Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery, Unless You’re Filing an IPO

It was revealed last week that Facebook is experimenting and planning the wide release of a stories feature similar to Snapchat. Haven’t we been here before?  But count me out amongst the many who criticize Facebook for it’s lack of creativity and imagination. Snapchat’s IPO roadshow will likely reveal just how well Facebook’s strategy is working, but ...continue


Mitigating Early Product Risk

Over the past month, I’ve focused on my growth in product during the span of the last few years. This led me to reflect on my initial days as a product marketing manager and internalize where we succeeded but also what we could have done better. From those thoughts, I’ve tried to put together a ...continue


Growing as a Product Manager in Secondary Markets — Part II — Resources

Last week, I introduced a series which I hope will be of use to new product managers in markets outside of Silicon Valley. For the first installment I am focusing on a few resources that really shaped my view of product management over the last three years. Udemy (Coursera, EdX, Khan Academy) Silicon Valley is full ...continue


CBI Insights Innovation Summit Day 1 Recap

Jonathan and I are at the CBI Insights Innovation Summit in Santa Barbara this week. Below are a few quick takeaways from yesterday’s panels and discussions.  Enjoy. As can be expected, voice and text will be the biggest winners at the intersection of UI and AI over the next few years.  People can now interact ...continue


Non-Tech Firms Changing Startup Business Models

A few days ago Hunter Walk (quickly becoming one of my favorite VC blogs to read) posted a blog on the new reality that is non-tech firms being more frequent acquirers of startups than tech companies. Yesterday, CB Insights did the same putting the spotlight on several of the companies that exited to traditional companies with ...continue


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