The one cost engineers and product managers don't consider

Redeye VC

Discuss on Hacker News Kris Gale, VP Engineering at Yammer, joined us recently for First Round CTO Summit and blew everyone away with his talk on "why the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead."

Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine

SiliconHills

Optimizely, based in San Francisco, announced Wednesday it has purchased Austin-based Experiment Engine. Experiment Engine, a graduate of the Austin Techstars program, creates tools and services that help companies test products online. Claire Vo, Experiment Engine’s CEO and Founder, will join Optimizely and continue to manage […] The post Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine appeared first on SiliconHills.

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The Role of Product Managers

Instigator Blog

I came across an interesting discussion on Branch about the role and future of product managers. Satya Patel , who recently left Twitter in a product-related role, wrote: “Product management isn’t a role or a function, it’s a set of skills. Product management also balances the needs of users, the business and the team and makes the difficult tradeoffs needed to keep pressing ahead. In that way, Product Managers are very similar to CEOs.

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. I just saw this diagram on Growthhackers in an article explaining Uber’s success. And they have had a lot of success.

It’s a Big Step from Engineer to an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Every engineer who has invented some new technology, or is adept at creating solutions, believes that is the hard part, and it should be a short step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur. Engineers assume that the business issues can be resolved later.

Katie Rae and the Engine at MIT

David Cohen

Everyone who knows Katie Rae at Techstars is thrilled that she’s taken a lead role with The Engine at MIT, a new venture fund and incubator space there. Katie was the Managing Director at Techstars for our Boston program from 2010 to 2014. She epitomizes “give first” and cares deeply about the founders she works with as well as developing the Boston ecosystem.

10 Keys To Improving Your Business Time Management

Startup Professionals Musings

Every person, no matter what their passion, needs to revisit the principles of time management from time to time. Effective time management skills are often the best competitive edge. Time management is a learnable skill, but it takes continual focus.

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

Design Staff

How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors). As a designer at engineering-centric companies for the last 10 years or so, I spend a lot of time working with engineers. Here are my top tips for creating effective design and engineering relationships.

3 Simple Time Management Tips For Creatives That Work

Brandanew

Today, I’m going to share simple time management tips for creatives that truly work! 3 Simple Time Management Tips For Creatives That Work. How do you manage time on your creative projects ? What are some of your time management tips ?

How to Improve Your Content for the Search Engines… Fast

Rembrandt Communications

As an entrepreneur, you know you need to build online awareness and get high rankings on the search engines. Business Content Marketing Content Strategy Copywriting Increase Sales Repuation Management Sales SEO SEO Copywriting Social Media Strategy Web Copywriting Writing Tips content content strategy search engine optimization SEO content strategy 3 No-Cost Ways to Get Noticed Online Improve your content to boost online awareness.

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. Management and Company Building. -->. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Engineering utopias aren’t easy. Management And Company Building.

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Managing your Product Management Career

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Adrienne Tan, lead a conversation around “Managing Your Product Management Career”. I can work strategically and get in-depth whether conversing with a CEO/Board Member or an engineer.

Lessons Learned: The engineering manager's lament

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, October 20, 2008 The engineering managers lament I was inspired to write The product managers lament while meeting with a startup struggling to figure out what had gone wrong with their product development process. When a process is not working, theres usually somebody who feels the pain most acutely, and in that company it was the product manager. This engineering manager is a smart guy, and very experienced.

Start Your Marketplace Engines

Genuine VC

Communities like those of uTest (software QA testers), as well as NextView portfolio companies GrabCAD (mechanical engineers) and thredUP (parents), which resulted in marketplaces had origins in this approach. As an example, the management team of NextView portfolio company Mojo Motors came from the automotive industry, so they were able to forge new and leverage prexisting relationships with car dealers in getting the company off of the ground.

Business Development vs. Product Management

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Chris Butler, lead a conversation around “Business Development vs. Product Management”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Dustin Levy Director of Product Management, Gentex Corporation.

Top Project Management Courses For Beginners

YoungUpstarts

The market is expanding and as a result of that, the numbers of project managers who are capable of dealing with their work strategically and also execute them successfully are finding themselves overburdened with work. This course is offered by Project Management Institute.

Boost Business Immediately by Hiring a Data Engineer

Inc Startups

It's about time we elevate the role of the person managing this data: the data engineer. Data is a company's most valuable asset next to people and infrastructure. Wisdom of the Cloud

How Search Engine Optimization Can Bring You More Clients

YoungUpstarts

Most importantly, is your site optimized for search engines and is it attracting the type and number of visitors you’d like? In the early days of the internet, while search engines were still in their infancy, search engine optimization was much simpler than it is today.

