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you come to really value experience when it becomes much more clear which advice to ignore. there are advantages to not knowing too much, but the “wisdom” of others is far more likely to poison the well of decision making when we are too permeable to others’ lessons learned.
when dad said he was going to retire from being a surgeon and spend 5 years writing “a medical science thriller” he meant it. “Doctor Assassin” comes out this week, and I got an advance copy for today’s plane read.👍🏻 And yes, there’s a skier on the…wJN
today’s product check-in/pitch block (a sunday routine) was w/ folks in munich, paris, denver, and nyc. building in tech is truly (finally!) global these days, and teams start and grow with fewer boundaries than ever before. feels really refreshing. 🌎
observed: good product leaders have a specific style that works for them, but the very best are surprisingly malleable, can span different styles, team sizes, and the messy middle of a project. such leaders are the ones that scale products - and teams - to new heights.
true story: when explaining to @kenanthompson the annual “Adobe Sneaks” tradition where we show off/sneak some cool stuff from the labs, he thought at first we were launching SneakERS. so, team ran with it… 👟 (ps: join us for it, should be fun w/ Kenan hosting)…R
the more obstacles, the more rewarding. so long as you like obstacles, and miss the challenge once it is overcome. 🤪
urban commerce is limited by expensive/inflexible commercial real-estate for things we want local and affordable. quick shout-out to @VinayMenda & @1_55_AM who just closed round for Blank Street’s, "hyperlocal neighborhood commerce" starting w/ coffee:…
The idea of "giving back brand premium to customers" got me excited ~3 years ago when @jjeremycai was raising seed for @italic. They source from the same factories as top brands, and are building a new e-commerce category in the process. congrats on continued 🚀!…r
Thinking about Picasso's “All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up," and wondering if web3's embrace of pseudonyms / multiple identities could unleash life-long creativity? After all, it is often the risks of identity that hold people back.
Going forward, Creative Cloud will be as much about collaboration as it is about creativity. We aspire to help people create together across tools within and beyond Adobe, and leads the charge with video. Creativity has no bounds...…
Behind the scenes prepping for some 🔥 product releases. Quite the crew here making it happen and VERY meta to be on set watching@Frame_ioo@AdobeVideoo@Substance3DD and other products work together to tell the story. Join us for the momentmax.adobe.comy on 10/26.z
"power laws work for VCs, but founders SHOULD NOT think like VCs." Given the sensation of headlines, this is an important point to consider. ...some good analysis from @micahjay1 + @fcollective team.…
observed: given the cost of time and churn, meetings hurt if they don’t help, their is no neutral
combine @Lightroom with the latest crop of high-end phones, and you get some superpowers… ✨…
I feel nothing but empathy for teams suffering an outage, been there 😬, and it happens to every service more than we’d like to admit. but leave it to memes to add a bit of levity……3
Last month, I attended my first IRL COVID-era conference. Rather than feeling energized (as I’d thought I would), I felt out of place, alone & stuck. Heading home, @scottbelsky's book caught my eye. While my head hadn’t admitted it, my gut knew: I was in the messy middle. 🧵:D
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this principle applies: nothing new here re: our collecting tendencies and obsessions, but now it’s 100x more scalable and efficient (and liquid)…
one argument that NFTs (despite inevitable cycle) are in early days: humans have always been collectors, it’s just never been this easy to both collect and share collections - and have your collection serve as a persistent cultural flex and connection in so many places at once.
there will be new products. there will be surprises. hope you join us... oct 26-28 on a screen near you.…
IF the ruling metaverses of the future are decentralized so the value is distributed to its participants... And IF a metaverse ultimately thrives based on the creativity of its experiences... THEN the "real estate titans" of the future who benefit most will be the Artists.
smart. every product should have a “start-up special” - you get a cohort of willing and forgiving growth oriented customers engaging with your product while building for the future. their reliance on your product is the ultimate signal. and yes, they may become big customers……
brilliant. and artist even gets a stipend to "update" the work in the future.…
“To create for the future, mine the parts of the past that we long for.”…
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two 👌 recent IPOs -@confluentincc@Amplitude_HQQ - share a common early investor/BOD member in@ericvishriaa. eric would say it's all the founders+teams. but having watched up close (his days interviewing vp sales for cos, endless counsel), inspiring to see arc of great investors.
