The Latest Product Management Mentors

The Product Guy

We are very excited to announce The Product Mentor Session 6 has just launched! Since it’s very lean MVP kick-off in 2013, The Product Mentor has grown to 20+ countries and over 800 mentees in our backlog. The Product Mentor is a very exclusive program to be chosen for.

Repurpose a business or a product to create success

Taffy Williams

In the drug industry, patents expire allowing the products to become generic. Many inventors will explore the use of these off-patent products for new indications attempting to obtain patents for the repurposed drugs. Name recognition is very important to products.

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Startup Blog: Startup Basics Recap from Interview

Taffy Williams

As an example, note the enthusiasm exhibited by a local business owner as highlighted in the Fox News in Charlotte, NC June 5, 2011 in a story covered by Renee LaSalle. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of

Productivity and creativity can come via different styles of work and relaxation

Taffy Williams

Your company may face many problems beyond the employees; manufacturing problems, new product inventions, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. If done correctly, the results are creative solutions to problems or new products for the market place.

Rivera not worried about Newton's sudden dip in production

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't the least bit concerned about Cam's Newton's sudden dip in production

Isn't a 'Minimal Viable Product' Kinda Lame?

Launching Tech Ventures

Saturday, March 5, 2011 Isnt a Minimal Viable Product Kinda Lame? by Charlotte Jepps Forgive me for being biased by the fact Im currently wrestling with distilling what I think is a great idea down into a minimal viable form, but I cant help but find this concept inherently frustrating.

Startup Blog: Where is Your Market? Adjust Your Pitch to Fit.

Taffy Williams

The first thought that comes to mind when addressing a market is your product and end users. Defining that market and developing your products for the end user is an essential step in the growth of a startup. They will want to know how you plan to sell your products to the end user.

What You Can Learn About Digital Storytelling From The Van Gogh Museum


I’m grateful to the team, specially, Charlotte Bosman and Edith Schreurs who took time out for answering some of the questions we shared with them! Van Gogh Museum Team : We do not produce digital products ourselves, but in close cooperation with our external partners.

A Sprinkling of Unvalidated Vision May Pay Long Term Dividends

Launching Tech Ventures

Saturday, February 12, 2011 A Sprinkling of Unvalidated Vision May Pay Long Term Dividends by Charlotte Jepps Conventional wisdom in ‘lean startup’ theory appears to prescribe the following formula: 1. As an example, consider a technology product like the Ipod.

Working hard is not enough

Taffy Williams

The process requires motivated scientists with specific ideas to produce products rather than simple research results. However, this does not always produce the desired result and sometimes makes good employees less productive. This swan worked hard but never moved forward!

2 Considerations for agile succession planning

Taffy Williams

Suppose you lost your lead person for product development and all the corporate knowledge for this function was with a single person. How much time might be lost from launch of your product?

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100 plus articles published in the Examiner

Taffy Williams

The following articles are published in the and cover issues of startups and entrepreneurship. The list covers all articles published as of April 10, 2013.

5 Ideas that may facilitate creating a startup business

Taffy Williams

The key to creating a successful business is to find a niche product or service and evaluate the market. The evaluation of the market should include determination of a desire to buy the product and pay the price requested. Every company was created by someone. You can make one too!

5 Patterns agile leaders must monitor

Taffy Williams

Savvy business owners are often aware of the changes that can affect their business directly and plan for events such as vendor loss, product shortages and staff leaving. Identifying future shifts may suggest a test of new products more appealing to emerging market.

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25 Successful Women Bloggers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Charlotte You know how you read all these studies in magazines and you wonder if it actually works on anything besides mice? Well, Charlotte reads all the health and fitness research she can get her sweaty hands on and then she tests it out – on herself mostly. is where Lynn shares news on the latest Internet Marketing trends and strategies, as well as unique case studies, creative ideas and (extremely) candid product reviews.

Startup Blog: Take a Stand!

Taffy Williams

It may be around deal structure, testing or design of product, new hires, downsizing or firing, how much to spend on a program or some other issue. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of

Entrepreneurship can live forever

Taffy Williams

After a layoff, the budding entrepreneur realized that developing a product was something to consider. Starting a small test lab a novel product was developed using the small amounts of money from friends and family (mostly friends).

Agile thinking helps entrepreneurs achieve success

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Choose your path wisely! It is easy to stay locked in to a rigid way of thinking and in performance of activities. When traveling, you see a road and proceed down the path until you find an impediment or blockage.

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What Are You Talking About?

Taffy Williams

I have been in a number of pitch meetingswhere a scientist will talk for 30 minutes and my first question is, “ What is your product?” The scientist spent so much time describingall the science, the product definition was missing. Define your product up front. Later, describe the product again including anyrequired detail that helps the least knowledgeable person understand theproduct.

15 Entrepreneurs Share What Makes Their Business Unique


Whether you pull off unique marketing stunts, have products which need no introduction or style yourself as an innovative CEO, having a defining quality is what customers will notice. #1 The blankets look giant and people love my products.

