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Uncensored advice about product development and building a high-growth software company from Brian de Haaff, co-founder and CEO at Aha!

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How Product Managers Deal With a Meddling CEO
October 1, 2018
How Product Managers Deal With a Meddling CEO

Dealing with a meddling CEO? Use your strategy to guide you and try to approach each interaction with your CEO as an opportunity to grow.

No One Has a Vision for Your Product — Now What?
September 25, 2018
No One Has a Vision for Your Product — Now What?

“Why are we building this?” This is a painful question for product managers. Maybe you have mumbled it when sales pushed through a new feature to close a deal. Or when…

Hey Product Manager: Stop Listening to the Sales Team
September 24, 2018
Hey Product Manager: Stop Listening to the Sales Team

Being a product manager is a balancing act. You need to be super responsive to the requests of colleagues and customers. But you also need to give them what they actually…

The Founder’s Paradox: How to Create Space for New Ideas in a Company That Is Already Wildly Successful
September 18, 2018
The Founder’s Paradox: How to Create Space for New Ideas in a Company That Is Already Wildly Successful

What does it mean to “create space”? It is interesting because the word “space” is both vague and specific. It can be a blank area or a boundless expanse or even the…

What I Learned From My LinkedIn “Ask Me Anything”
September 17, 2018
What I Learned From My LinkedIn “Ask Me Anything”

I asked for questions. You did not disappoint. Last week, LinkedIn invited me to do an “Ask Me Anything” event as part of Aha! being named to their top startups list for…

LinkedIn Asked Us to Tell You How We Became One of the Top 25 Startups of 2018 — So, Ask Me Anything
September 12, 2018
LinkedIn Asked Us to Tell You How We Became One of the Top 25 Startups of 2018 — So, Ask Me Anything

Aha! was named a LinkedIn top startup for 2018. Hear more from Aha! co-founder and CEO Brian de Haaff.

Meet 15 Furry Animals at the World’s Most Pet-Friendly Company
September 10, 2018
Meet 15 Furry Animals at the World’s Most Pet-Friendly Company

Little work, loads of praise. Too many snacks. This is how I feel about some of our Aha! teammates. Yep, I am calling these co-workers out — the ones who seemingly lie…

The Founder’s Paradox: How to Say No When Big Customers Say Yes
September 6, 2018
The Founder’s Paradox: How to Say No When Big Customers Say Yes

It is harder to say “no” than it is to say “yes.” This is not just my opinion. There is significant research devoted to this concept. Acquiescence bias, social…

Aha! Wins “Best Enterprise-Level SaaS Product” in 2018 SaaS Awards
September 4, 2018
Aha! Wins “Best Enterprise-Level SaaS Product” in 2018 SaaS Awards

“Today’s customers are demanding better experiences.” This was the essence of a blog post I recently wrote about enterprise transformation. To create real value,…

The Product Manager vs. the Sales Manager
August 27, 2018
The Product Manager vs. the Sales Manager

“If we add this feature, we can close the biggest deal of the quarter,” says the sales manager. “But that feature is not important to the majority of our customers. And…

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