great to see @ghoshal and team back at it, this time creating a new interface of sorts for discovering and collecting the things we may want to buy with ridiculously little friction... been playing w/ @addtocarrot and it's 👌…x
damn impressive to watch @AntonioMJuliano & @dydxprotocol build such a dream (and still remarkably small) team. behind the scenes, they’ve been more precise with hiring (and closing!) key hires than any other team i’ve ever supported. reminder: it all comes down to people……
you know you’re on the cusp of transformative technology when very smart groups of people disagree. iterative evolution is obvious, but major leaps that kick-off a new era seem impossible-borderline-silly at first…and are naturally threatening to incumbents. exiting times.
so now the instant digital Kindle version is MORE expensive than paperback….and hardcover!? I know amazon has all sorts of algos at play, but deeply curious what’s going on under the hood here?
managed to link bonsai pruning, easter eggs, polishing stones, and the matrix to central tenets of product building in this latest post. 🌳🥚…Q13n
New ~Infrequent Newsletter just dropped —> Covering insights for product builders, a few rapid fire ideas, and some opportunities w/ teams i support: (Hat-tips to @willahmed @oberhaeuserinfo @roboflow @adobemax )
What other essential realizations cause product leaders to see every challenge and opportunity differently? (Full list (and growing) below) 😎…V
That the best new products ultimately take us back to the way things once were, but w/ more scale and efficiency. They provide a sensation from the past for the modern world (cities, travel, remote working..) To create for the future, mine the parts of the past that we long for.
That the most powerful (& affordable) driver of product growth is surprise, delight, and intrigue. People don’t rave about a product doing what they expected, they rave about it doing something they didn’t expect. (think Tesla’s games, easter eggs in games…). Prioritize this!
That the best way to review a product experience is to ask 3 questions on EVERY screen: “how did I get here?” “what do I do now?” “where do I go next?” — these questions will reveal flaws in object model, UX, onboarding, and orientation.
That perceived performance matters more than actual performance (perception is reality when it comes to UX!), and can be achieved as much by designers than engineers. 👀
That raising the bar of what your team ships is f*cking hard. It requires culture change, cycles of missed deadlines (which frustrate customers), and career risk to set a NEW BIT for everyone. “Good enough” is extremely seductive for any business that seeks to run effectively.
That consumer (and prosumer) products ultimately succeed because of how people feel about themselves using them. Ego analytics, surprise+delight, and hooks to appeal to our laziness, vanity, and selfishness in first mile of product experience are the biggest secret in product.
That a prototype is worth a hundred meetings, and almost all product meetings that aren’t grounded with a prototype are a waste of time (or worse). A prototype immediately surfaces gaps in logic or business concerns. It is the fastest way to drive alignment.
That you should never outsource your story (PR, and the relationships with journalists that help you stand out and last your career) or any core component of your competitive advantage (design if you're winning on UX, tech if you're winning with the core tech, etc).
That you should only do half of what you want (only half the options/tabs, half the offerings, and half the target audience) to compound your chances of true PMF. The builders i admire most are like Bonsai masters, they prune the most beautiful branches to strengthen the trunk.
You know that iconic scene, at the end of The Matrix when Neo suddenly “gets it” and picks bullets out of thin air as if they are cute and curious little things? Been thinking: what’s the equivalent of “seeing the matrix” for product leaders? 10+ Realizations that come to mind:
This is a fun one, and I should add (all bias aside) Fresco is the most "guilt free screen time" i've found w/ our kids - as they draw with oils, watercolors, and now using these awesome @RealQaiQai coloring book pages.……
putting kids to bed should count as an exercise activity on apple watch. more exhausting than most workouts
corner of 125th and Riverside, NYC 🔥@brisseauxx@Behancee3
finding: you judge less as you see more
There is a ton going on in LatAm tech scene right now, and @JulioV and @hbarra & team outline the highlights quite well here… 💥…H
"Finally the creator is empowered to be their own business as opposed to always work for someone else ... Creativity is the new productivity." - Scott Belsky, @Adobe Watch @scottbelsky & @kevinzhangvc on how #creators are revolutionizing education:…
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most underestimated skills of product leaders: 1) writing/storytelling (for teams, investors, and sales), 2) psychology (humanizing product) 3) rapid prototyping (to align ppl via show vs. tell) 4) debate skills (to advocate for something unpopular/non-obvious) …what else?
I've never felt more seen than by this chapter in this incredible book. Highly recommend, thanks @scottbelsky
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Another example why every single company should be using @tryramp and @BankMercury. Nothing else even comes close for expenses & banking for business. It's the essential stack.…
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