Rapid Prototyping for Product Managers

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Amanda Ralph Product Management Consultant.

Reverse Engineering a Career

This is going to be BIG.

It was an exercise in reverse engineering. Some product managers might be more technical, working on feature requirements and interfacing with the engineering team, while others might be more like brand managers who are the GM of their brands. When a product manager tells you that they monitor and track analytics using the following pieces of software, now you have to go out and learn how to do that.

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. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. The best technologists often aren’t amazing people managers. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams.

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The Worst Nightmare of Any Product Manager

The Product Guy

At the end of 2015 I was in the worst nightmare of any Product Manager. The relationship between QA and Engineering was bordering on food fights, and we’d only achieved half of our requirements. I’m not a technical Product Manager.

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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. But Randy also knew this wasn’t easy because many great engineers have serious deficiencies when it comes to working well with others. I’ve had the privilege of spending my entire career in technology surrounded by wicked smart engineers.

Why Every Company Needs a Growth Manager

Seeing Both Sides

Yet, in recent years technology startups have embraced a new role, Growth Manager — alternatively Growth Hacker, Growth PM, or Head of Growth — that focuses on it exclusively. Yet, the Growth Manager role remains poorly understood, especially outside Silicon Valley.

The #1 Rule for Branding, Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Management and Happiness

Inc Startups

The secret to success in business and in life is so simple that it can be summed up in five short words

Managing Enterprise Sales Deals

Mark Birch

I once knew a colleague who lost a deal because the decision maker was offended that the lead sales engineer had the audacity to wear a Mickey Mouse watch to a meeting. The good thing however is that most deals can be ushered along successfully if managed with care and diligence.

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How to build the right management team

Version One Ventures

Every start-up is unique so the same path won’t work for every company and management team. With that said, here are some general guidelines I have developed over the years for building a management team. To dive into more specifics, I’ve found that building out a strong management team should typically follow this progression: 1 st hire: VP Engineering. The post How to build the right management team appeared first on Version One.

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. It’s also for founders who want to think about how engineering and the rest of the business team can realign around a shared set of goals.

Deciding to be a Product Manager

The Product Guy

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Getting to here… > How did you decide to become a product manager? I had thought originally I would be an engineer out of college.

Lifecycle Management

The Product Guy

In our most recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Adrienne Tan, lead a conversation around “Lifecycle Management”. Becky Yelland Senior News Product Manager, Thomson Reuters. product management mentee mentor theproductmentor tpm

Conducting User Research in Product Management

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Product Management at Startups vs. Enterprises

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Krishna Madhuvarsu, lead a conversation around “Product Management in Startups vs. Enterprises”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

6 Principles For Driving Online Reputation Management

Startup Professionals Musings

Web reputation management, both business and personal, has become a top priority requirement. Luckily, the basic principles for reputation management are the same for both business and personal environments: Actively monitor what people are saying about you.

7 Worst Entrepreneurial Perceptions From Engineers

Startup Professionals Musings

Every engineer who has invented some new technology, or is adept at creating solutions, believes that is the hard part, and it should be a short step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur. Engineers assume that the business issues can be resolved later.

Are Marketers Now Required to be Engineers Too?

Startup Marketing Blog

As much as I hate to admit it, online marketers with engineering backgrounds often have a significant advantage over non-engineering marketers. Not only are engineering marketers more capable of getting the essentials done, they can use their reserve of time and creative energy to be scrappy about building marketing experiments. And of course the experiments they build on their own can be much more interesting than us non-engineers.

Managing Your Career and Yourself Like a Product

The Product Guy

Recently, I participated in a product management mentorship program run by The Product Mentor. Ladislav Bartos , who was assigned to me as my inspirational mentor, has been working with me to further hone in on my product management skills.

The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire portfolio of ~30 companies, I think at least 50% and maybe as much as 60% of the entire headcount of our portfolio is in either product or engineering. The product person sets the overall requirements, specs them, focuses on the UI and UX and manages the process. They will be managers.

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. The manager used wide gestures to show where he wanted to move certain elements. Just like engineers, designers are also problem solvers. What do designers expect from a product manager?

Hiring Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Jon Stross, lead a conversation around “Hiring Product Manager”. I can work strategically and get in-depth whether conversing with a CEO/Board Member or an engineer. Asha Gupta Product Manager, Etsy.