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The Product Manager vs. the CEO vs. the CTO
October 8, 2019
The Product Manager vs. the CEO vs. the CTO

Do you like tennis? If you like watching it live, you know that it is best to sit behind one of the players. Because if you are at mid-court, you may get dizzy snapping…

Hey Product Managers: It Is Time to Set the Strategy That You Think Is Right
October 7, 2019
Hey Product Managers: It Is Time to Set the Strategy That You Think Is Right

“Vision.” What does this word mean to you? I define it as knowing what you want to accomplish and where you want to go. In business, it can be difficult to determine what…

6 Ways to Ensure Success When Your Product Is Built on a Platform
September 30, 2019
6 Ways to Ensure Success When Your Product Is Built on a Platform

Product management is rewarding. And it is also really hard work. I know a few product managers who have the toughest challenge out there — leading a product that is…

The Founder’s Paradox: The “Future You” Might Not Like the Choices “Today You” Is Making
September 23, 2019
The Founder’s Paradox: The “Future You” Might Not Like the Choices “Today You” Is Making

The guy with the laptop. This is how I am known by one of my kid’s soccer coaches. Let me explain. The kids need to be there before games 45 minutes to warm up. There is…

The One Thing Most Recruiters Overlook
September 16, 2019
The One Thing Most Recruiters Overlook

Does this sound unrealistic? A screening call on Monday. An interview with the hiring manager on Tuesday. A chat with another cross-functional team member on Wednesday. A…

Aha! Cares — A New Model for Corporate Giving
September 10, 2019
Aha! Cares — A New Model for Corporate Giving

Aha! Cares is redefining how for-profit companies support nonprofit organizations. Learn more about how we give back and how to start a similar program.

How to Avoid a Rambling Presentation at Work
September 9, 2019
How to Avoid a Rambling Presentation at Work

“Can you get to the point?” The senior executive who asked this was clearly annoyed. It was early in my career and my colleague was presenting quarterly marketing results…

Remote Team Meetings vs. Office Team Meetings
September 3, 2019
Remote Team Meetings vs. Office Team Meetings

“What do you mean you saw your co-workers? You work at home.” A friend who works for the county court system once asked me this with a look of confusion on his face. He…

The Founder’s Paradox: How Do You Give 100 Percent to Every Teammate and Still Let Go?
August 27, 2019
The Founder’s Paradox: How Do You Give 100 Percent to Every Teammate and Still Let Go?

We are all capable of achieving greatness. But big achievement rarely happens in isolation. You need support from those who have done it before you — as well as…

Product Strategy vs. Marketing Strategy
August 26, 2019
Product Strategy vs. Marketing Strategy

“But why?” You have probably heard this question countless times if you are a parent. Children have a seemingly insatiable curiosity to learn the reasons and causes for…

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