How to Communicate When You’re Founding a Startup

Mind the Product

As such, for their team of startup experts, communication is absolutely key. Once you’ve got your startup or project up and running, resist the urge to ‘get building’ and take a minute to speak to people.

9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas

280 Group

The post 9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. This is a guest post by Scott Davis. Setting up your own business is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things in the world. It is a validation of your skills and knowledge.

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Building a Product Startup Within an Agency

Mind the Product

Let me explain: Why a Product Startup? Nevertheless, building a product startup within an existing business comes with its own challenges, not least trying to find new ways of working which are appropriate at a different size and scale. Why all Agencies Should run a Product Startup.

Taylor Wescoatt – Being the First Product Manager

Mind the Product

In working at Seedcamp and helping over 100 startups understand product thinking, Taylor Wescoatt has learned some valuable lessons he’d like to share, together with some real-world examples to drive the point home! Being the first product manager at a startup typically means being the 10th or 15th employee, and recognizing that – although product management has both tactical and strategic components – you’ll initially be more focused on tactics.

Growing Pains: What to Expect When Your Startup Hits a Growth Spurt

There is a very specific sweet & sour spot in the life of a product startup that every entrepreneur remembers with a loving cringe – that moment in your company’s lifecycle when something clicked, months of market penetration efforts paid off and users started swarming in.

Get Your Team Experimenting More by Using One Little Word…

Mind the Product

For me, as for many, the idea of applying a scientific approach (experiments, hypothesis, etc) to product management came from Eric Ries in Lean Startup. Lean Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Characteristics Lean Startup product planning

What Should Product Managers Do When Their Main Product Fails?

The Accidental Product Manager

They are a Silicon Valley startup that attracted a lot of attention. Pretty much any product manager that you talked with would tell you that they’d love to be working for a Silicon Valley startup. Product blood tests Edison Elizabeth Holmes hand-held minilab peer reviewed Silicon Valley startup Theranos trustTheranos is in bad shape, but they have introduced a new product Image Credit: Wikipedia.

Lean experiments: Tristan Kromer on better product process

Mind the Product

I spoke to Lean Startup coach Tristan Kromer at Lean Startup Week earlier this month, where he presented a workshop about a “lean experiments toolbox”. He is also editor and primary author of the Real Startup Book and runs lean consulting firm TriKro LLC.

TEI 080: Innovate like a startup – with Michael Docherty - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

When established companies decide they need to be more innovative, they often talk in terms of acting more like a startup. But acting like a startup is much more challenging in reality, especially for larger organizations. Instead, established companies can partner with startups.

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Making My Underwear an accessible product

Mind the Product

Product Design Product Launch Product Management Startups Product Focus strategy user researchThis is a story about My Underwear. Not my underwear —  but “My Underwear” — the mobile game for children from my old game studio.

Managing up as a newbie product manager


As PMs, we should be a wealth of product knowledge—especially at startups. As PMs, we should be a wealth of product knowledge—especially at startups. I’ve been Roadmunk’s newest product manager for 120 days (give-or-take).

Julie Zhou – Building a Culture of Growth

Mind the Product

When a startup or new product starts to get some traction, there often comes a decision to hire someone to manage growth without a full picture of what that will actually entail. Organisation Product Management ProductTank San Francisco Video Culture Growth hiring marketing startups

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

With the current mind share enjoyed by Lean Startup and minimally viable products (MVP), there is far too much shallow analysis from people jumping on the bandwagon of good ideas without fully understanding the ideas.

Good Products Start With Good Questions

Nir Eyal

Building Better Products Design Entrepreneurship product management startupNir’s Note: My friend Jake Knapp just published a fantastic book titled, Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. The book details a process he and his colleagues at Google Ventures use to quickly go from idea, to prototype, to live test. Jake put together an exclusive excerpt from the book for […].

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Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Melissa Perri

A Successful Start I learned about Minimum Viable Products like 99% of other Product Managers – through The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. If you’re interested in learning more about MVPs, I’m running a one day workshop in Paris on June 14, 2016. More information here. When I happened upon the book and Eric’s method, I […

Freelance Consulting and Product Management – Time to Join the gig Economy?

Mind the Product

Product Management Product Management Skills Role Startups product culture product management role strategyWhen should a start-up hire its first product manager? What responsibilities should this role include?

User Behavior can Bite you – Lessons From the Product Management Trenches

Mind the Product

I am the founder of Jodi Logik , an online matchmaking startup in India. Product Management Product Management Case Studies Product Management Skills Startups

Scaling Up a Product Organisation

Mind the Product

Early Stage Startup Product Managers are Founders. In an early stage startup, the Product Manager is the founder – burning through their own cash to make it happen. Once a startup is funded, then you will usually hire your first Product Manager. Funded Startup Co-Creator.

Talk product, eat pizza: Roadmunk’s first-ever Product & Pizza event


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A Certain Ratio – Bringing the Donuts 03/27/2017

Ken Norton

I spend a lot of time with startups, and a good portion of that time helping them think through organizational questions. One of the most common questions I get from growing startups is, what’s the ideal ratio of engineers to product managers? (A What's the ideal number of engineers for every PM? -. A different kind of P/E ratio.) For fun

Do You Have A Problem Worth Solving?

Street Smart Product Manager

Business Cases Lean Startup New Product Development Product Development Product Management business case market sizing market validation validated learningIn order to pursue any product idea — a new product, or a new feature for an existing product — you must make sure it’s a problem worth solving.

