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How to Become Google, Amazon, or Facebook (in Theory)

Anant Jhingran | Posted 02.03.2016 | Technology
Anant Jhingran

We admire Google, Amazon, Azure, Netflix, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Swift. How many more of these are there? Hundreds? Perhaps thousands? No way....

The Road to the Super Bowl -- It's all About Stats and Performance

Tom Lounibos | Posted 02.01.2016 | Technology
Tom Lounibos

On the surface this might seem like an unusual combination, but I see many similarities between athletics and maximizing digital performance. Football, baseball, e-commerce and media companies are all driven by statistics, using data to rate skills and drive competitive advantage.

How the Software Revolution is Changing our World

Victoria Espinel | Posted 01.20.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Software will dramatically change our lives and our society. We are in the midst of dramatic societal changes driven by software -- a revolution pro...

Young & Entrepreneurial: How to Scale an Anti-Virus Security Startup Into s Million Dollar Company in College

David Ongchoco | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
David Ongchoco

For most entrepreneurs, the Internet and technology allows them to solve problems they come across. However, for some entrepreneurs like Marcin Kleczynski, the Internet and technology becomes the source of the problem one decides to take on.

How Finding a Fun Little Bug Can Avert Disaster

Aran Khanna | Posted 01.12.2016 | Technology
Aran Khanna

This story is just a real world reminder of how, thanks to the huge benefits of reusing code, almost none of the software we use exists in a vacuum, and so a bug in a silly video game can actually lead to a serious exploit in a sensitive government system.

The One Habit That Will Wreck Your Product Management Career

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.08.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I read a lot of articles about product management. And recently I noticed a curious concept: the notion that product managers should do away with release dates.

Product Managers and Project Managers Have This in Common

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I wrote an article recently about the differences between product management and project management. I was glad to read the feedback. There is a lot of confusion around these roles, and I hope I was able to provide an interesting perspective. But the comments suggested that there is more to cover.

How This New Product Manager Earned Respect From the Sales Team

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

If you think that you will earn respect from the sales team by incorporating every new feature they suggest, you will be disappointed.

Unlearn These 3 Technology Concepts to Succeed

Ian Khan | Posted 12.17.2015 | Technology
Ian Khan

Unlearning is a hard process, however f you open your mind to newer ideas, it will be much easier to push aside the space the older information is taking and replacing it with new one. It's like stacking a storage closet.

10 Sentences a Product Manager Should Never Say

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.14.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Your words can be a powerful ally or your worst enemy. It all depends on how you use them. So, how often do you think deeply about what you are going to say before you say it?

Startup Founder's New Job: Bring Innovation to US Government

Renny McPherson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Technology
Renny McPherson

Phaedra Chrousos is a 2x startup founder who now is leading a large innovation initiative in the US government aimed to improve the public's experience with the American government.

When Landing Pages Convert Too Well

Mitch Causey | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Mitch Causey

By adding this one call-to-action, you can capture many leads that would have previously been left on the table. There are still so many businesses that don't capitalize on this idea.

Software and Data Helping Overhaul Conservation

Victoria Espinel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Today, I gave the keynote address at the World Wildlife Fund’s 2015 Fuller Symposium. This year’s theme, “Wired in the Wild,” ...

How to Learn Computer Programming: A 4,000-Mile Journey and the Case for Immersive Learning

Matt Hunckler | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Matt Hunckler

Mr. Rotterdam was 4,000 miles from home, but he wasn't on vacation or holiday. He was on a mission. That mission had taken Ernest Rotterdam from his hometown in the Netherlands to an expansive mansion belonging to an inventor and tech entrepreneur.

15 Metrics Every Software Product Manager Should Know

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.05.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

The world of product management is rapidly changing. It is more data-driven than ever before. There is no doubt that data is impacting most jobs.

Who Cares How Millennials Want to Work?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Working for a communications strategy firm while in graduate school, my boss told me that my generation was technologically astute, individualistic, cynical and had a healthy disdain for authority. And this guy liked me. Sound familiar?

How Product Managers Make a Great Impression With 1.0 Products

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.27.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

You have big plans for your product and you know that the end vision is going to rock. The trouble is, you want your customers to love your product when you release Version 1.0.

5 Steps to Create a Brilliant Product Vision

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Before you build your product, you must have a true north for where you are going, and then share a compelling story about its necessity and worth. You must start with crafting your vision.

What's the Big Deal With Data?

Victoria Espinel | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Plenty, according to new report from BSA | The Software Alliance We are generating more data today than ever before - and it's improving everything...

Why Do We Build Products That Suck?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.20.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Is your product unsatisfying to customers? Worse, do you hate working on it? It's one thing for your customers who probably only need to tolerate it for less than an hour or so a day, but you toil away at it for 40+ hours a week.

The Curse of the Platform Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.16.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

On a group bike ride yesterday, a fellow rider shared an interesting perspective. He has spent the last several years at a well-known technology company and was recently promoted to VP of Product Management for Mobile Platforms.

Startup Founders, Cut Your Salaries in Half

Max Yoder | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

You shouldn't take even close to the market value of your salary, no matter the size of the seed round. Here's why.

The Evolution of Product Management Tools

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.02.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

To really appreciate how far we have come, I divided the history of software-based tools that I have used into four distinct eras. Each one builds on the previous one, until we get to the present.

4 Roadmapping Secrets From Successful Product Managers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Product managers need a visual roadmap. Why? If you do not know where you are going, you cannot expect to get there -- or build a great product while you are at it.

The Product Manager Owns the Project Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Have you ever worked with an awesome product manager? If so, you know that she set the vision for the product and managed the day-to-day activities of the team. She was at the epicenter of every decision and knew all the cross-functional team members like they were family. She managed the "whole" product.