LinkedIn – has the product lost its charm?

“Shares have fallen more than 40 per cent since Steven Sordello, the company’s chief financial officer, warned about slowing growth at the so-called “talent solutions business”, which sells subscriptions to companies hunting for potential hires.” – quotes an article on the Financial Times about LinkedIn in the recent past. Here’s my brief take on it as […]

Ask Why?

For meaningful user experience, product manager must ask “why?”

A conversation during an interview for a Product Manager Imagine a conversation between the Head of Product (HoP) and a candidate interviewing for a product manager position in his team. HoP: You need a build a feature which allows users to do <a specific task with the product>. How would you go about it? Candidate: First figure how the user […]

Design for people, not awards – Timothy Prestero @ TEDxBoston

“Timothy Prestero thought he’d designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world — but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. A manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)…” Product Design for actual use > outcomes > manufacturing & […]

Apple patent reignites iPhone NFC hopes (via NFCworld)

“A newly published patent application shows that Apple has been working on ways to combine the fingerprint verification technology it acquired in July 2012 with NFC — and may also be eyeing a variation of NFC that uses “body coupled communications” Read more at NFCWorld.com …

Are you happy with your LinkedIn account?

Being an active job seeker, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. Over the past few months I have seen several changes in LinkedIn, from the web user interface to the business focus. Starting with a Freemium business model back in 2003, it has evolved into a multi-sided business model. The LinkedIn Recruiter Product back from […]

Marissa Mayer’s Unauthorized Biography .. via Business Insider

Wow.. just finished reading “The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography” by Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider; I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this here. Its quite long, but quite the thriller in itself.. ! The part I liked best  …. The past two years at Google — since she was, according to the rest of […]

The product manager vs the product owner

An interesting read about the worlds of Product Owners & Product Managers on Pragmatic Marketing. The article has quite an interesting start, read on to find more… The Mythical Product Owner Product Managers must quickly adapt to the Agile methodology, or face becoming sidelined. It is critical to understand the relationship between traditional and new […]

mPOS: Addressing new customer segments! A case of blue-ocean strategy!

In an attempt to better understand and apply the blue-ocean strategy, I decided to test the framework on a rapidly evolving market – the payment’s industry. The solutions in the payments industry can be broadly classified into categories: those addressing emerging economies and those addressing developed economies. It naturally follows that the value propositions of the payments […]

Product Manager: The messenger of the market!

I came across this presentation on the Pragmatic Marketing website about a year back and thought of sharing this on the blog here. The author, Steve Johnson, presents an extremely interesting articulation of the Product Management role in technology companies – “A product manager is a messenger of the market”. He also presents interesting insights into the […]