A product is something you build with a user in mind. Users are the difference between a working software and a product. Therefore, all products are measured by how well they serve some group of people, and how many people use them. There are, of course, products that may not do a great job of serving their target user and are still heavily used by large numbers of people, because the users have no other options. To me, the education system is a good example of that.
We attend school from the time we are 5 or 6 until we’re…
I came across a retrospective post that I wrote last year and it reminded me it’s a good time to write a 2-year review post about my growth and learning as Product Manager. I even picked a cover photo of me working with our CEO on a product that I manage, that responds to that title.
But as I started writing this post tonight, I realised I’m having a strong tendency to share more about my education instead, since tech careers are pretty much still a black box to a lot of people (including Computer Science and IT communities) and…
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the need for re-education: a way for people to stay useful in the economy throughout the years and decades. I’ve liked the Mindvalley University idea (going back to university one month a year, every year) and I wish there was more of it, more inclusively available in the world.
Especially for the people who are older, or somehow underprivileged, or just not as conscious and aware of personal growth.
Over the past 5 years I’ve had 2 family members who reached a point in their life where they felt they’re not useful (one…
Instead of being mad at the messed up things in the world, we should look at the man-made systems that led to these broken things, and choose if we wanna: 1. fix those systems, or 2. adopt non-man-made systems.
Option 1 and the likes of it (creating or choosing better different man-made systems) isn’t feasible, according to Marvin Minsky. He said quite certainly that we’re not smart enough to do fix our economy, education, governance, healthcare, terrorism issues, culture, and etc. and we won’t be, ever, because they’re too complex.
Regarding non-man-made systems I have a whole long text here…
An activist is a person who is happy being unhappy about some broken thing in the world.
The unhappiness that it takes to actually make a change (in almost anything) is often way greater than the unhappiness of just living with it.
Whereas a change-maker is a person who has a clear vision of the post-change happiness, and is willing to push through the initial activation unhappiness (activation energy + that initial unhappiness) to get there.
Activists are known for their unhappiness, change-makers are known for their intelligence and grit.
Should you be an activist or a change-maker? Well, depends how strongly you feel about these real world problems. If you’re an elite, you owe it to the world to become a change-maker.
I’m very amused and stunned by Marc Andreessen’s “It’s time to build” article/podcast.
It’s basically an 180 degree shift in his worldviews from the time he debated Peter Thiel and called out Thiel for being too pessimistic about the state of innovation in the world. No problem with that, people can change their minds.
But the thing I found quite disturbing about his current thought process is that (now that he’s convinced the Western world is indeed stagnating) he attributes that to “a lack of desire and will”.
I totally disagree with him. I think the problem is the…
It’s been a long time since I wrote a personal post. The last time I did dates back to probably 2015, my very first post on Medium.
Most other things that I’ve shared online have focused on my ideas rather than my character and emotions and self. Even on my Facebook and Instagram and Twitter I’m more of an education idealist and intellectual rather than my personal self. Probably because my personal self is an introvert, while my extroverted half preaches idealism and pursuit of scalable positive change in the world.
For as long as I remember, I’ve had these…
In a healthy organisation, you should be able to trace an individual’s success/failure back to a team goal. After all, each person operates within the context and goals of their team, and not some totally random and unrelated area.
Which means you should probably also be able to trace the team goals and context back to the organisation’s goals and vision and mission, because no team should be working outside of the that broader organisational context.
This means every time an individual succeeds or fails, it's a team success/failure, and an organisation success/failure.
Organisations that fail to create this shared…
When you decide to write an article like this, the first existential crisis that you face is “Which term should I explain to the reader first? Bus Factor? or Product Management?”. In this case, since most people have seen a bus before, then I’m gonna start with defining product management:
My job as a product manager is to achieve or ensure product/market fit for one or more technology products that I manage. In other words, building things that people will use that will make them better, and building them collaboratively.
Product/market fit depends on many things, from when we build…
Last year I joined Mindvalley as a Product Manager of Learning Experience as the company was taking on a journey to become product-centric and scale. It’s a career choice that allowed me to stay in tech while pursuing my passion for a better education, even if it meant I’d switch from B2B product management to B2C, one year after starting my career in product management.
In this post, I wanna document how I’ve approached my first 90 days of that transition and what I’m learning to learn.
Prior to joining Mindvalley, I’d worked for a year at Supahands, a B2B…
26— Founder in Residence at Entrepreneur First. Education idealist