Auckland: Scaling SaaS

Callaghan Innovation’s conference on “Scaling Your SaaS Business Faster” is for NZ business/technical leaders, especially software entrepreneurs. Rich Mironov’s keynote is on product/market fit and product management, followed by workshops on early validation techniques.

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Will 2016 Be The Year Of The Unicorn Apocalypse In Silicon Valley?

Forbes

From Forbes’ Leadership blog: my comments about the impending Unicorn Apocalypse. What happens when a few highly visible startups stumble and funding slows down?

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Bangalore product tour (Feb 2015)

I visited Bangalore for a combination of workshops, public talks and client meetings hosted by Confianzys. The trip had a cooking theme: sharing Silicon Valley’s “secret sauce” for innovation and successful products.

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Good, Better, Best (Product Camp Seattle)

I was excited give this keynote at Product Camp Seattle on “Good, Better and Best Product Management” and to meet members of our far-flung product tribe in person who I’d only reached digitally.

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Video: Product Management and Startups

In this video Magnus Billgren (of Tolpagorni) and Rich Mironov talk about the very earliest-stage startups and their need for product management thinking — even if they are too small to have a dedicated person exclusively for this role.  Conversation isabout founders with good product reflexes, lean startups, why there’s usually not a formal product manager among the founders, and when to add one full-time.  (In my experience, it’s at twelve to twenty employees.) This is the third in a series, recorded in March 2012 at Stockholm Product Leadership Days.

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Podcast: Galvanizing The Product Management Career Path

I was honored to join Cindy Solomon’s Product Management Talk podcast series on April 16th.  Co-hosted by Adrienne Tan and  Nick Coster, we had a lively conversation about Galvanizing The Product Management Career Path.

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Three Product Challenges for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

Rich Mironov led a clinic on product management concepts for very early-stage start-ups (1 to 3 employees), hosted by Agile Entrepreneurs. Three Product Challenges for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs Three Product Challenges for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs from Rich Mironov When: Thursday July 15, 2010 Where: Fenwick & West, 801 California St, Mountain View CA Who: Hosted/presented by Agile Entrepreneurs Rich talked about what product management is, who does it at start-ups, and three things that every founder must do (or get help doing) even though there’s no product manager on board yet: Seriously listen to their market/prospects Build a thumbnail customer-side ROI Take time for whole-product thinking

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Burning Your Boats

I spent 2006 consulting to small tech companies, including seven months as an interim executive.  I also nearly co-founded a start-up.  Come year-end, though, I find that I haven’t created a new company or joined a fledgling venture. This brings to mind discussions of commitment and “burning your boats.”

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Growing Back into Management

scaling up

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Girls Getting a Head Start(-Up)

Silicon Valley middle school girls running their first start-ups.

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