Tag Archive: Product Development

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    by Angie Chang

    The Number One Reason You Should Build A Product

    Come to Poornima’s workshop at General Assembly in San Francisco on October 27 for an Introduction to Product Development class to learn the process for picking features to create a viable MVP – register here to save 15% as a Women 2.0 member.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    I’m not sure they why the call it software, it’s so damn hard to build. In fact, I’m convinced the only reason they call it software is because hardware is harder to build.

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    by Angie Chang

    How To Build A Self-Sufficient Team

    I’ve been running a little experiment with my team at BizeeBee, which I’ve code named Poornima’s Paris Plan, or “PPP”.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    It’s easy as a founder to just do everything, especially if you’re technical. But just because you can do everything doesn’t mean you should. Doing everything not only leads to burning out, but it can also be very de-motivating for your team, especially if you are doing tasks you had hired them to do!

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    by Angie Chang

    Where You Can Find An Empty Ladies Room

    Congrats to the mom-and-daughter team – Agloves is now a multi-million dollar business.

    By AnnMarie McIlwain (Founder & CEO, CareerFuel)

    Women take note: there is no line for the ladies bathroom at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) because everyone is in the men’s room. That was among the first things Jennifer Spencer and Jean Spencer, CEO and Vice President respectively of Agloves, noticed earlier this year at the CES show in Las Vegas.

    Jennifer and Jean are a rare find: mother and daughter, founders and owners of a technology-driven consumer products company and successful entrepreneurs whose business has largely been created through social media.

    Battling frostbite on the streets of Washington D.C.

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner Event: Products Are Hard (May 1 in SF)

    PRODUCTS ARE WHAT? That’s right, we said it. Making products is hard — whether you’re a product manager at corporation of 10,000 or a individual maker working out of your garage. The interdisciplinary job can be daunting, even for the most experienced generalist.

    So what better than to talk about it at the Products Are Hard gathering on May 1 in San Francisco, CA. Learn from speakers from a wide range of fields with all manner of job descriptions to share stories, provide insights, and suggest new ways of working.

    Women 2.0 members save 20% on tickets when you register here.

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    by Angie Chang

    On Cultural Competence In Product, Startup Success

    By Avichal Garg (Co-Founder & CEO, Spool)

    Core competence is a factor that cannot be easily replicated and gives the business a competitive advantage in delivering their product or service to customers. Core competencies are how a business does something; the lens through which opportunities are identified and evaluated. Cultural competencies are how a business figures out what to do. [1]

    Every business, no matter the size, has cultural competencies.

    • Cultural competencies are a reflection of the founders’ personalities. It’s no coincidence that Google was started and led by Ph.Ds, Apple by a designer-perfectionist
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    by Angie Chang

    Are You Asking The Wrong Startup Product/UX Questions?

    Some common questions about UX and how to get answers directly from users.

    By Laura Klein (Principal, Users Know)

    When I’m talking with startups, they frequently ask me all sorts of questions. I imagine that they’re probably really disappointed when I respond with a shrug.

    You see, frequently they’re asking entirely the wrong question. And, more importantly, they’re asking the wrong person.

    It is an unfortunate fact that many startups talk to people like me (or their investors or their advisors or “industry experts”) instead of talking to their users.

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    by Angie Chang

    5 Lessons From Zuck: Make Stuff. Lots Of Stuff.

    By Christina Pan (Social/Mobile Games Product Manager, Self)

    I found Mark Zuckerberg’s class Product Development at Facebook. As someone who has long drank the Facebook kool-aid, I had to see what he had to say – especially if it was about product.

    The class is an interesting peek into his mind back in 2005 when he was 21 and Facebook was still only open to college students. Facebook had just launched the Photos application, and keep in mind that this was before Zuck famously turned down Yahoo’s $1 billion acquisition offer in the summer of 2006 with less than 7 million users (it’s amazing to think that Facebook has grown

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    by Angie Chang

    PITCH 2012 Conference: Women Talk About Shipping Products, Not Shopping For Products

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    On February 14, Caterina Fake delivered the opening keynote at Women 2.0′s PITCH Conference stating the need and opportunity to “humanize technology before it dehumanizes us.” She underlined that “the Internet is built on a culture of generosity” and fear of missing out, urging the audience to build technology products that bring people together instead of driving them apart:

    “Make it human, make it fun, work hard.”

    Another keynote speaker, ZipCar co-founder Robin Chase emphasized having focus in product development:

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    by Angie Chang

    A Labor Of Love & Passion (Entrepreneurship And Women 2.0)

    By Sonya Lee (User Experience Design Consultant, Mowie Media)

    Being amongst hundreds of women at Women 2.0 PITCH Conference has been the most exciting opportunity for me in 2012. Not only has it been an honor to attend, it has also been a personal opportunity to instill a sense of pride and validation in my work as a UX designer and solo entrepreneur.

    For the past two years, I have worked diligently in my home-office developing a concept and business strategy for Wine and Food Travel, an online community and marketplace for artisanal and boutique businesses around the world.

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    by Angie Chang

    Prioritizing Startup Projects: Stop Worrying About The Cupholders!

    By Laura Klein (Principal, Users Know)

    Every startup I’ve ever talked to has too few resources. Programmers, money, marketing…you name it, startups don’t have enough of it.

    When you don’t have enough resources, prioritization becomes even more important. You don’t have the luxury to execute every single great idea that you have. You need to pick and choose, and the life of your company depends on choosing wisely.

    Why is it that so many startups work so hard on the wrong stuff?

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    by Angie Chang

    On A Culture Of Constraints In Product Development

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    In 4 days, it will be the 1 year anniversary of launching BizeeBee my second startup. When I started BizeeBee, I was determined to put in place engineering principles that I hadn’t been able to at previous companies. I also wanted to avoid a lot of bad practices that I had experienced throughout my career such as splitting the responsibilities of development and testing, and product bloat.

    I know most startups like to take the quick and dirty approach to product development, and then go back and refactor or rebuild their product. That’s great and we’ve certainly refactored a lot of our code base too. But I started charging customers from