Summary: Essential listening for entrepreneurs, product managers and anyone working in tech today. We break down the concepts you need to know, from Product Management to Growth, Sales to Funding, we'll bring you stories that will inspire and insights that will change the way you think about product and business. Rocketship.fm, produced in partnership with Product Collective, inspires hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, developers, marketers, product people, and designers each month. Join us as we dive into everything from product management to growth, culture to sales and everything in between. Rocketship.fm has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Inc, Entrepreneur and many more business publications as a top business podcast year after year.
Brent Tworetzky is the Executive Vice President at the XO Group (The Know, The Bump) where he leads XO Group's 50 person product group (product mgmt, design, user research).Today we talk with Brent about User Science. User Science includes the vast fields of User Research and Analytics. Product User Research encompasses a range of tools to directly learn from users: hands off observation, direct inquiry, putting products in users hands, and the many forms in between. Product Analytics ranges from A/B testing to exploratory analysis (searching for patterns) to predictive analysis.Most product manager skills can be found in many fields–Strategic Thinking, Sufficient Technicals, Collaboration, Communication, and Detail Orientation. User science is a special domain-specific skill that great product managers needs to learn. According to Brent, “user science has been the difference between product failure and a massive user hit.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
There is no substitute for the real thing. Today on the show we welcome back Bob Moesta who spent hours with us recording real interviews with Industry attendees and unpacking the conversations to answer the question - what Job does Product Collective's Industry do for it’s attendees.Adding Jobs To Be Done to your bag of tricks gives you a leg up in the product world. We breakdown Bob Moesta’s exclusive interviews with actual customers of Industry conference. The best way to learn is by unpacking real decisions that consumers have actually made and this is a rare opportunity to learn from the master himself.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan Olsen is an entrepreneur, consultant, author, speaker, and expert in product management and Lean Startup. At Olsen Solutions, he works with CEOs and product leaders to help them build great products and strong product teams, often as interim VP of Product.Dan has worked with a range of businesses, from small, early-stage startups to large public companies, on a wide variety of web and mobile products. His clients include Facebook, Box, Microsoft, YouSendIt (now HighTail), Epocrates, Medallia, XING, Financial Engines, and One Medical Group.Prior to consulting, Dan worked at Intuit, where he led the Quicken product team to record sales and profit. He also led product management at social networking pioneer Friendster, and was the cofounder and CEO of YourVersion, a TechCrunch award-winning personalized news startup. Dan began his career designing nuclear-powered submarines.Dan wrote the bestseller The Lean Product Playbook, published by Wiley. He lives in Silicon Valley, where he hosts the monthly Lean Product & Lean UX Meetup. A frequent speaker at business and tech events, Dan enjoys sharing ideas and comparing notes with as many people as he can. He also gives public and private workshops.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today we talk with Noah Kagan, the founder and CEO of Sumo. Noah has a long a long career working in startups and he shares some of his mistakes, and how he quickly turned things around. In late 2005, Kagan joined Facebook as employee #30 where he served as product manager for eight months. After being fired from Facebook, he then joined Mint as the director of marketing. At Mint, Kagan developed the initial marketing strategy for the launch of the website. Noah was with Mint.com for 10 months and left the company prior to the product's launch in September 2007 at TechCrunch.After Mint, in June 2007, Kagan founded KickFlip, a payment company for social games. In March 2010 Kagan founded AppSumo, a daily deals website and later launched Sumo, which makes tools for growing an online business.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It seems like all we hear about today is disruption, disruption, disruption. Everybody is disrupting something -- from Transportation to Hospitality -- all anyone wants to do is blow everything up.So what is the difference between Disruption and Innovation? Well, Disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptors.Disruption and Innovation are often different sides of the same coin. Today we explore how companies are approaching innovation and disruption in the Healthcare industry. We talk with Joshua Landry of Figure1 and Sasha Bhatia, the Director of Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care in Toronto.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A user persona is a fictional representation of your ideal customer. Today, we take two of those fictional representations and bring them to life. Mike Belsito has ventured out to find several real-life personas, interview them and bring you what we've found. How accurate are our personas? What are we often missing from them that would help us build better products? A persona typically has a name, a picture, relevant characteristics such as age or income group, behavioral traits, common tasks, and a goal that describes the problem the persona wants to see solved or the benefit the character wants to achieve. This information is traditionally based on direct observation, interviews, and other qualitative market research.Personas should help you develop empathy for your users and customers. They encourage you to embrace a user-centered approach: Putting the users first and building a product that truly benefits them. This avoids the fallacy of a solution-centric approach: worrying more about the product and its features and technologies that the reason people would want to buy and use it in the first place.Alan Cooper pioneered personas in product development in the 1990ies. Today every product manager and product owner should be able to create and work with personas.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oli Gardner has dedicated this Janurary to writing 30 articles in 30 days, all about Product, Product Marketing and Unbounce. We caught with him to see how this all got started, what he was hoping to get out of it and what's next.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You may be tired of writing product stories and pitching product ideas that fall flat. Here we break down how to tell compelling product stories by understanding the basic of storytelling itself. Jack and beanstalk may not be part of your everyday standups, but its the perfect way to breakdown the essential elements of a story. From screenwriter Michael Jamin to Product Manager and former Technical Director at Pixar, Josh Anon, we show you how you can use basic story writing techniques to better convey product ideas, initiatives and marketing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We sat down with Dennis Crowley of Foursquare to talk about the early days of Foursquare, what really happened after their historic SXSW launch and the sacrifices it takes to achieve greatness. In 2003, Crowley co-founded Dodgeball with fellow student Alex Rainert while attending New York University. Dodgeball was acquired by Google in 2005. After Google abandoned the Dodgeball project in 2007, Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai co-founded Foursquare in 2009. Foursquare, known for its location intelligence offerings for both enterprises and consumers, is used by more than 50 million people every month.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sam Goertler has led product teams at Yammer, Asana and now Kickstarter. She talks with us about what she's learned leading teams through product redesigns and new platforms.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Product Poetry. The subtle art of describing your product in a way that excites everyone around you. This isn’t just for entrepreneurs pitching investors, this is for product managers and product leaders to inspire their teams to push themselves to build the best possible solution.Walk through examples from Figure One, Facebook and Sono’s with us as we attempt to break down what makes a powerful product description and what are the elements you need to improve yours.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We talked with Arlan Hamilton, theFounder & Managing Partner of Backstage Capital. Backstage Capital has invested more than $2M in 50+ companies led by underrepresented founders. Arlan is a venture capital fund manager, but she got her start publishing the internationally distributed indie magazine INTERLUDE, and toured extensively as a live music production professional, she enters the venture investing world from an unconventional path. Arlan is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. We discuss diversity in tech, her story to becoming an unlikely VC and her advice for founders on how to stay focused and prioritize. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Bezos We Trust [Rebroadcast]
Achieving Deep Work [Rebroadcast]
John Vars a project manager at TaskRabbit, talks with us about he has was able to come into a relatively new company and create a structure to achieve higher results.