TLDR Product Management 2024-05-24

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News & Trends

Navigating the valley of death: about deep tech product management (4 minute read)

Significant increases in VC and investments highlight the disruptive potential of deep tech industries that utilize advanced technologies such as AI and quantum computing. This surge presents unique challenges, as PMs must develop strategies without established markets or clear customer demands, often blending traditional and novel frameworks to manage long development cycles and predict future needs.

Windows returns (9 minute read)

Microsoft's Build developer conference highlighted how the company's investments in AI and hardware integration have revitalized Windows, making it a compelling product again under CEO Satya Nadella's leadership. This parallels Walmart's successful e-commerce strategy, showcasing the importance of allowing new initiatives to develop independently before integrating them with traditional business models.

Time sinks and money sinks (5 minute read)

This article explores how products on the Internet either consume time (engagement-driven, low revenue) or money (transactional, high revenue). It highlights how companies are merging these models to maximize user retention and monetization.
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Opinions & Tutorials

Learning from customers (10 minute read)

Our customers aren't designers, and it's not their job to provide perfect solutions. Product managers should identify deeper, often unspoken needs and craft solutions that address root causes, not just surface symptoms. By adopting customer-centric practices, you can uncover unique insights, validate your riskiest assumptions, and create experiences that both satisfy and delight customers.

Feature adoption: how to make your new one stick (14 minute read)

Strategies to encourage adoption of a new feature include developing with empathy, solving real problems, creating unique value, building on your core strengths, educating your users, measuring what matters, and avoiding letting sunk costs hold you back.

Should you charge different prices in each country? (8 minute read)

It's tempting to consider different pricing plans based on users' geographic locations to boost growth. While localizing prices can be effective, it significantly increases product and operational complexity, which can slow down your progress.
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Resources & Tools

Common and costly product messaging mistakesβ€”and how to avoid them (8 minute read)

Startups often make frequent errors in product messaging, highlighting the need for clear, transformation-focused messaging that aligns with customer needs and stands out in a crowded market. A structured approach using frameworks like the 3 Ps and the development of a unique selling proposition is important.

How to build work products to get jobs (15 minute read)

This article outlines three types of work products: 'Get an Interview,' 'In Process,' and 'Specific Interview'. It details how to tailor these to showcase unique insights and skills, which can significantly enhance a candidate's visibility and appeal to potential employers.
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Miscellaneous

Does AI have a gross margin problem? (4 minute read)

AI companies like OpenAI and Anthropic are experiencing unprecedented revenue growth, but they face significant challenges in achieving long-term profitability due to high operational costs, particularly data center expenses. While smaller, purpose-built AI models can achieve higher gross margins. The industry must innovate in AI optimization and manage relationships with cloud and chip suppliers to overcome gross margin constraints and achieve sustainable profitability.

Stop. Burnout within high performers (1 hour podcast)

The tech industry's focus on high performance and success often leads to burnout. Releasing suppressed emotions and desires is crucial for healing and discovering our true selves.
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Quick Links

How to be concise 101 (1 minute read)

To be concise, focus on presenting the important information upfront, clearly stating your purpose, minimizing unnecessary details, and allowing room for elaboration if needed, thereby appearing more competent, strategic, and organized.

User competency flywheel (3 minute read)

To deepen user adoption, focus on developing habitual recall, establishing foundational know-how, strengthening proficiency, exposing users to depth, and expanding usage scenarios.

Revenue vs. profit: What's the difference and why does it matter? (4 minute read)

Companies often prioritize expanding market share over immediate profit generation, making more strategic investments in growth phases.
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