David Kadavy On How To Become A Great Designer

After working in Silicon Valley as a product designer, David Kadavy (@Kadavy) focused on teaching non-designers how to make beautiful design. David is known as the bestselling author of Design for Hackers, a blogger, and the host of his podcast, Love Your Work. His new book The Heart to Start is out on December 12th. The Q&A below is between … Continue reading David Kadavy On How To Become A Great Designer

Why Building Something You Would Love May Be A Bad Idea

There is more of less a collective agreement among entrepreneurs that the idea is only a small fraction of a venture’s success. This turns focus to the importance of executing on an idea. To work hard and to hustle. Numerous books are dedicated to this subject, and while I wholeheartedly agree with them, I want … Continue reading Why Building Something You Would Love May Be A Bad Idea

Bold moves are needed to make real progress

A Scientific Argument For Making Bold Product Decisions

Countless articles argue that it's the smaller incremental improvements that form the overall growth of the company. However, even with many small tests yielding 2 or 3% improvements each, this kind of strategy can be the death of your company. In product management, split testing is an excellent example of why the small improvements may … Continue reading A Scientific Argument For Making Bold Product Decisions

The Non-Marketer’s Guide To SEO

Excelling at search engine optimization (SEO) is a key component of a successful strategy for most online businesses. However, for many founders and marketers without a strong online background, SEO can often come across as a black box. As for all other marketing channels, my favoured approach is highly analytical. I prefer to start with … Continue reading The Non-Marketer’s Guide To SEO

How Making Yourself Obsolete Can Help Your Company Succeed

It’s a common misconception that the key to career success is to be central to the business; to take on as much responsibility as possible and hold on to it. After all, if you alone can perform a critical task, surely you are the company's biggest asset? This couldn't be further from the truth. You … Continue reading How Making Yourself Obsolete Can Help Your Company Succeed

Planning For Personal Development

6 Tips For Planning Your Personal Development: The Challenges of a Steep Learning Curve

For business, as for sports, even the most talented people in the world need years of practice to be the best they can be. It should be a surprise to no one that you can't go from the street and straight to the top of any sport. The top athletes have been matched with challenges … Continue reading 6 Tips For Planning Your Personal Development: The Challenges of a Steep Learning Curve

Generating Value Through Execution: 7 Steps to Rising in a Start-Up

The pinnacle of generating value within our companies is the ability to execute. Unless you're in a corporate environment with a strict career ladder, the opportunity to grow within a company and attain more responsibility is determined by your ability to generate value for your team and the company as a whole. As we will … Continue reading Generating Value Through Execution: 7 Steps to Rising in a Start-Up

Nandu Nandkishore

Former Nestlé Executive VP, Nandu Nandkishore, on Understanding Consumer Psychology

Nandu Nandkishore is an Executive Fellow at London Business School and the former Executive Vice President and board member of Nestle Asia, Oceania and Africa, where he built his reputation as a great leader and brand builder (As Martin Lindstrom previously has highlighted in his interview on this blog). Today, Nandu holds a number of … Continue reading Former Nestlé Executive VP, Nandu Nandkishore, on Understanding Consumer Psychology

Product Management Tips

25 Product Management Tips For Your First 100 days

Congratulations on your new role as product manager! As a product manager, you will have a big role in executing the vision of the company and of delivering the true value to your users. It's an exciting space to operate in, but it is also very unlike any other field. You will be the glue … Continue reading 25 Product Management Tips For Your First 100 days

AirHelp

Henrik Zillmer, AirHelp founder, on being part of Y Combinator and moving to Silicon Valley as a foreigner

Henrik Zillmer has been a friend of mine for some years now. In the past, we built e-commerce companies across the continents, but nowadays, Henrik works on AirHelp, which he co-founded and now heads as the CEO. AirHelp was picked to be part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2014 Class and has since succeeded in helping … Continue reading Henrik Zillmer, AirHelp founder, on being part of Y Combinator and moving to Silicon Valley as a foreigner