What are the elements of a successful product? It’s never one thing but in addition to building an awesome product, it’s also about external factors (like market maturity, demand, etc) and of course marketing. It’s never just “build it, and they will come” but about achieving the right fit between all three. Skeptical? Over 450,000 […]
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With today’s news that Facebook has acquired group messaging app WhatsApp for over $16 billion one of the quietest companies in Silicon Valley has proven the value of extreme product focus, and upset a few cardinal rules along the way.
Imagine you’re building a new product – say a Death Star. And it’s solving a particularly pesky problem – getting rid of Rebel Scum. You don’t really care what it looks like or if it’s particularly efficiently designed – so it tends to be seen as an engineering problem. But in the rush to market […]
There’s a common misconception out there that user centered design means being led by the user. The clearest example is the oft-repeated fallacy that Apple isn’t a user centered organization because they never ask users what they want. In some instances, being user centered means ignoring or even going against explicit user wishes in order […]
It’s easy to joke about the retro-futurism of the 1950′s with its kitsch views and inaccurate predictions, but we all still love it. We’re all excited about technology and digital product design, but what does it hold for our future? What are the opportunities and challenges ahead of us?
Is your product disruptive or sustaining? There’s nothing wrong with being sustaining by the way – a disruptive company that is successful quickly becomes a sustaining company. The important thing is to understand where on this spectrum you lie because both need to think differently when it comes to everything from marketing to how to […]
A recently published study heralding the death of Facebook among teens has been widely covered over the past few weeks. While the scholarly merits of the original release are questionable at best, this is a recurring theme that the press loves and brings up time and time again. But is it missing the point? It’s […]
Innovation is critical to the success of any product or business, but today it’s so simple to test and measure iterative innovation that we forget that there is a whole other class of innovation – the long shot. You just can’t get to these innovations through a process of marginal gains which makes them much […]
Addiction or devotion? The complexity of our relationships between connected experiences, devices and people is increasing. In her talk at Mind the Product 2013, design ethnographer Kelly Goto presents underlying emotional indicators that reveal surprising attachments to brands, products, services and devices. She argues that we must move past addiction and into meaning — using […]
There have only been 10 startups that have exited for over a billion dollars in the last 5 years, but at Mind the Product 2013, George Berkowski showed that there’s still huge opportunity out there. There are still 6 feature phones for every smart phone in the market and as prices come down that means […]