2009

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Five Common Challenges for Product Managers in Agile Teams - Webinar

Pragmatic Marketing

Watch Five Common Challenges for Product Managers in Agile Teams. Download the Webinar. Download the Webinar. Download from iTunes. Download the Slides. Get Notified of Webinars.

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The Value of the Y Combinator Experience

Sachin Rekhi

I'm often asked about my Y Combinator experience so I thought I would take the time to blog about it. I did Y Combinator the Summer of 2007 in Boston with two awesome co-founders. We built Anywhere.FM , a web music player that brought an iTunes-like experience to the web, and eventually sold it to imeem. So what is Y Combinator? Y Combinator is a new kind of seed stage venture firm.

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Advice for up and coming Product Managers

All About Product Management

I received a phone call at the beginning of the year from PM magazine. They wanted to interview me on my thoughts on how young members of a product team could grow in their careers. The questions they asked along with my answers are as follows: 1. What can young project team members do to climb the learning curve, make an impact and stand out in the eyes of their managers?

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The Resonance

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The Indian history and Indian mythology has mention of events and powers which do not exist currently and which do not have any scientific reasoning. To list a few, raag “ Malhar ” by Tansen is believed to have caused rains when sung. Similarly, raag “Deepak” would light up all the lamps. Ravana was supposedly having a plane which he used to kidnap Sita(Wife of Rama).

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Platform Product Management Beyond Features: Introducing B-MAP for Platform Ecosystem Success

Traditional PM struggles with the complexities of platform ecosystems. B-MAP framework tackles this challenge. B-MAP goes beyond features, focusing on building, managing, adapting, and partnering to foster a thriving platform ecosystem.

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Role of Product Management When Development Goes Agile - Webinar

Pragmatic Marketing

What is the role of product management in an agile environment? Is the role of product owner something different? Developers often see product managers as technical resources. Agile seems to have made this orientation worse, with product managers getting pulled into deeper, tactical activities. But spending so much time with internal teams means less time spent in the market as a resource for strategy and business thinking at the product level.

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Ten Ways to Identify an Impending Product Launch Disaster - Webinar

Pragmatic Marketing

There are ten easily identifiable signs that can help forecast a product launch may be in trouble. Signs you can address and fix before the launch becomes a disaster. The process of introducing a product to market is a serious undertaking. Unfortunately for many companies it’s merely an afterthought; a checklist of deliverables created at the end of product development.

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Prioritizing Your Backlog for Profit - Webinar

Pragmatic Marketing

Agile product managers (and their Agile development teams) are told to prioritize backlogs based on ROI. In practice, this isn't possible. Prioritizing for Profit is a better approach. By defining a core set of attributes that include stakeholder preferences, corporate strategy, and specific ways to increase profitability, product managers can create backlogs that support the company's longer-term goals as well as short-term development needs.

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Product Companies Need Product Managers, Not Product Owners - Webinar

Pragmatic Marketing

Product Managers are responsible for the overall market success of their products, not just delivery of software. In the Agile world, a new title is emerging -- the Product Owner -- which covers just a small subset of the Product Management role. While this makes sense for internal IT groups that have traditionally gone without Product Management, Agile product companies (that need to deliver customer revenue with their offerings) need full-fledged Product Managers to drive strategic activities

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Product Launch in an Agile World - Webinar

Pragmatic Marketing

How would you like to ship something every week? Agile software development methods can produce dramatic productivity improvements but can also create havoc for Sales and Marketing teams. Frequent product releases can often surpass the ability of organizations to absorb the changes in a manageable way. This can result in new product capabilities that should be emphasized being lost in the chaos of getting the product to market.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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Agile, Roadmaps, and Requirements: Are they mutually exclusive? - Webinar

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Your developers have gone agile. They want a backlog and user stories. Executives want a roadmap with a longer view. How do you connect strategy with execution? What happens to the roadmap and requirements when you go agile? Attend this session to find out what product managers need to provide to their agile development teams. Watch Agile, Roadmaps, and Requirements: Are they mutually exclusive?

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Goodbye 2009 and Welcome 2010

Sachin Rekhi

It has been exactly a year since I started this blog, as it was one of my new year's resolutions for 2009. So how did I do? Well, I'd say it went as well as a typical new year's resolution: highly motivated at the beginning with great progress in the first half of the year, then the consistency started to lapse, with eventual abandonment towards the last quarter of the year.

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Google App Engine Task Queues, Push vs. Pull Paradigm, and Web Hooks

Sachin Rekhi

Despite my post last week on the Shortcomings of Google App Engine and my decision to move away from it as a viable platform for upcoming projects, I have been impressed with the overall architecture and design of their experimental Task Queue API. Google throughout its years has been a leader in interface design and that has been reflected not only in the UI of the products they have built, but the countless API interfaces they have published.

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Shortcomings of Google App Engine

Sachin Rekhi

As many of you know, I have been a huge fan of Google App Engine. I love the vision and truly believe its the first real platform-as-a-service as opposed to the other dominant cloud platform Amazon AWS. While AWS has significantly moved the industry forward with on-demand virtualized instances and cloud storage, it has not developed a fully scalable runtime environment comparable to Google App Engine.

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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Clara Shih, The Facebook Era, and Business Opportunities on Facebook

Sachin Rekhi

Several months ago I had the opportunity to sit in on a guest lecture Clara Shih gave at the Stanford Seminar on People, Computers, and Design. Clara has spent the last several years at Salesforce leading their social networking product strategy as well as developed Faceconnector , the first business app on Facebook that made it easy to integrate Facebook profile data into Salesforce CRM tools.