Agile and non-agile entrepreneurs must communicate clearly

Taffy Williams

The same is true in marketing products or services. Check out the group Startup Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of It is impossible to know what is being communicated in these!

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NC-based Belk appears to drop Ivanka Trump brand from website

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

It appears that Charlotte-based Belk is the latest retailer to drop Ivanka Trump’s product lines from its website

Entrepreneurs are Different from the Crowd

Taffy Williams

They see the end of the potential rewards of developing a new company with novel and exciting products. Products created because of entrepreneurs touch our everyday lives and make them better. The desires to create new products enhance the innovative push in companies.

Selling and closing are essential to the success of business

Taffy Williams

Selling something requires showing the person that the product is what they really want and need; i.e. creating that desire for the person to have the product. The products may be different but investors and retail customers are just buying a different output from the company.

3 Main startup traits attract money and talent

Taffy Williams

I must see plans toward monetizing the technology and converting products into a sustainable business. I also love to see products that improve people’s lives in some unique way. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of

A Corporate Spy Shop

Taffy Williams

Your business plan should have a competition section where you provide some analysis of products and companies that may present a problem for your business. You need this info to show any investor you are in command of the space and your products can be competitive.

I do not trust you is bad feedback

Taffy Williams

Showing one’s skill set and pointing to the how situations will be improved is a promotion demonstrating the benefits of the product or candidate. How would your product or business grow if your advertisement read, “ Their product sucks, so buy our product ?”

Be known for reliability and honesty

Taffy Williams

Sales representatives often attempt to make the product look more attractive by embellishing the stated benefits. This occurs on product labels as well. Look at products in any health food store. Consumers take the advertising materials as meaningful and purchase the product.

Your best customers sometimes kill your company

Taffy Williams

In the early 2000s, a pharmaceutical company on the west coast was developing a product for treating patients exposed to radiation. The company spent more than $170 MM of investor’s money to gain approval from the FDA to market the product. Sorry I must say "Good Bye and I Am Leaving "!

Business Modeling is Process, not an Event

The Entrepreneurial Mind

How do I get information to them, and how do they want to get the product? Businesses expanding into new products or new markets should also give careful consideration to the business model. When we expanded our health-care business from Raleigh into Charlotte, N.C., As a result, our operation in Charlotte never reached profitability. Developing a sound business model is key to the successful launch of a business.

Great ideas live or die based on your planning and execution

Taffy Williams

Production is another topic requiring great consideration; where products are made and who makes them, translates to manufacturing costs and quality. Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Dinner anyone? Great ideas come and go.

How Customer Photos Improve Mobile Shopping

Duct Tape Marketing

Customer photos are incredibly engaging and offer strong social proof of brands and products. Kenneth Cole and Charlotte Russe place user-generated content on their mobile sites to enhance the customer shopping experience.

Sales and Marketing Is Up to the Startup CEO

Taffy Williams

Entrepreneurs are not often equipped with the sales and marketing experience for products. They have a burning desire to develop a business and create products. Critical product sales and marketing staff are future hires to a startup CEO. A company with no products does not need dedicated people early in the company development. However, the CEO soon realizes there is a product that requires extensive marketing and sales early in the company cycle.

How to Get the Boss to Buy Into Your IT Solutions


Tom helps geeks communicate clearly, delegate effectively, manage conflict productively and plan well. by Tom Cooper of Helping Geeks Communicate and Peak 10 solution engineer Reg Staples. Consider this scenario.

Are You Drinking Your Own Cool Aide

Taffy Williams

What is sometimesmissed is the continual reinforcement of how great your product and businesshas become, or at least that is what you are selling. The sharper and more focused presentationwith reinforcement of concepts cause the presenter to become even more sold on thebusiness or products. When youbecome so sold on your own business or products, you likely never to step back andcritically review where you are.

Entrepreneurs experience piling on

Taffy Williams

Consumers will flock to the stores to purchase the product and the company books huge increases in the sales and earnings. Apple produces products that are so desired that lines form at their stores just to be the first to obtain the latest and greatest device.

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Entrepreneurs are like artists

Taffy Williams

Entrepreneurs have an idea for a product that should be important to the targeted consumer group. The next step is identifying a process that will convert the idea to an exciting product. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of

Now You See it, Now you Do Not!

Taffy Williams

The followingis a short list of reasons for demise: 1) Product failures, 2) Commercialfailures, 3) Development failures, 4) Management failures, 5) Financialfailures, and 6) other. In thebiotechnology space, clinical trials are required to demonstrate effectivenessof a product and gain FDA approval. TwoPhase III trials are generally required to demonstrate safety and effectivenessof the product. One of themost difficult of topics to discuss is the demise of your startup.

5 Reasons real leaders must listen and understand

Taffy Williams

Error creation : Missing major flaws or errors in design of programs or products can be deadly. Customers fail to return if the products do not work properly the first time or if they are overly complex. Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of

5 Reasons entrepreneurs never get their big exit

Taffy Williams

The ability to learn how a business is developed and products sold can be valuable. You and your products are being scrutinized to the highest levels. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Try to avoid going down the wrong roads!