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Thoughts on Elevating Product Quality

After a decade of working at large companies with thousands of employees, one product designer shares his thoughts on elevating product quality as he joins a 10-person startup. This comprehensive guide explains what quality design is and why it's so hard to achieve. Ultimately, it's a way of working—not something you'll get to "later."

 Business 

Management Lessons From Elon's Twitter

People are torn about Elon's takeover of Twitter. He's viewed as either a callous leader going on a firing spree or a necessary purifying power that will make the platform successful. There's a standard playbook for transitions, and Elon sets it into motion at warp speed. This is why it's happening

The Hidden Beauty of Databases

We often depict databases as boring storage systems, but they are far more sophisticated than that. They are the backbone of the digital world and act almost like evolving digital creatures. If you're a non-technical person, this read will help you understand how they work and why they matter

 Product 

12 Ways to Utilize Other Departments in User Research

If you're a UX designer, it's worth thinking about how to lean on other teams and departments for customer data and insights. Find people who understand customer pain points and ask for their help identifying them. It's ultimately up to you to choose what you apply to your designs, but you might be surprised by the helpful information you find

Bugs vs. Product-Market Fit

In the earliest startup stages, it's common to get advice that you should ship as fast as possible and worry about cleaning up the product later. Here's the problem: founders need clarity to find product-market fit, and messy products obscure clarity. Here are some thoughts about shipping high-quality software as a startup

 Marketing & Sales 

A B2B Content Strategy for Leads and Sales

I've seen plenty of B2B companies execute ineffective content strategies for the two reasons outlined in this article. No matter how much effort you put into content marketing, if you aren't strategic about who you are trying to convert and what they care about, you won't get the results you're looking for.

The 12 Biggest Sales Pipeline Mistakes

Given how important a strong sales funnel is for startup growth, I was surprised to hear that 68% of companies don't identify or attempt to measure a sales funnel. This is a must-read if you want to set up your sales funnel more intentionally. it covers how to define your sales process, set up a system for prospecting, automate your follow-up process, and more. 

 Growth 
How Etsy Grows

Etsy is worth $12.7 billion, and the company's growth story is as unique as they come. This is an incredibly thorough and well-researched teardown of the mechanics and growth drivers behind the popular consumer marketplace. This read will make you think about marketplace businesses differently

Pinterest Has a Chance

Over the years, I've consistently felt that Pinterest should be one of the best businesses on the internet, but it hasn't quite figured out a compelling way to convert engagement into monetization. The stock price is down 8% since debuting on the public market three years ago. But Pinterest has shown signs of life recently. Here are some of the reasons why the platform may have a chance

 Management 
10 Habits for Making Hard But Important Decisions

Every leader is inevitably tasked with making tough decisions. If you want to make them more quickly and confidently, it's worth practicing any habits on this list that resonate with you. A few of my favorites: Make provisional decisions, evaluate whether the decision is high or low stakes, and be open to big long-term bets.

Will Twitter Succeed?

I came across this thread on Twitter about whether Elon Musk will ultimately help Twitter succeed. His take: It will be because social networks are surprisingly durable, and there's a known playbook for turning a dysfunctional company around. Do you agree? 

 Insight of the Week 
The Best Mental Shift

I saw this tweet from Jack Altman a few days ago and thought it was on the money. One of the best collective mental shifts we've started to make this year is shedding the illusion of get-rich-quick schemes and remembering that the only real path to wealth is hard work for a sustained period of time



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