From Crazy Purple to Statups and People Afar

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

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On Starting Up…

http://mashable.com/2011/04/25/communicate-remote-employees/
Trick out your startup with the increasingly popular remote employee.

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On Design & Product Experience…

http://designm.ag/inspiration/examples-of-purple-in-web-design
Royally brave designers tapping the noble power of purple.

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On Modular Innovation…

http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2011/04/why-the-api-startup-is-here-to.php
Hub of the modern startup is now Modular Innovation.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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More Openness and Other Product Manager Trends

Paul GrayVery close runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2010 was Paul Gray. Paul Gray has spent ten years working in the entertainment, media and communications industries within Australia and Europe. Paul worked in both B2B and B2C roles for organizations including Disney, Foxtel, and British Telecom.

In consideration as The Best Product Person of 2010, I interviewed Paul about all aspects of Product Management, from his own career path, to advice, to trends he now sees emerging.

This week, let’s look at the trends of openness Paul is seeing.

Looking Forward

> What trends do you see in product management? positive trends? any negative trends?
With the rise of Web 2.0 and consumers gaining more visibility, influence and even control in the development and distribution of products and services, I think product managers will find their role become increasingly more customer centric. It won’t be possible to “stay in the office” and “work on market requirements”.

There seems to be increasing board awareness of the role of product management and I think this will continue. But product managers must work hard to ensure that the rest of the business they operate in understands what it is they should do and what they should not do. This is necessary to help product managers focus on the strategic work rather than get bogged down in operational or tactical tasks.

> How do you see product management evolving over the next 5 years?
Product managers in are already navigators and facilitators – working with customers directly, as well as their colleagues in sales, operations, engineering, marketing and customer service. But as we see increasing globalisation, more openness within organisations and power shifting to the customer, product managers will have to step up and take responsibility for the entire experience. This presents an excellent opportunity to make truly amazing products and services, but it also threatens organisations that are slow or reluctant to open up.

More to Come

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Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interviews with other fascinating product people I met in my product person journeys!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2010, or any other of the upcoming product person interviews, as well as other insightful posts from The Product Guy.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Poking the Bubble to the Price of Modular Innovation

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

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On Starting Up…

http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2011/04/what-will-this-bubbles-legacy.php
Poking the startup tech bubble that has made many great Modular Innovation contributions.

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On Design & Product Experience…

http://webdesignledger.com/tips/practicing-the-basics-of-web-typography
Get in touch with the family to do fonts right.

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On Modular Innovation…

http://darmano.typepad.com/logic_emotion/2011/04/currency.html
The price of Modular Innovation is…

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

MTV Rocks Product Management

image As many of you know, I have been working at MTV Networks (MTVN) for a while. MTV Networks is an incredible company, spanning numerous familiar brands (MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike, Nickelodeon, …) with fantastic teams, and amazing jobs. And, we are aggressively enhancing and growing our Product Management organization.

If you are a product person (product manager, developer, project manager, …) in NYC who loves…

  • writing stories (the agile kind),
  • collecting business requirements,
  • working with your partners in technology and development, and
  • contributing to the cutting edge products that power MTVN and all its brands…

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…contact me at jeremydhorn+mtv@gmail.com with your resume attached.

Thanks & if you think you know of someone who would be interested, pass it on.

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Startup Color to Hitting the Right Visitors with a 4×4

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

01_rocketwatcher

On Starting Up…

http://www.rocketwatcher.com/blog/2011/04/startup-launch-lessons-from-color.html
Color your understanding of launching a startup right.

02_4by4

On Design & Product Experience…

http://www.inspiredm.com/winning-knowledge-content/
Target your visitors with a 4×4 to achieve greater engagement.

03_nike

On Modular Innovation…

http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/04/14/review-nike-sportwatch-gps/
Hone your knowledge of a new device of Modular Innovation.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Killing Products, Finding Product People & May Visions!

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Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at Dogpatch Labs, as well as to our sponsors, Balsamiq Studios, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions.

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Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were…

Featured Product: NearSay
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from the scaling the product to guiding technical decisions
(thanks to NearSay Product People: Trevor Sumner, Joshua Mack)

To Kill a Product
from the challenges of pulling the trigger to inside Google

The Product Group meet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet, interact, and network in a roundtable setting. It’s awesome to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational gathering.

If you are a Product Person and are interested in having your product featured or participating as a featured guest expert at an upcoming meetup of The Product Group, contact me.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meetup …

Thursday, May 5th @ 7PM
RSVP Now!

And, stay tuned for more announcements about May’s Featured Product, TouchGraph.

If you would like to attend our next meet-up, RSVP today or visit our group webpage at…

http://meetup.com/TheProductGroup

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

P.S. Interested in becoming a sponsor or host of The Product Group? contact me.

From Sketchy Trends to Running Away with Fitbit

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

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On Design & Product Experience…

http://www.myinkblog.com/2011/04/05/design-trends-40-hand-drawn-websites-for-your-inspiration/comment-page-1/
Sketch in the latest online design trend.

03_fitbit

On Modular Innovation…

http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/05/fitbit-partners-with-runkeeper-microsoft-about-me-and-others-with-new-api/
Exercise the expansion of modular innovation in the real-world.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy