From a Spike of Risk to a Boost of Mood

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

product-bundle

On Product Management…

http://pragmaticpricing.com/2013/06/15/should-you-unbundle/
Break up and do yourself some good.

 
 

On Starting Up…

http://mashable.com/2013/07/23/spike-lee-kickstarter/
Mitigate the risk with a spike of pizazz.

startup-spike
modularinnovation-cloud

On Modular Innovation…

http://gigaom.com/2013/05/22/cloudbase-io-launches-shared-api-to-help-mobile-apps-get-connected/
Put the mobile in more mobile.

 
 

On Design & Product Experience…

http://designyoutrust.com/2013/08/can-art-boost-your-mood/
Illuminate to elevate.

design-mood

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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From Waking Up to Learning Hard

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

businesscase

On Product Management…

http://streetsmartproductmanager.com/2013/05/21/8-steps-to-create-a-business-case-that-sells/
Get validated with your product strategy.

 
 

On Starting Up…

Learn from some of the the hardest.
http://tech.co/hardest-startup-lessons-2013-05

hard_lessons
api_economy

On Modular Innovation…

http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/28/facebook-and-the-sudden-wake-up-about-the-api-economy/
Wakeup to a new day of Modular Innovation.

 
 

On Design & Product Experience…

http://designyoutrust.com/2013/04/top-5-mistakes-in-web-navigation-revealed/
Navigate your better path.

design_lesson

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Composing to Servicing

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

product_2x4

On Product Management…

http://www.proficientz.com/two-by-four-product-management.html
Take a 2×4 to your product team.

 
 

On Starting Up…

http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2013/03/19/one-of-the-biggest-mistakes-enterprise-startups-make/
Service that professional business to start.

startup-service
mi-dealangel

On Modular Innovation…

http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/18/dealangel-api/
Rest in knowing of the new complementary streams of modular innovation.

 
 

On Design & Product Experience…

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672250/how-a-tiny-new-compose-window-could-reinvent-gmail
Compose yourself with increased efficiency.

design-compose

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Living the Experience to Popping the Modal

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

02_modal

On Design & Product Experience…

http://designreviver.com/articles/modal-windows-good-practice-or-just-glorified-pop-ups/
Manage the modal or be prepared to get popped.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Raising Right to that Minimal Site

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_money

On Starting Up…

http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2011/07/how-much-money-to-raise.html
Raise it just right.

02_minimal

On Design & Product Experience…

http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/20-new-examples-of-minimal-websites
Minimize that optimal site.

03_india

On Modular Innovation…

http://blog.programmableweb.com/2011/07/04/indias-individual-identification-project-adds-api/
View Modular Innovation in India taking flight.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Being Super Awesome to Integrating with Those You Love

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_bezos

On Starting Up…

http://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-on-failure-2011-6
Be super awesome this weekend with a hefty dose of failure.

02_eyetracking

On Design & Product Experience…

http://designbeep.com/2011/06/06/great-examples-of-eye-tracking-studies-for-blogs-and-websites/
Gaze deep into the eyes of those you seek to guide.

03_customerservice

On Modular Innovation…

http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/06/customer-service-api.php
Integrate with those you love.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Memorializing the Day to Driving Success

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_pricing

On Starting Up…

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219690
Drive your product to success with just a few monetary tweaks.

02_days

On Design & Product Experience…

http://inspirationfeed.com/2011/05/60-user-interface-calendar-inspirations-and-downloads/
Enjoy the extra days; soak in these designs.

03_api

On Modular Innovation…

http://blog.programmableweb.com/2011/05/23/attracting-developers-to-your-api/
Honor those with the right API.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Dispersed Creativity to Monetizing with 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?

02_food

On Design & Product Experience…

http://designm.ag/inspiration/26-web-designs-for-the-food-industry
Taste the latest in online food.

03_monetize

On Modular Innovation…

http://blog.programmableweb.com/2011/05/16/how-canadas-yellowapi-is-helping-developers-monetize-their-applications/
Breath life into those smaller apps with a little bit of monetizing Modular Innovation.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

More Companies are Becoming Modular Innovation Enablers

dokdoklogo_thumb154Email will be with us for a good time longer. DokDok, along with founder Bruno Morency, is seeking to evolve this often cumbersome communication mechanism, solving the often onerous challenge of exchanging documents via file attachment, tracking them, versioning them, facilitating interaction with them, and extending this vision to facilitate other products.

