Product Management/Strategy Related Articles

Why Business Models Fail? Pipes Vs. Platforms

By |May 2nd, 2013|

Why do most social networks never take off? Why are marketplaces such difficult businesses? Why do startups with the best technology fail so often?

How do you make your site visitors create strong passwords? [Ans: Scare them]

By |April 26th, 2013|

Beyond the geeky and uber audience, most of the netizens are naive and while you cannot expect them to be smart, the responsibility shifts away from the user to the system.

Looking for a product manager for your startup? Find a conflict manager

By |April 4th, 2013|

It's a good news if you are looking for a product manager, who at the end of his experience don’t want to say I had spec out the whole product but who will say I helped specing out the whole product helping company to achieve have what we have right now in reality.

Two Ecommerce Ideas I will Invest in [Product Platform]

By |March 13th, 2013|

These services should come as a plug and play and ideally, a platform approach will work. That is, plug into a *Kart system and let their support teams tweak the platform according to their requirement.

The Fifth P of Marketing

By |March 13th, 2013|

Of course it's difficult and very challenging for most brands to weave in context into their branded narrative. Their ad agencies , PR departments and communication managers were not trained for that . In fact we were all raised to stay away from real context. Brands were happy in their silo make-believe-happy-faces-self-centred world. But consumers have moved on. In the same internet session, a consumer can like the facebook contest of a noodle brand, sign an online petition on and snap a deal at an e-commerce site.

How To Design A Loyalty Program : Lessons from ZopNow

By |March 11th, 2013|

I hardly save Rs.5-10 every week due to Zoppies but this reward system is so well integrated to the ZopNow experience that they can easily influence our behavior by using this system. Though this system is almost like a closed wallet but the way ZopNow has leveraged this is commendable.

Why a Product Manager is an everyday James Bond! [M is the Boss]

By |March 6th, 2013|

James Bond: Always smooth and suave,charming and eloquent. Knows how to make the other person feel important to get the job done.

The Dawn of the Context Engine. And why Clippy needs to get more interesting

By |February 22nd, 2013|

Do you recall Clippy? That annoying personal assistant on MS Office, that’d popup and tell you the obvious. “I see that you are typing a letter, do you want me to help?” Context engines that say the obvious will be shunned. They have to tell something interesting every time they show up.

Product Lessons from Tally: The ability to deploy and start using the product within 60 seconds is the key

By |February 12th, 2013|

Those days we printed bar codes on a dot matrix printer. My first customer was Prestige, when they were just moving to real estate. He had garment and textile retail shops at that time. My first corporate customer was Madura Garments.

How to make digital education work in India?

By |January 17th, 2013|

Why do you need Ed-Tech at all? Are we trying to solve a problem or selling a dream? We have reviewed usage of Learning Management Systems in some of the best business schools. The results were disappointing – with almost no traffic on these websites

So what exactly is a product?

By |January 16th, 2013|

If you are the product marketing manager, what elements will you look to market the product? Do you sell your product like a product (set of features)? Or something else?

Startups: Do NOT sell cloud. Sell Product.

By |December 18th, 2012|

Startups in cloud space tend to use cloud as a marketing buzzword and while it purely works for investor pitch, it doesn't really work for your customers. Especially in India where CXOs are clueless about cloud and often base their decisions on market reports, which are mostly written by consultants to drive more F.U.D into the market.

Video: How to Design like Apple [Design has to complement usability, NOT detract from it]

By |December 13th, 2012|

And how did Jobs and Apple do it? The company follows a set of simple but strict rules to ensure that every product meets Jobs’ standards for clean and flawless design. First, design must complement and improve the product’s usability, never detract from it.

Of GOSF and Big Bang Launch : Day 1 Revenue for PayTM Tickets : ~ INR 37 lakhs

By |December 13th, 2012|

PayTM which launched its bus ticketing serviceon 12/12/12 had a major blast - the company recorded 3012 ticket booking amounting to total revenue of Rs. 3676776.0 in the first day of the business.

Lessons from Enterprise Client Acquisition : Vagueness around Pricing/SLAs/Deliverable kills it all

By |December 5th, 2012|

DO NOT be vague about any of these- deliverables, price, SLA’s. These are things that should be told about upfront to avoid wasting both parties’ time. Customers want to set expectations and move from there as much as you’d not like to be misunderstood and later lose them out.