4 Questions Entrepreneurs Ask Before Starting a Business

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Asking questions is a sign of a curious mind. Every entrepreneur worth his salt asks many questions before starting out, and keeps asking questions throughout his journey. The toughest questions are the ones you ask yourself, so keep asking and listen carefully to your own answers.    Read more…

How the Best Product Managers Discover $1B Ideas

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Big ideas are beautiful when you discover them. The process of finding new ideas and significant new product enhancement concepts is invigorating for product managers. But noise from paying customers clamoring for what they want can distract PMs from building what matters most.
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The Best Leaders Are Not “Born Leaders”

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I have been a team captain for as long as I can remember. It started in my youth in athletics, carried over to student government, and continued on as I started working. I am grateful for these opportunities. But I know now that there is a big difference between being a captain and a leader.
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Just Launched! — Create Custom Views of Your Product Strategy

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Every business has a purpose. Each is created with some intent — to offer a product or service that customers find useful. And the more clear its purpose is, the better chance it has of achieving it. No business exists simply to exist. Because time is limited and valuable.
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The Product Manager vs. Project Manager

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It was a big day. I was presenting a new product idea to the executive team. After speaking with dozens of customers, the product team knew that we had touched a nerve. This idea would be an excellent way to increase our market share against our competition.
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Perfecting a Smooth Scrolling Experience for Large Tables

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Depending on who you ask, the <table> is a quintessential cornerstone of web development old and new; an outmoded curiosity from a time where CSS lacked floating elements; or somewhere in between. But even the biggest critics of the <table> must admit that it is excellent at one task: laying out and automatically resizing to accommodate data of varying width and height.
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The One Sign Your Startup Will Make You Rich

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Who is going to be the next unicorn? Everyone always want to know. You hear news stories about them all the time — these mythical companies that seem to appear from nowhere, bolstered by massive funding rounds and billion-dollar valuations.
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What Type of Product Manager Are You?

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Many people talk about the product manager role as if all product managers were created equal. This affects how they hire a new product manager or look for a new PM job themselves. But there are many kinds of product managers and a broad range of industries and companies that PMs now find themselves in.
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Just Launched! — Create Beautiful Timelines to Share with the Team

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We recently said goodbye to painful spreadsheets and hello to Aha! Reports for everything product management. It is clear from talking with many of you that Aha! Reports are a huge hit. But some of you told us that you also want ability to visualize your time-based data in an equally custom and beautiful way.
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5 Ways Great Leaders Avoid Abusing Their Power

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Power can be a dangerous friend. It’s when we have control — control over others and what they do. Most of us want it, work hard to achieve it, and feel joy when we have it. But many of us also squander it, or worse, hurt others with it.  Read more…

3 Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

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I have worked with some of Silicon Valley’s best entrepreneurs and unfortunately some dismal ones too. Because we are all part of the Software Revolution, the Valley attracts the world’s most ambitious and gives everyone a chance to build something great. So what determines if you will build what matters or simply die trying?
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The Day I Became an Average Product Manager

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A Sales VP approached me about a new potential deal with our first national customer. If we could deliver one new feature by the end of the week, he was “90% confident” that he could make the deal happen.
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How Engineers Want to Work with Product Managers

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Engineers want to build the product. They do not want to manage it. So, you can see why a good product manager is an engineer’s dream come true. They empower the engineers on their team to build things that matter by setting clear and comprehensive goals, strategy, and initiatives. Then, great PMs prioritize potential features by how well they help their company achieve its goals.
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My Name is Matt Case – This is Why I Joined Aha!

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I have spent 20 years in the software industry and 15 as a product manager — so I have experienced a lot of awesome change. I have worked for companies with less than 15 employees and more than 1500. I have been part of an IPO and acquisitions, managed product portfolios, worked with Waterfall and Agile methodologies, and delivered on-premise and SaaS products.
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Just Launched! — Single Sign-On (SSO) Now Available for Idea Portals

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Every organization wants better ideas. And they want an easy way to prioritize which ones will have the biggest impact. But there is a problem — right now product ideas are trapped in your colleague’s email inboxes and notebooks. It’s tough to effectively capture game-changing ideas when they are scattered everywhere.
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