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Respect for the Criminal Trial Process

Sachin Rekhi

In a departure from my usual focus on startups, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on my most recent experience in jury duty. I was selected as one of twelve jurors for a murder trial against a defendant who was accused of beating up his girlfriend and throwing her out of her apartment window in San Francisco in 2005. After an intense 2 week trial and jury deliberation, we today found the defendant guilty.

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Designing and Testing an Ad Product: 5 Lessons Learned From imeem's Audio Ads

Sachin Rekhi

Andrew Chen asked me to write a guest post on his blog about some of my experiences monetizing music at imeem. I wanted to share it here as well. Introduction. In its search to find the most effective way to monetize user’s time spent listening to music, imeem has become one of the early innovators in the nascent online audio advertising space. From the process of designing, testing, and iterating on imeem’s unique audio ad product, I wanted to highlight 5 key lessons learned that are applicable

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My Muses for Brainstorming Startup Ideas

Sachin Rekhi

As today marks my first day as an Entrepreneur -in- Residence at Trinity Ventures , I'm spending a lot of time thinking about how to formalize my process for starting a new venture. Every startup goes through phases including brainstorming ideas, selecting evaluation criteria, performing due diligence on top ideas, picking a winner, deciding on a corporate structure , putting together the team, evaluating funding options, and more.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Protect Yourself with the Corporate Veil

Sachin Rekhi

While I am a big believer that entrepreneurs should spend the majority of their time focusing on getting a quality product to market, one piece of overhead that should never be overlooked is incorporating or forming an LLC prior to product launch. To some this is obvious. Of course you setup your corporate structure before anything else. But to hackers and hobby programmers this may not be their first instinct.

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Lessons Learned from imeem

Sachin Rekhi

Before moving on to a new phase in my career, I always like to reflect on the previous experience and put together key takeaways that I can leverage in the next opportunity. It's that time again as this past Wednesday was my last day at imeem. As some of you know, imeem acquired Anywhere.FM at the end of 2007. Since then I've helped to migrate Anywhere.FM, develop the imeem Media Platform , and contribute to a variety of monetization projects.

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Monetize Online Music with Audio Ads

Sachin Rekhi

Despite the over 200 music startups that launched in 2008 , I am disappointed with the lack of startup innovation in the space. While many of them definitely nailed building something people want, most failed to make something people will buy. When developing a startup, figuring out a viable business model is as important as producing a compelling product.

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9 Startups to Help You Build Your Virtual Economy

Sachin Rekhi

So are you thinking about adding a virtual economy to your app or website? The great news is there are a variety of startups out there waiting to help you! Incentivized CPA Offers and Direct Payments. Over the last two years more than a half dozen partners have emerged to supply publishers with offers and direct payment options to fuel cash flows into their virtual economy.

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The Data Metaverse: Unpacking the Roles, Use Cases, and Tech Trends in Data and AI

Speaker: Aindra Misra, Sr. Staff Product Manager of Data & AI at BILL (Previously PM Lead at Twitter/X)

Embark on a transformation journey into the heart of the data ecosystem! This webinar is your gateway to a deeper comprehension of the foundations that drive the data industry and will equip you with the knowledge needed to navigate the evolving landscape. Delve into the diverse use cases where data analytics plays a pivotal role. We’ll explore how these applications are transforming with the introduction of Gen AI, and discuss the anticipated use cases for 2024 and beyond.

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Incorporating Virtual Currencies in Non-Gaming Sites

Sachin Rekhi

2008 saw an explosion in virtual currencies and their associated virtual goods all across the internet. With Facebook social game Mob Wars suspected of making a million dollars a month and Zynga rumored to have made $50 million in revenue in 2008 off of its social and iPhone games, companies are seeing real revenue from this burgeoning monetization model.

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Monetize the Twitter API

Sachin Rekhi

Silicon Alley Insider recently announced The Create a Twitter Revenue Model contest. I decided to throw together an entry and today SAI has picked it as one of the finalists. So I thought I would write a blog post summarizing my submission. Thinking about business models for Twitter is always a fun exercise. I see Twitter as the epitome of web 2.0 - a sticky communication app with few differentiated user segments, minimal expressed interest, and no purchase intent.

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Make Something People Will Buy

Sachin Rekhi

Y Combinator is famous for its well known motto " Make Something People Want." This very simple statement serves as a guiding principle for a startup, helping to focus it on this core goal early on: to ensure that its product provides compelling value to its target audience. It also de-emphasizes many secondary issues that, while important, are not likely to be an early cause of failure for a startup.

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The Rise of Media APIs

Sachin Rekhi

Last year at the SocialMedia Business School I gave a presentation on Media APIs and how they could be leveraged to enhance existing experiences or build entirely new services around freely available media content. Since I have received many follow up questions, I thought I would take the opportunity to expand on the topic. Media APIs. 2008 definitely saw a rise in media APIs across the major media content types with ProgrammableWeb cataloging 38 music, 42 video, and 37 photo APIs.

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IDC Analyst Report: The Open Source Blind Spot Putting Businesses at Risk

In a recent study, IDC found that 64% of organizations said they were already using open source in software development with a further 25% planning to in the next year. Most organizations are unaware of just how much open-source code is used and underestimate their dependency on it. As enterprises grow the use of open-source software, they face a new challenge: understanding the scope of open-source software that's being used throughout the organization and the corresponding exposure.