Product Strategy for High Technology Companies

Michael E. McGrath - 1994
    More than 250 examples from technological leaders including IBM, Compaq, and Apple--plus a new focus on growth strategies and on Internet businesses--define how high-tech companies can use product strategy and product platform strategy for competitiveness, profitability, and growth in the Internet age.

Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

David G. Cohen - 2010
    cities. Once a year in each city, it funds about ten Internet startups with a small amount of capital and surrounds them with around fifty top Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Historically, about seventy-five percent of the companies that go through TechStars raise a meaningful amount of angel or venture capital. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup is a collection of advice that comes from individuals who have passed through, or are part of, this proven program. Each vignette is an exploration of information often heard during the TechStars program and provides practical insights into early stage entrepreneurship.Contains seven sections, each focusing on a major theme within the TechStars program, including idea and vision, fundraising, legal and structure, and work/life balance Created by two highly regarded experts in the world of early stage investing Essays in each section come from the experienced author team as well as TechStar mentors, entrepreneurs, and founders of companies While you'll ultimately have to make your own decisions about what's right for your business, Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup can get your entrepreneurial endeavor headed in the right direction.

Business Plans for Dummies

Paul Tiffany - 1997
    Yet, sometimes business owners go full speed ahead without even having a destination in mind, much less a map on how to get there. That's why so many businesses never make it. In today's competitive marketplace, 3/4 of all new businesses fail within two to three years. Whether you're launching a new business or working to strengthen or expand an established one, a business plan is your road map to success. Business Plans For Dummies, 2nd Edition helps you keep your businesses on track and reach your goals. Written by Paul Tiffany, PhD, professor at UC Berkley Haas Business School and the Wharton School of Business and Steven Peterson, PhD, Professor at UC Berkeley Haas Business School and CEO of Strategic Play, it helps youRealistically determine where your business is and where you want to go Create a detailed business plan and put it into action instead of in a drawer Use the plan to secure financing Prepare for opportunities avoid common pitfalls In short, Business Plans for Dummies helps you determine where you want your business to go and create a map for getting there. You'll discover how to:Identify and approach potential financial backers, including venture capital firms, angels, bankers, and others Clarify and crystallize your company's mission, vision, and values Analyze your industry and your competition Identify your customers, including their needs, habits, purchase triggers, and decision-making processes Objectively analyze your company's strengths and weaknesses Analyze your financial situation in order to do realistic forecasts and budgets Recognize trends and anticipate changes, both in the overall economy and in your industry Plan for growth, considering the product life cycle, new products, or new markets Structure your organization and nurture leadership Complete with diverse techniques and approaches plus a sample business plan, Business Plans For Dummies gives you detailed how-to for designing a dynamic, business plan that will keep you on course in spite of the inevitable curves and detours in today's marketplace. It's a plantastic resource for business owners and entrepreneurs.

Difference: The one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing

Bernadette Jiwa - 2014
    The Difference Map is now an essential component for anyone who is serious about doing work that matters, and Bernadette Jiwa is the bright new star to lead us there." —SETH GODIN MARKETING IS NOT A DEPARTMENT IT'S THE STORY OF HOW YOU CREATE DIFFERENCE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS. We spent $500 billion globally on advertising in 2013. Every year we're spending more money, to interrupt more people, more often, with messages they don't care about and don't pay attention to. We've come to believe that the way to succeed is to have an advantage—by being different or better, more visible, or just plain louder. What if, instead of finding ways to be one step ahead of your competition, you could build and market your business to give people a reason to choose you? What if you could completely reinvent a category or experience? What if you could stop trying to beat the competition, and become the competition? Difference lifts the lid on how brands like Airbnb, Uber and Apple have succeeded by creating difference and gives you a new one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing. It helps you to recognise opportunities that create value, to develop products and services that people want, and to matter to your customers. ADVANCE PRAISE FOR 'DIFFERENCE' An inspiring read and a truly powerful tool. Bernadette is a rare find - she doesn't just know what she's talking about, she's not afraid to stand for why it matters. What better way to describe the challenge we all face in trying to make real connections in today's world?" —JONATHAN RAYMOND EMYTH, CHIEF BRAND OFFICER "Have you wondered about that 'certain something' that makes an extraordinary business? Bernadette's stylish little book is that 'certain something' explained." —MARK SCHAEFER AUTHOR OF RETURN ON INFLUENCE Bernadette Jiwa is a hidden gem—'Difference' is a modern day anthology of how to distinguish and celebrate your uniqueness in the marketplace. Her imaginative one-page thinking tool will not only ignite your creativity; more importantly, it will uncover the soul of your business. —MOE ABDOU CEO, 33 VOICES Bernadette is the Banksy of the marketing world. —MERRYN PADGETT FOUNDER, EARTH & SEA CREATIVE

