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. It helps that I’ve been working in the VC sector a long time and understand a fair bit about VC firms and how they invest.

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."

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5 Fun Office Hacks To Re-Engineer Team Productivity

YFS Magazine

Startups are re-engineering productivity. Company Culture Grow company culture productivity productivity tipsHere are 5 methods to promote business growth through a positive, relaxed work culture.

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.

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. It wasn’t pure research, but rather a culture of taking sufficient risks to get products to market through learning, discovery, iteration and execution.

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.

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. Many of the founding teams we back include a strong coder and a strong product person. But the product side often does not scale in the same way.

5 Key Actions To Maximize Entrepreneur Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s productivity. That is a huge hit on productivity. For insight, I recommend the details provided in a recent book “ The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity, ” by Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill, and Leena Rinne. That’s extraordinary productivity.

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. Part 3: Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster. all trying to expand the number of businesses that create products and services sold outside their region.

Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

human engineering VC Cafe Photo credit: By imaginedhorizons (Flickr). ” Question: What is Human Engineering? The payoff for the user’s ‘work’ is the functionality, or the USP of the product. For example, try to register to your product.

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.

Product Strategies for Non-Strategists

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Dustin Levy, lead a conversation around “Product Strategies for Non-Strategists”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor. Better Products.

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.

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

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

How a Laid Off Computer Engineer Built the Most Successful Product on Amazon

Inc Startups

A small company with no marketing budget: and it consistently has one of the top-selling products on Amazon. Here's how it all happened.

Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine

datacommunitydc.org

Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine. Recommendation engines are arguably one of the trendiest uses of data science in startups today. A recommendation engine is a feature (not a product) that filters items by predicting how a user might rate them.

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. Likewise, a Twitter Platform Engineer is traveling to Brooklyn for the week, and watching what Etsy does well and poorly, all while helping out (and, of course, deploying on her first day ). engineering people philosophy

Engineering the Food of the Future with Robyn Metcalfe, Founder of Food+City

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Engineers are becoming the new farmers, according to Robyn Metcalfe, founder, and director of Food+City at the University of Texas at Austin. In a movement Metcalfe labels “Fab to Table,” she sees a food revolution going on right now that will lead to more personalized food products […]. The post Engineering the Food of the Future with Robyn Metcalfe, Founder of Food+City appeared first on SiliconHills.

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

Many Entrepreneurs Are Too Busy, But Not Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s productivity. That is a huge hit on productivity. For insight, I recommend the details provided in a new book “ The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity, ” by Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill, and Leena Rinne. Practice productivity planning with your key team members.

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”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor.

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. If you know you are building something that is web-based but very UI intensive, an engineer with lots of Front-End experience is ideal. Experts Product & Desig

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. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Ian Langworth started his career as an O’Reilly author and software engineer at Google.

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

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." Attitude - Anyone that gets courted the way a senior engineer does today is at risk of developing a sense of entitlement (to put it lightly).

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.

Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs

View from Seed

Saurya Velagapudi is a senior software engineer at Google, based in their Cambridge, Mass., For the company, he’s led multiple tech teams focused on products like voice and image search, Google Search for iOS, Google Glass, and Android Wear.

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. Analyzing hordes of data, it adjusts lesson plans for students in real time across subjects, determines how they learn, and suggests the best way to help them.

The Worst Nightmare of Any Product Manager

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Liel Aharon (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Felix Sargent]. At the end of 2015 I was in the worst nightmare of any Product Manager. I had a strong roadmap, clear goals and a vision for the product. We had good production standards.

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

How to Quickly Prioritize Your Product Backlog

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Christopher Davis (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Jonathan Berg]. As a product manager, you’ll often find yourself with a growing backlog of user stories and product defects that need grooming and scheduling. Better Products.

How Startups Can Keep Product Development Lean

YoungUpstarts

by Steve Owens, Founder and CTO of Finish Line Product Development Services. In this article we explore the unique challenges of a lean start-up and how Outsourced Product Development (OPD) can be used to overcome them. Reducing product turn time.

Revenue = Product Market Fit

Agile VC

Arguably revenue is the best signal of product-market fit for B2B startups. Some potential customers won’t take your product seriously unless you’re charging for it. And this is not to say that there’s no place for having an unpaid product.

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

Parachuting into Existing Product

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Paul Hurwitz, lead a conversation around “Parachuting into Existing Product”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor. Better Products.

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”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor.

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

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 VP Engineering aspires to manage teams. VP’s of Engineering are essential to making sure the trains run on time.

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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.