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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.

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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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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.

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Personal Branding; how to brand, market and sell yourself as an entrepreneur

Bryce York

Step #1 – Define yourself, in a 30 second soundbite, this needs to be so simple you can say it at gunpoint if you’re woken at 3 AM. For myself; “I’m creating amazing products and valuable content for eCommerce business owners – by solving real problems that everyone else is ignoring.” Now you know who you are, does everyone else know and agree that this is your identity?

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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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. Instead, the new found democratization of media and information has been a win for all consumers, giving them the ability to consume their content wherever, whenever,

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Why I Abandoned the Rackspace Cloud

Sachin Rekhi

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. Equally important is its ability to flexibility scale and retract with the ebb and flow of your business.

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The Next Chapter in Online Content Discovery

Sachin Rekhi

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. Many of us only faintly remember a world before the world wide web and the Internet. A world dominated by online services Prodigy (1990) and AOL (1991).

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5 Social Platform Predictions for 2010

Sachin Rekhi

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. While we have seen explosive growth in social platforms over the past several years, I believe they are still very early in their history. 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.

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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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What is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence?

Sachin Rekhi

After last week's post I got quite a few folks asking me what exactly is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Since I didn't describe it in my previous post and there isn't very good information out there about the role, I thought I would provide an overview, it's benefits, and drawbacks. The Role The reason the definition of an Entrepreneur-in-Residence is so elusive is because the role takes on different meanings at different firms.

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Lessons Learned as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Sachin Rekhi

As many of you know, I spent the better half of 2009 as an Entrepreneur -in- Residence at Trinity Ventures. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had and would encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to do it. Working alongside Gus Tai , Ajay Chopra , Jim Tybur , Dan Scholnick , and the rest of the Trinity team provided an inside look into the world of venture capital.

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The PayPal Wars and its Lessons for Today's Entrepreneurs

Sachin Rekhi

I was perusing Andrew Chen 's bookshelf and came across The PayPal Wars by Eric M. Jackson. It turned out to be a riveting tail of the entire journey of PayPal, from its early conception to its monstrous success, retold by one of its earliest hires in marketing. It's a story I thought I knew, but there was so much more to it than the simple success story we all hear about.

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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.

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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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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.

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Go Green@Free

SidsAvenue

Go Green is the latest buzzword. The internet is flooded with various ideas, tricks and ways of going green. There are various tools to measure the carbon footprint. Every industry is doing something or other to be green. From business point of view, Carbon credits are getting a place in the balance sheet. Being green means more carbon credits. For the Go Green revolution to be really effective, the common man also has to play a part.

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Income Disparity: The void

SidsAvenue

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.

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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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Challenging Loyalty : Devdutt Pattanaik

SidsAvenue

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.

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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.

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Dushera : A reason to celebrate respect

SidsAvenue

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.

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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.

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A Tale of Two Case Studies: Using LLMs in Production

Speaker: Tony Karrer, Ryan Barker, Grant Wiles, Zach Asman, & Mark Pace

Join our exclusive webinar with top industry visionaries, where we'll explore the latest innovations in Artificial Intelligence and the incredible potential of LLMs. We'll walk through two compelling case studies that showcase how AI is reimagining industries and revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. Some takeaways include: How to test and evaluate results 📊 Why confidence scoring matters 🔐 How to assess cost and quality 🤖 Cross-platform cost vs. quality tr