respond to prospects in less than an hour versus responding in two hours ( HBR, 2011 ). There are few functions where the phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same” rings truer than in marketing.

Don Norman's Principles of Interaction Design

Sachin Rekhi

Apple shook up the world in 2011 when it introduced natural scrolling to Mac OS X Lion. When I first started learning about product design, one of the most influential books I read was The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman.

Paving the Cow Path and Other Stories by Simon Cross

Mind the Product

Its first version shipped in August 2011 and didn’t have the growth curve that the company had expected, according to Cross.

AMA with James Royal-Lawson, co-host of the UX Podcast

Userzoom

It’s been hugely rewarding – when we started out back in 2011 we just wanted to try to break down the silos a little bit – to connect together the various groups that need to work well and understand each other in order to make great digital stuff! Last week on our UX community Slack channel , we hosted a live AMA with James Royal-Lawson, the Stockholm-based UXer, optimiser, web analyst and podcaster.

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Product Management Insights: Selling Usage Analytics to Your CMO

Revulytics

And it’s harder to ensure meaningful investments in a technology landscape that has exploded over the last six years – from 150 vendors in 2011 to nearly 5,000, according MarTech Today. This year, IT spending by the CMO will outpace that of the CIO, according to Gartner. Marketing technology budgets have soared as CMOs take ownership of the crucial customer-facing software that powers digital transformations.

John McEnroe’s Lessons for Overseas Auditing Engagements (sort of)

Revulytics

As such, India's software piracy rate has steadily been on the decline – from 2005, when 74 percent of all software use was pirated software, to 63 percent in 2011, to 60 percent in 2014. “I wake up in a sweat. My pillow's damp and I don't know what day is. Did I miss the match?

Marty meets Martin: connecting the two triads of Product Management

The Product Coalition

2011 Martin Eriksson. Photo by Raul Petri on Unsplash When defining the job of a product manager, at least one of two definitions always pops up.

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Product Management Tools; Three Questions to Improve Product Management; Happy Holidays 2014

Good Product Manager

Back in 2011, I published The Twelve Days of Product Management , my take on the classic song, designed for product managers and those who work with product managers. SiriusDecisions Field Guide Product Management Tools. I’m pleased to announce the release of the SiriusDecisions Field Guide “Product Planning, Prioritization and Roadmapping 2015.” ” This is a project that I have been involved in for the past several months with several colleagues at SiriusDecisions.

The right way to make your product data useful (hint: give it context)

The Product Coalition

principal $13,500 June 2011: Late payment on car loan July 2012: Applied for mortgage August 2012: Late payment on car loan Feb 2013: signup for credit card Feb 2014: credit card limit extended May 2014: Car loan balance paid in full May 2014: Mortgage issued?—?principal

A Product is a Product: product management is not just software!

The Product Coalition

2011 Martin Eriksson. Photo by Mark Rabe on Unsplash When defining the job of a product manager, at least one of two definitions always pops up.

Behind Every Great Product

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In the year 2011, Lea was leading product for Adobe’s Creative Suite. Article: Behind Every Great Product. When I first decided to start The Silicon Valley Product Group, I had just left eBay and had some very strong opinions about what makes great product teams, and great product cultures, and while there were more than a few important thinkers and leaders on these topics, one area that I felt was under-represented was the role of product management.

Customer retention is the new conversion

Inside Intercom

Intercom has grown like a weed since I’ve been involved, which is August 15, 2011, our incorporation date. Convincing potential users to sign up for your product isn’t easy. But what happens next is far more important.

Don’t Miss These Speakers at #mtpcon San Francisco

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 not-for-profit sectors.

More Awesome Speakers for #mtpcon SF 2017

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.

Begin Your Revenue Marketing Journey

Pragmatic Marketing

Since its introduction in early 2011, the RMJ has been tested with thousands of marketers and has proven to be an easy way to set a course for any marketing organization to more concretely connect with revenue. What has changed so much about B2B marketing in the last few years that we’re now using a term like revenue marketing? In a nutshell: accountability. Ask yourself these two questions: Do you currently have any kind of revenue accountability?

Growth Lessons Learned from LinkedIn

Sachin Rekhi

When LinkedIn acquired my startup Connected in 2011, Elliot Shmukler was the sponsor for the acquisition and I ended up reporting directly to him.