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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 The other day I found myself on a VC website. 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 frustrating for entrepreneurs.

The one cost engineers and product managers don't consider

Redeye VC

Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

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.

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.

The Role of Product Managers

Instigator Blog

I came across an interesting discussion on Branch about the role and future of product managers. I’m not a member there so I couldn’t respond directly, but figured I’d put my thoughts here instead. In that way, Product Managers are very similar to CEOs. Product managers are simply CEOs of their products.

Revenue = Product Market Fit

Agile VC

Some potential customers won’t take your product seriously unless you’re charging for it.

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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Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

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

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.

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.

Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine

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

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?

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”.

How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO

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

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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.

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”.

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

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. In retrospect, the phenomenon that Randy describes is not limited to the field of engineering. Delegate.

Startups: Stop Trying To Hire Ninja-Rockstar Engineers


The rationale you'll typically hear is along the lines of "a great developer is 10x as productive as a mediocre one." What do you think?

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.

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

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6 Tips For Writing Product Descriptions That Work


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

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

Good Product Team Bad Product Team


I’ve had the extremely good fortune to be able to work with many of the very best technology product teams in the world. People creating the products you use and love every day. Engineers exasperated with their product owners. If you’d like to pre-order the book you can do so from O’Reilly.

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.

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. Most often they are not.

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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.

Inheriting a Product

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Felix Sargent, lead a conversation around “Inheriting a Product/Project”.

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

The Engineer Exchange Program

Code as Craft

Co-authors: Marc Hedlund, SVP, Product Development at Etsy. This week, one of Etsy’s Staff Engineers is traveling to San Francisco to spend a week at Twitter, observing and helping out, learning what Twitter does particularly well, and seeing differences that may reinforce or refute beliefs we’ve held as core.

Parachuting into Existing Product

The Product Guy

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

3 Simple Ways Productivity Leads To Your Best Self


This will help you to take things one at a time and accomplish tasks while also maintaining a positive and productive attitude. 2.

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.

6 Keys To Make Sure Your Product Fits Today's World

Startup Professionals Musings

Develop written business plans as detailed as product plans. business entrepreneur product startup technology

Yahoo's New Logo Design: Micromanaged, Over-Engineered, Boring

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Instead, a company spokesman says, the work was handled by "an in-house brand design group and product designers." Uh-oh. Let me be more direct.

Selling the Product: Connecting to Stakeholder Value

The Product Guy

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

Product Success


Exactly a year ago I was invited to give a keynote at the Craft Conference in Budapest and I discussed the 10 biggest reasons why product teams fail. So it inspired me to think hard about the most important characteristics of very strong product teams, and I forced myself to pick what I consider the ten most important.

Make Engineering Interns Truly Effective with This Startup's Program

Redeye VC

Its product, which combats fraud using machine learning, is an important tool for companies like Kickstarter, Airbnb, Uber and Opentable. That’s why CTO Fred Sadaghiani has focused tremendous effort on building a program that “activates” engineering interns to become full contributing members of the staff.

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