The startup hype curve!

Not a single day goes by without the newspapers screaming with headlines suggesting <XYZ> E-commerce company making waves and raising <X> USD venture funding. Friends, family etc. everyone are trying to jump onto the e-commerce bandwagon and everyone wants to come to the party and hopefully, make some quick bucks. I see history repeating here in India and I want to caution my readers about the craze surrounding:

1. Startups, 2. E-commerce boom, 3. Startup boom (not as a way to solve real customer problems but as a way to make easy money)

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Organizational change/restructuring and the associated politics

The problem

Its no secret on the level of politicking one has to encounter as one meanders through the complex maze of organizational politics. Change is forever and while it may impact different individuals at different times, the outcome is key. You are measured not always by what you did but how well you play to the new environment and how adaptable you are. You will be rooted out by the system sooner than later if you do not adjust to the new structure and this happens in organizations of all shapes and sizes. How do you negotiate this as a Product manager instituting product thinking into the new management team?

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The origin of Silicon valley!

Great research by The Endeavor research!

http://bit.ly/1qFzFaA

Having personally worked for a Bay Area company for almost 3 years and pretty much all my career for California based companies, this was a fresh breath of air to analyze and reset on the firm foundation required to build an eco system of startups that are spawned from such a small area!

The value generated by Bay Area companies exceeds the GDP of many countries (India included!) – in other words, Trillions of $!

 

Silicon Valley – innovation hub with Indians!

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Source: http://mobile.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-05/tech-immigrants-a-map-of-silicon-valleys-imported-talent

Focus or the lack of it – why startups suffer / lessons learned!

One of my friend’s company seems to be in a total state of turmoil!

Basis what he informed me, one of the founders (a wickedly smart chap!) left and ever since, he claims to have lost that motivation to do great things at work. While his management team is trying to stich together a good turnaround strategy, he claims to have seen this script play itself before and claims it does not bode well.

The problem is really multi faceted and upon speaking with him, he narrowed it down to the top three things that alarmed him the most:

1. Lack of complete focus on target markets

2. Lack of a clear vision in terms of either being a product co. Or a service co.

3. Lack of a trust factor amongst the senior management of his co. – everyone seems to be doing their own thing

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Mom says don’t talk to strangers!

They say a Product Manager should always be closest to…. You know who?

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Politics, Product Management (a day in life of an India based PM)

They say Product Management is all about ‘Influence without authority’.

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