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Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There isn’t a huge market for such a product, but there is a market. The other day I found myself on a VC website. I went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography. This is not a simple thing to do, but it can be done.

The one cost engineers and product managers don't consider

Redeye VC

He''s now back for round two with a new piece on how features can create complexity cost in an engineering organization. _.

A growth engine without a profit engine is incomplete thinking

The Equity Kicker

In addition to a growth engine, companies need to understand their profit engine. And they have had a lot of success.

Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

View from Seed

How do you build your engineering/dev team from the ground up? You need to bring in the right people to build your product. What kind of engineers do you need? Now consider a few high-level categories of engineers: Front-End. The best engineers I’ve worked with cross into multiple categories. It is just you.

5 Key Actions To Maximize Entrepreneur Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s productivity. That is a huge hit on productivity. Practice productivity planning with your key team members.

This Product Prioritization System Nabbed Pandora 70 Million Monthly Users with Just 40 Engineers

Redeye VC

When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, Pandora employed fewer than 40 engineers. With this skeleton crew, the company built products for 70 million monthly users on the web, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, a thousand consumer electronic devices, and in over 100 types of cars.

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Revenue = Product Market Fit

Agile VC

Arguably revenue is the best signal of product-market fit for B2B startups. But B2B startups need to take a different tack.

Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

Silicon Valley was born in an era of applied experimentation driven by scientists and engineers. Yet this system isn’t perfect. Until today.

Rapid Prototyping for Product Managers

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Nis Frome, lead a conversation around “Rapid Prototyping”. Enjoy!

The Best Product Person of 2016 is…

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. tweet ). link].

Many Entrepreneurs Are Too Busy, But Not Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s productivity. That is a huge hit on productivity. Practice productivity planning with your key team members.

Design Staff ? How designers and engineers can play nice (and.

Design Staff

How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors). Participate in the entire engineering cycle. Engineers!

Content Diversity is Key to Search Engine Optimisation Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Author Bio: Kira works for The WebMarketing Group , an internet marketing company specialising in search engine optimisation. Juicy Copy.

Deciding to be a Product Manager

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. tweet ). link].

Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine

datacommunitydc.org

Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine. tens of thousands to millions) of products or content. The Data Products Venn Diagram.

A Designer’s Perspective on Working with Product Managers

The Product Guy

A product manager just stopped by the desk of the designer on a lazy Thursday afternoon. Designers can help product people a lot.

How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO

firstround.com

Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Product and Engineering. The Review.

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Is This Ex-Googler’s Pre-Product Approach the Fast Track to Product-Market Fit?

View from Seed

Engineers and even marketers proudly claim to be “full stack.” AS: Once you have a proven product (i.e., Brilliant, isn’t it?

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. University.

Startups: Stop Trying To Hire Ninja-Rockstar Engineers

OnStartups

The rationale you'll typically hear is along the lines of "a great developer is 10x as productive as a mediocre one." 5 - Be patient. :).

Rehabilitating the Arrogant Engineer

Scott Weiss

Amongst all the stories, pictures of his family, doctor interactions and discussion of his dreams and his illness, Randy said very clearly to all computer science engineers: The key to innovation is that teams beat individuals. I’ve had the privilege of spending my entire career in technology surrounded by wicked smart engineers.

The Case for Why Marketing Should Have Its Own Engineers

Redeye VC

Knewton isn’t an easy product to explain. Today, he runs the marketing team like an independent agency within the organization complete with its own engineers — a strategy he highly recommends for small teams that need to get a lot done fast. So far so good. Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

Product Pricing in Product Management

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Aditya Bhelande, lead a conversation around “Product Pricing”.

Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

human engineering VC Cafe Photo credit: By imaginedhorizons (Flickr). ” Question: What is Human Engineering? Wikipedia ).

The Product Designer Role

SVPG

The Product Designer Role. Your next task is to define the product design role within your company. The way that products are created has changed dramatically in recent years and new models for design are a critical part of this. Modern product designers continuously collaborate with product managers and engineers.

User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Marc Wendell, lead a conversation around “UX Design Tactics”. Enjoy!

Product Management at Startups vs. Enterprises

The Product Guy

We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor. Better Products. Enjoy!

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams. I don’t believe it.

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The yin and yang of the engineering team and the sales team

Eric Friedman

Vetting the technical feasibility ideas is the job of a strong engineering team keeps things in check. Engineering Sales Startups

Getting Engineers into the Lean Startup Cycle

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan On August 20, Eric will sit down with developer and Hut8Labs co-founder Dan Milstein for a webcast you can join to discuss “Getting Engineers Into the Lean Startup Cycle.” This conversation will be a great opportunity for engineers and engineering managers to learn more about implementing Lean Startup ideas.

Don’t Be A Product Leader Still Failing In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. Marty Zwilling.

6 Tips For Writing Product Descriptions That Work

Brandanew

Copywriters often see product descriptions as uninspiring. However, product descriptions have a strong impact on marketing. So, STOP!

Marketing Attribution: Creating a Growth Engine at Salesforce, Zendesk and Slack

For Entrepreneurs

In an age where product gets most of the attention, Bill is the kind of marketer founders crave. I recently sat down with Bill Macaitis. I’ve been a big fan of Bill’s since we brought him in as CMO at Zendesk. He has since gone on to be CMO at Slack. He knows exactly what. Marketing Sales and Marketing

Good Product Team Bad Product Team

SVPG

I was also a reviewer of the book and it is definitely a must-read for any product person and fills a very big gap in the current library of Agile titles. I’ve had the extremely good fortune to be able to work with many of the very best technology product teams in the world. Engineers exasperated with their product owners.

The Engineer Exchange Program

Code as Craft

Co-authors: Marc Hedlund, SVP, Product Development at Etsy. Twitter and Etsy are working together on a new project to help our engineers learn from each others’ practices, with the idea of making both of our engineering teams better as a result. engineering people philosophy

No, I Can’t Give You A Roadmap For Our New Product (Yet)

Street Smart Product Manager

A fellow product manager that’s working on a new product idea recently wrote to me: “Common feedback I receive from our our engineers and executives is they don’t have a good grasp of the product vision. They say, “OK, that’s great, we can build that.

Conducting User Research in Product Management

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ian Moulton, lead a conversation around “Conducting User Research”.

5 Steps for Engineering a Happy Company Culture

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here are five ways you can use humor at work to be more productive, less stressed, and happier

Hardest Product Management Lesson Learned – Optimism

The Product Guy

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Jeremy Horn The Product Guy.

Hyper-Growth Done Right - Lessons From the Man Who Scaled Engineering at Dropbox and Facebook

Redeye VC

When he started as an engineer at Facebook, the company had fewer than 15 people. Within 6 years, he had risen to Director of Product Engineering, leading 2,000 employees to reach 700 million users. In 2012, when Dropbox acquired his startup Cove, the cloud storage incumbent staffed 30 engineers building for 50 million users.