How to build a great product (without losing your mind)
Hiten Shah's had the biggest influence on my approach to building products. I've known him for 9 years, and I can speak to his thoughtfulness and rigor. I appreciate that most of his posts are tactical. This should be required reading for anybody building a product:
- "Everyone Forgets Technical Research"
- "Nightmares with Engineering Estimates"
- "Overcome the guesswork of product development with hourly engineering estimates"
"Growth" is interesting because it touches all aspects of the business and product.
Here's a fantastic series of articles on it by Brian Balfour (ex-VP of Growth @ Hubspot). Brian captures my own philosophy and his blog is a source of inspiration for growth experiments & organizational process:
- "Product-Market fit isn't enough"
- "It's Market-Product fit, not the other way around"
- "Products are built to fit channels, not the other way around"
- "Channel-Model fit"
- "Model-Market fit"
I'm not a heavy podcast-er, but here are a few I follow:
- "Making Sense" with Sam Harris
- "Business Wars" - The backstory of competing businesses: Netflix vs Blockbuster, Nintendo vs Playstation, and many more
- "How I built This" with Guy Raz
- "The Joe Rogan Experience"
- "Masters of Scale" with Reid Hoffman
- "Song Exploder" – podcast where musicians take apart their songs