Why your IT Project is Doomed to Fail – David Kullmann (ProductTank NYC)

Mind the Product

David is a Partner and Development Manager at CitrusByte, working with both large corporations and startups to develop innovative software solutions to challenges they may be facing. David Kullman talks to ProductTank NYC about why most projects are doomed to fail right from the very start.

Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do

Nir Eyal

In this interview, she chats with Max Ogles about design strategy for startups. Nir’s Note: Irene Au is a design partner at Khosla Ventures and former Head of Design at Google, Yahoo, and Udacity. She’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) Q: You have an impressive background as […]. The post Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action Behavior design habit summit

Growing Pains: What to Expect When Your Startup Hits a Growth Spurt

There is a very specific sweet & sour spot in the life of a product startup that every entrepreneur remembers with a loving cringe – that moment in your company’s lifecycle when something clicked, months of market penetration efforts paid off and users started swarming in.

Why an MVP Needs to Be a Product and Not Just a Test

280 Group

It has been popularized by Lean Startup for nearly a decade. Although Eric Ries, the founder of Lean Startup, did not invent the term MVP, I credit him for its adoption into the standard lexicon of product teams. Interestingly, during the early days of Lean Startup, the whole.[continue

Confessions of a Product Manager or ‘What I wish I’d known sooner about product monetisation’


Like many startups, Newsmart now cites. “Launching isn’t hard. Coming up with an idea isn’t hard. Making something isn’t hard. It’s everything that comes after that.” – Jason Fried. Having written previously about the importance of monetisation to Product Managers it came as a shock recently to hear that my own product, Newsmart (a DowJones venture), is to be shuttered after nearly 3 years. Source. Product Management

Products That Count Podcast

Mironov Consulting

We also touched on how incentive structures shape the behavior of non-product groups (such as Sales), and when a startup should hire its first full-time product manager. Products That Count has a podcast as well as a monthly meetup.

25 must-read product management articles


Throughout my career as both a product manager and startup founder, there’s been one severely underrated skill I credit for much of my success—and that’s reading. What’s most critical to the success of a startup? Dear PMs, it’s time to rethink agile at enterprise startups.

Oprah versus Spock: Advice from Dan Olsen and The Lean Product Playbook

Mind the Product

I spoke to Dan recently in advance of Lean Startup Week in San Francisco, where Dan taught a masterclass on product/market fit. ” The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is one of the key learning methods described in the Lean Startup.

The Secret Ingredient To Getting Product Innovation Done: “Internalvangelists”

Street Smart Product Manager

In Lean Startup circles, we hear a lot about finding these special breed of customers. Because they’re the ones willing to make the initial bet on the startup, because they’ve bought into the startup’s vision and potential. So you’ve probably heard of “earlyvangelists” (No? Read this post by Steve Blank, who coined the term.)

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

The Lean Startup: Eric Ries [9:49]. The Lean Startup. The Lean Startup encouraged us to ask, “Does anyone want our solution?” Many of you may guess what it was, but about five years ago Eric Ries launched The Lean Startup.

How Compare and Contrast Decisions Lead to Better Product Outcomes

Product Talk

Back in 2008, I was a product manager at a startup that operated online communities for university alumni associations. This past week I was in London speaking at Mind the Product. As usual, the Mind the Product team hosted a phenomenal event.

How to Improve Your Experiment Design (And Build Trust in Your Product Experiments)

Product Talk

If you’ve been following along with the growth of the Lean Startup and other experimental methods, you’ve probably come across this hypothesis format: We believe [this capability]. I’ve got a pet peeve to share with you. Will result in [this outcome]. We will have confidence to proceed when [we see these measurable signals]. If you aren’t familiar with this format, you can learn more about it here.

SaaS product management explained by 6 product managers


For mature startups, this may come through in software acquisitions or new internal product builds. From emerging startups to medium-sized companies, organic referrals will always be critical to adoption of new features and a business’ overall success.

All I know is coding. Can I become a Product Manager?

Product Management Club

At a smaller company or a startup, usually one person plays both roles. So if you are looking to get experience in both these areas, it is best to do it at a smaller company or a startup. We get this question a lot. This is very typical of someone from a technical background (ex.

2017 Product Conferences

Product Talk

Lean Startup Conference. Detroit Startup Week. The Lean Startup Summit. Lean Startup Conference . I often get and see on social media questions about upcoming product conferences. So we compiled a list. I say we because my assistant, Karen did most of the heavy-lifting. This list is by no means exhaustive.

Innovation is Broken by Janice Fraser

Mind the Product

These Entrepreneurial Leaders need new skills and a different mindset, because ideas like Good and Progress look very different in a startup than they do in the core business. What is the point of innovation?

3 Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Product Discovery

Product Talk

What this means is that this company, Arity, sometimes acts like a startup because they’re a small company that’s being protected to go and do their own thing. It’s easy to think you already do continuous product discovery.

From Product Manager to Partner: An Interview with Ashley Carroll


Hailing from a tenured career in product management, she was just super passionate about working with startups. “I I had become pretty active as a mentor and advisor to various startups and really enjoyed it!

First Things First: How Does A Product Manager Start?

The Accidental Product Manager

I recently had a chance to start a new job as a product manager for a startup that had never had a product manager before. The startup up that I joined had a great product (in my opinion – that’s why I joined them!)