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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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“Do You Need an Office?” My Mother-in-Law Wants to Know
May 22, 2017
“Do You Need an Office?” My Mother-in-Law Wants to Know

My mother-in-law was recently in town visiting. When the conversation turned to work, I filled her in on how things were going with Aha! and how our fully distributed…

Your Boss Should Never Tell You to “Care Less”
May 17, 2017
Your Boss Should Never Tell You to “Care Less”

Caring about your work is a good thing. Find out why you should never listen when your boss or coworkers tell you to care less about work.

Technology vs. Humanity — Your Next Job
May 16, 2017
Technology vs. Humanity — Your Next Job

My career will be defined by the prevalence of the internet. Yours likely will be too. And we are still experiencing an incredible acceleration of the use of technology.…

Product Manager: Don’t Be a Data Fool
May 12, 2017
Product Manager: Don’t Be a Data Fool

Do not get caught in a data trap — data alone will not delight your customers. Learn 3 ways to break out of the trap and back into customers’ hearts.

These Honest People Are Not Impediments to Profit
May 10, 2017
These Honest People Are Not Impediments to Profit

Have you seen the real “real” news? A few well-known companies are behaving badly. They made some money in the short-term and felt like long-term winners. People were…

Why This CEO Says “No” to Venture Capital
May 9, 2017
Why This CEO Says “No” to Venture Capital

Can you really build a profitable business without venture capital? Find out why Aha! said no to venture capital and what we have gained from bootstrapping.

Only Obsessive Egomaniacs Create Tech Breakthroughs
May 4, 2017
Only Obsessive Egomaniacs Create Tech Breakthroughs

I once worked for a CEO who thought he was the next Larry Ellison. He was an early Oracle employee but did not go so far as owning a yacht or racing team. What he did do…

Product Managers: You Are What You Build
May 1, 2017
Product Managers: You Are What You Build

If you are like me, the following has happened to you. And if you are lucky, it has only happened once. But that is unlikely.

The 3 Signs of Product Love
April 28, 2017
The 3 Signs of Product Love

Do you believe in love at first sight? Some people quickly answer this question with “yes.” But ask if they can pinpoint the very moment their affections blossomed and…

7 Components of Your Complete Product Experience
April 27, 2017
7 Components of Your Complete Product Experience

“What is your product, really?” If you work for a technology company, you might think of it as the item you directly sell, the software that you ship, or the basic…

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