I am not sure what VCs mean when they say ‘it’s not scalable’. I don’t even know if that is a criticism or a compliment. What I do know is that it’s completely worth the pain and it’s not replicable over night.
There is nothing like a customer totally dependent on you to perform certain activities. It’s the most nirvana state for any business.
Look around and you will notice that some of the most awesome products that you treasure are the ones who have delivered consistently. And more so, consistency in the world of ‘alpha/beta/MVP’ release cycle is super amazing!!
Let’s be honest. Who is actually innovating in your company? The tie-and-suit class (i.e. everything but engineering) OR the jeans-and-tee one (geeks)?
So Google is killing Google Reader and suddenly, there is a rush of activity among competitors to grab those users. While Feedly has been trying to maximize the play, launch of AOL/Digg reader makes me ask a few questions.
Implicit data such as user location, age and location can be used to tailor products based on demographics, whilst explicit personalisation, based on past purchases and searches for example, can be employed once you’ve been able to capture who they are.
Then comes the shock – otherwise known as the real world. What does that look like?
Ugly teens turn into beautiful adults : It’s okay if your first iteration sucks.
People define product management at an action level (negotiating, evaluating mockups, marketing plans etc..) rather than at a principle level creating confusion in the definition. Very few leaders realize that they all converge into 3 core principles.
Why do most social networks never take off?
Why are marketplaces such difficult businesses?
Why do startups with the best technology fail so often?