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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 Not Send a “Funny” Cover Letter Like This One
March 30, 2017
Do Not Send a “Funny” Cover Letter Like This One

“Comedy is not pretty!” That is the title of an old Steve Martin special and I have to agree with the sentiment. When you tell a joke you need to be ready for laughs and…

Love Is the Greatest Predictor of Business Success
March 28, 2017
Love Is the Greatest Predictor of Business Success

I do not believe in luck. I appreciate good fortune, but it is just not reliable enough to call a friend. Luck has no place in business because it is an unpredictable…

I Am Not a Guru (Neither Are You)
March 23, 2017
I Am Not a Guru (Neither Are You)

Do you claim to be a guru on your resume? Find out how this makes hiring managers perceive you and why you should always be truthful.

A Product Manager’s Love Note — It Changed Everything
March 21, 2017
A Product Manager’s Love Note — It Changed Everything

It is not every day that you receive a love note. A person has to think you are pretty special to write a heartfelt message of appreciation and devotion. Who takes the…

The One Metric Silicon Valley Is Missing
March 20, 2017
The One Metric Silicon Valley Is Missing

A friend just recently helped raise money for a fin-tech startup. Exciting times with lots of numbers to watch. Especially when it relates to having money in the bank to…

Your Success — Think Like a Grandpa
March 14, 2017
Your Success — Think Like a Grandpa

“Think like grandpa?” That may sound like backward advice. Times have changed. What could our grandparents possibly have to say about running a business today? Well, I…

Does Your CEO Love You?
March 13, 2017
Does Your CEO Love You?

So you are putting in another late night at the office. Tied up in meetings all day with no time to get to your real work. And just now catching up on 15 “urgent” emails…

The Un-Buzzed Way to Build a Great Company
March 9, 2017
The Un-Buzzed Way to Build a Great Company

People are unhappy at work. That is obvious. In a recent post I strongly suggested that leaders have a responsibility — to treat everyone with respect, set a positive…

It Is Not Your Fault You Are Miserable at Work
March 7, 2017
It Is Not Your Fault You Are Miserable at Work

You can probably spot the signs. Sunday night blues. Feelings of “am I really making a difference.” I am not talking about the occasional bad day. No, this is an everyday…

Our New Book for Company Builders — Lovability
March 6, 2017
Our New Book for Company Builders — Lovability

Discover Lovability — the book from Aha! co-founder and CEO Brian de Haaff. Read how we built a radically different software company.

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