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Entries Tagged as 'Product Management'

The awkward role of product management in online advertising network companies

April 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I don’t envy any product management professional who work for any of the online advertising networks. There are tremendous amount of hype in the online advertising network industry. But, I’m going to make a controversial statement today: most ad networks are ad agency in disguise. They’re essentially ad agency for the digital world. Two groups […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Product Management

Bob Stroller and Platform

December 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

One thing about being a dad of two little ones is that I have learned a lot about strollers. Let me tell you: there are a lot of similarities between the stroller world and the car market. The low-end of stroller market is like Honda Civics: reliable, sturdy, and plain. (Disclaimer: I have nothing against […]

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Tags: Innovation · Product Management · Start-up Success Publishes How To Become A Product Manager

November 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’m pleased to announce that I just finished writing How to Become a Product Manager premium report. Why did I write this report? Because over the years I have met many people who were struggling to make a career transition to product management. It shouldn’t be that hard. This report tells you the good, bad, […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Product Management

Is product management being marginalized in your organization?

September 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments

In the past few weeks, I keep hearing the same complaint from hard-working and stressed-out product managers: product management is being marginalized in their companies. Case #1: The company is run by sales people. It’s extremely deal driven. The company is doing well. Closing deals. Sales people are becoming more powerful as a result of […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Product Management

Yahoo Mail is a great example of bad product management

June 5th, 2009 · No Comments

I sincerely hope that someone in Yahoo’s product management organization will see this post. Or, please forward this post to Carol Bartz. 🙂 By the way, I’m not alone on this – Henry Blodget had also written “Deal Carol Bartz: You Need to Fix Yahoo Mail.” I agree with most of Henry’s points. Additionally, I […]

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Tags: Management · Product Management

New Balance store associate recommends me to buy shoes at

June 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Tony Shieh, CEO of, will be delighted to hear this story. 🙂 I was looking to buy a pair of New Balance running shoes last weekend. We went to the New Balance store in the local mall. The sales associate in the store was very patient and helpful. I finally decided on a particular […]

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Tags: Build a Company · Product Management · Start-up Success

Is product management a good career entry point for new college graduate?

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

A few years ago I hired a summer intern. He just finished his junior year at an Ivy-league school, majored in computer science. He was a very bright and balanced person. Not only he was a proficient programmer, he also had excellent interpersonal skills. I was very happy with his performance and recommended my employer […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Learning and Growing · Prod. Mgr Transition · Product Management

Is Amazon Kindle Publishing For Blogs Beta Program a good deal for bloggers?

May 18th, 2009 · 3 Comments recently launched Kindle Publishing For Blogs Beta Program. The business model is simple: if you have a blog with RSS feed, you can sign up for the program and make it available to Kindle readers. Amazon will charge a monthly subscription fees to Kindle readers for each blog. Amazon splits the revenue 70/30 with […]

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Tags: Blogging · Product Management

Too many managers, too few leaders

May 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Rose is the VP of Account Management at an Internet start-up. She has a team of ten people reporting to her. When she runs into product managers, developers, and operational folks in the company, she always asks: "what have you done today for help my team?". When someone asked why one of her accounts is […]

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Tags: Leadership · Management · Product Management · Start-up Success

The master strikes again — Quick thoughts on Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun Microsystems

April 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Oracle announced this morning that it is buying Sun Microsystems in a deal valued approximately $7.4 billion. I’d like to offer a few quick thoughts: This is a brilliant strategic move by Larry Ellison, a master of acquiring enterprise technology companies. Oracle’s bread-and-butter is database. Its single biggest threat is the open source MySql database. […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · News · Product Management