On Seriously Rethinking the Digital Economy

 

A Diamond in the Economic Rough Two weeks ago, the American Economic Association held its annual meeting in Philadelphia. Spread over three days and two different hotels, this conference included over 500 sessions. Buried in the program, during the morning on the last day, was a grab bag paper session titled Radically Rethinking Economic Policy.…

via On Seriously Rethinking the Digital Economy — Blog – Cal Newport

Facebook’s Motivations

The trepidation — and inevitable outrage — with which much of the media has greeted Facebook’s latest change to the News Feed algorithm seems rather anticlimactic. Nearly three years ago I wrote in The Facebook Reckoning that any publisher that was not a “destination site” — that is, a site that had a direct connection…

via Facebook’s Motivations — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Rise of the Super App: Mobile-First Product Ideas from China

Apps like WeChat and Alipay in China show us what’s possible when an entire country leapfrogs over the PC era directly to mobile. And while the contexts and nuances differ significantly, there are lots of product …

via Rise of the Super App: Mobile-First Product Ideas from China — Andreessen Horowitz

On the Rise of Digital Addiction Activism

The First Stirrings of a New Activism The investment funds run by Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System hold a combined $2 billion in Apple stock. This ensured the business community took notice when earlier this week, these investors sent a letter to Apple expressing concern about the impact of the tech…

via On the Rise of Digital Addiction Activism — Blog – Cal Newport

Goals & Non-Goals

One of the most important part of our jobs as Product Managers is setting goals — goals for ourselves, goals for our teams, and goals for our products.  Goals are important — they set the North Star for us to know where we’re going, why we’re going there, and how we know whether or not we’ll be successful when we get there.  Properly-formulated goals are an essential component of being a successful Product Manager.  But how many of us think about non-goals?  Those things that we are intentionally choosing not to do in a given project, the things we don’t expect to change due to our efforts, or the subject matter areas that (for one reason or another) we don’t want to address at this time, with this team, or with this project.  Non-Goals are just as important as actual goals, and here are a few reasons to keep them in mind in your next kickoff session…

via Goals & Non-Goals — The Clever PM

Timing

There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen. Sadly, to profit from being right you either have to get the timing right or you have to hang in there until the timing is right. The latter can be incredibly painful and most investors don’t have…

via Timing — AVC

Product Discovery Tips

Bring the Right People Together Product discovery is a team sport. You should therefore involve the right people in the discovery work and secure enough of their time. I find it helpful to form a product discovery team that consists of: Development team members: user experience (UX) designer, developer, tester; Key stakeholders, for example, people…

via Product Discovery Tips — Roman Pichler