In Part 4, of this 4 part series, I sat down with Bruno to understand how he sees Modular Innovation (MI) affecting DokDok and how his startup is shaping the MI landscape.

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On Modular Innovation

TPG: Describe the benefits of this product for the average online user. (or, why should the average user care)
Bruno: We see the need for such an email API has follows: Conversations, collaboration and document exchange happens in email on a daily basis. Unfortunately, complementary apps such as CRM, document management, collaboration and project management ignore most of it or ask you to forward and bcc every single emails you want to view from their app.

TPG: Describe the benefits of this product for the application developer (and their online products).
Bruno: Many applications like CRM, wikis and task managers let you "attach" documents to clients, pages or tasks. Developers need to spend a lot of time adding those features and for users, it’s a burden to keep those documents updated. It’s not publicly available yet but we’ll offer these developers an API to use documents found in their users mailbox instead of building their own file management functionality.

We provide a unique email API that makes it easy for application developers to retrieve that information and leverage it in applications. Everyone can keep using email as the daily communication tool with the benefit of great apps that leverage those conversations and document exchange.

bunch of modular innovation TPG: Modular Innovation.  Tell me how you see each of the following contributing (when applicable), and to what degree, to the consumer’s online experience.

  • Sharability of content (if shareable, can you control to which people different information is shareable)
  • Flexibility (can a user and/or developer customize their experience/interaction with the product)
  • Interoperability (from / to 3rd party apps; redundancy; etc.)
  • Portability (does a user ‘own’ the content that they create/contribute; what parts do they own; can they download it; save it; etc.)
  • Convenience (can a user access the product/content from a diverse variety of access points; to what degree does the product automatically remember user settings, etc.)

Bruno: One important thing about DokDok is it’s not a new container for documents, it’s an "enabler" for the documents scattered in your mailbox. In that sense, we see DokDok bringing sharability, flexibility, interoperability and convenience to email.

TPG: How do you see your product evolving with respect to the trends of Modular Innovation?
Bruno: Your presentation of these trends of Modular Innovation is very interesting and fits really well with how innovation happens in technology. There’s been a lot of innovation to develop tools that are basically buckets for digital content and then to make these buckets "connectable". For document sharing, it’s pointless to build yet another platform to exchange and share documents. There’s hundreds if not thousands of these all promising the end of attachments with no success. The big universal bucket of electronic documents is email. Unfortunately, email is really bad at many things, managing shared documents being one of them. That’s what we’re after, bringing sharability, flexibility and interoperability to email attachments.

TPG: Any plans to integrate with other online products?
Bruno: That API was initially built out of our own need for an HTTP based way to query data from an email account. After talking with other developers, we realized there was more interest for this than the Gmail contextual gadget we built it for.

It can be used to query any email account accessible through IMAP (it’s not only Gmail/Google Apps).

What we did isn’t replicating IMAP connections in an HTTP context, we created a set of high-level calls that abstract a lot of the low-level email-specific details. For example, getting the history of messages exchanged with a contact is one simple call, you don’t need to worry about searches within numerous folders found in the mailbox.

And…

Since I originally spoke with Bruno DokDok has made many exciting strides in its product, especially in its continued embrace of the trends of Modular Innovation. Excitingly, DokDok has made available its Email API to enable all applications to leverage users’ emails as a data source. For more, visit http://dokdok.com/email-api .

We can all expect to see many more great things in the coming years from DokDok as they continue to expand to more platforms (hopefully, we will start seeing it, by default, built-in to more of our favorite apps) while enabling other products to leverage their experience through its awesome API’s.

Part 1: DokDok: Who’s there?
Part 2: More than Just Email Being Brought to the Future
Part 3: DokDok… It’s Advice!
Part 4: More Companies are Becoming Modular Innovation Enablers

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Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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?

01_remote

On Starting Up…

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

02_purple

On Design & Product Experience…

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

03_api

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