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Design composition and visual hierarchy

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As a product manager, providing an informed critique of visual design is something one does often. Here are some of the basics that designers keep in mind as they design things. As a product manager, having these terms and concepts handy helps give relatable feedback and helps drive discussions around a common understanding. Harmony is what every visual form strives to attain. Harmony of elements...

On Design

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Poet Pablo Neruda wrote – To whoever is not listening to the sea this Friday morning, to who ever is cooped up in house or office, factory or woman or street or mine or dry prison cell, to him I come, and without speaking or looking I arrive and open the door of his prison. Design does something very similar. Design communicates ideas. Designers  take the latest technological insight or...

How to learn and study

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My micro-econ prof at business school once said, “I love models….Brazilian, Russian…in that order”. I love models too. Often times frameworks and models help cut across ill defined problems and clarify things and focus team energies in a matter of minutes. Super helpful. That said with close to three and a half million product and strategy models out there recalling the...

Product Management Classics

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Product managers are often called the CEOs of a product. One of my early managers once said I was the soul of the product. I’m sure we’ve been called other names too. Since daily activities of the soul and the CEO are not too well defined, our tribe ends up as constant seekers in valleys and crests between white boards and product announcements. Good advice always comes handy in our...

Big Data 101

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As the spectrum of big data products grow in number and nuance, below are some primers on thinking about data complexity and  about solutions. I’ll keep this space updated as more good stuff comes handy. Feast on the seminal papers on big data: Hadoop, Big Table, Spark, Storm…..

On creation and collaboration

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On creation and collaboration from John Steinbeck’s Nobel speech – Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in art, in music, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can...

Owning your career – basics

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Amidst the one and half billion career advice articles published on linkedin every hour, I’ve found careerealism’s posts more relevant and to the point. Here’s one that talks about….you know, the things you already know. Make a list of everything you’re awesome at. Stop waiting for your boss to give you a promotion, stop waiting for recruiters to reach out to you with new...

Creativity and other things

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Steve Jobs –
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”
13 more Jobs quotes here.

Growth metrics from Pinterest

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John Egan from Pinterest’s growth team has put together a good starting set of metrics to measure churn and acquisition in a rapidly growing product. A good daily dashboard health check to see engagement, acquisition, churn and reactivation across segments. ….you can see we put a big emphasis on activation (the process of getting a new user to convert to a MAU). This is because we...

Oculus Rift – Inside Story

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“I think I’ve seen five or six computer demos in my life that made me think the world was about to change,” he says. “Apple II, Netscape, Google, iPhone … then Oculus. It was that kind of amazing.” By December, Oculus had closed Series B funding—with Andreessen Horowitz leading—for $75 million.
Peter Rubin’s inside story on Oculus Rift and  how virtual reality is coming of age. Good read.

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