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.

A growth engine without a profit engine is incomplete thinking

The Equity Kicker

That may well transpire, but simply following this diagram you could spend a lot of time and money building a business where customers value your product at less than it costs to provide. In addition to a growth engine, companies need to understand their profit engine.

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.

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.

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? The payoff for the user’s ‘work’ is the functionality, or the USP of the product. For example, try to register to your product.

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.

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.

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.

Content Diversity is Key to Search Engine Optimisation Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The idea is that the more popular your content is, the more likely it is to be shared and linked to which will contribute to your search engine optimisation success. Author Bio: Kira works for The WebMarketing Group , an internet marketing company specialising in search engine optimisation.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.” Starting in 2009, Savoia began using an approach as an engineering director at Google that helped the tech giant know whether it was about to build the right product for the market … or a product that would flop.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reverse Engineering a Career

This is going to be BIG.

They're trying to get product positions and marketing jobs in particular, but they don't have any prior experience. 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. I run into a lot of people trying to switch careers and join a startup.

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.

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.

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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Managing Your Career and Yourself Like a Product

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Hansa Vagadiya (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Ladislav Bartos]. Recently, I participated in a product management mentorship program run by The Product Mentor. What product features can solve the problem? Better Products.

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.

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. Here's a short list of important attributes of the modern product designer role: (1) Product Orientation. In the old model, designers took requirements or specifications from product managers and used that to create their designs.

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

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. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players – from engineers, to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers.

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. People creating the products you use and love every day. Engineers exasperated with their product owners.

6 Tips For Writing Product Descriptions That Work

Brandanew

Copywriters often see product descriptions as uninspiring. Products can range from pencil sharpeners to the brand new fish catching instrument that’s setting world records ( you can tell we’ve been Shark Tank obsessed). Not everyone is going to buy your product.

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. The post No, I Can’t Give You A Roadmap For Our New Product (Yet) appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

Why eCommerce Product Filtering Is Broken (and How to Fix It)

ConversionXL

eCommerce product filtering, when done right, can solve both issues. What is eCommerce product filtering? Product filtering is what allows your visitors to enjoy and appreciate your big product catalog instead of cursing it. Product filtering is highly contextual.

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

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. How do you build an engineering team to constantly rotate and expand? Radical expansion must be in Aditya Agarwal’s genes.

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.