Intercom On Starting Up

Des TraynorMaggie Cohen - 2017
    No one wants to add to the scrap heap. But if you restrict yourself to only reading articles from people who have actually created a business, hit some revenue target, or broken out of the MVP-in-an-incubator stage, there’s very few books and blogs left. This is why we hope this book is relevant to you.It’s not packed with startup clichés, nor is it steeped in myths about how huge companies got their break. Yes, Airbnb sold cereal before they were a 31 billion dollar company, and Slack was one hell of a pivot, but those wells have been over-drilled for their useful lessons at this point. This book is our honest, opinionated take on what we’ve learned building Intercom over the past 6 years. You won’t like it all, you won’t agree with it all, but you’re not supposed to. Your mileage will vary.

The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today

Jeanne C. Meister - 2010
    Meister and Karie Willyerd, a must-read guide to the innovative strategies that the best companies are using to create a workplace that the best talent chooses—both today and in 2020. In The 2020 Workplace, Meister and Willyerd offer a battle plan to start winning tomorrow’s employees today.

Competing Against Time

George Stalk Jr. - 1990
    In fact, as a strategic weapon, contend George Stalk, Jr., and Thomas M. Hout, time is the equivalent of money, productivity, quality, even innovation. In this path-breaking book based upon ten years of research, the authors argue that the ways leading companies manage time— in production, in new product development, and in sales and distribution— represent the most powerful new sources of competitive advantage. With many detailed examples from companies that have put time-based strategies in place, such as Federal Express, Ford, Milliken, Honda, Deere, Toyota, Sun Microsystems, Wal-Mart, Citicorp, Harley-Davidson, and Mitsubishi, the authors describe exactly how reducing elapsed time can make the critical difference between success and failure. Give customers what they want when they want it, or the competition will. Time-based companies are offering greater varieties of products and services, at lower costs, and with quicker delivery times than their more pedestrian competitors. Moreover, the authors show that by refocusing their organizations on responsiveness, companies are discovering that long-held assumptions about the behavior of costs and customers are not true: Costs do not increase when lead times are reduced; they decline. Costs do not increase with greater investment in quality; they decrease. Costs do not go up when product variety is increased and response time is decreased; they go down. And contrary to a commonly held belief that customer demand would be only marginally improved by expanded product choice and better responsiveness, the authors show that the actual results have been an explosion in the demand for theproduct or service of a time-sensitive competitor, in most cases catapulting it into the most profitable segments of its markets. With persuasive evidence, Stalk and Hout document that time consumption, like cost, is quantifiable and therefore manageable. Today's new-generation companies recognize time as the fourth dimension of competitiveness and, as a result, operate with flexible manufacturing and rapid-response systems, and place extraordinary emphasis on R&; D and innovation. Factories are close to the customers they serve. Organizations are structured to produce fast responses rather than low costs and control. Companies concentrate on reducing if not eliminating delays and using their response advantage to attract the most profitable customers. Stalk and Hout conclude that virtually all businesses can use time as a competitive weapon. In industry after industry, they illustrate the processes involved in becoming a time-based competitor and the ways managers can open and sustain a significant advantage over the competition.

Your One Word

Evan Carmichael - 2016
    With thought-provoking questions and inspiring , instructive examples, Your One Word will help you nail down your personal mottos - the word that captures your purpose and passion. With this operating philosophy in hand, you will then learn how to leverage this powerful tool to create the business and future of your dreams.Aimed at entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs, managers, and anyone else who wants to achieve success in a powerfully meaningful way, Your One Word more than just a useful tool. It's also an inspiring and enlightening read.

Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons from a Long, Strange Trip

Barry Barnes - 2011
    But let's admit it, they were not exactly poster boys for corporate America. In Everything I Know About Business I Learned From the Grateful Dead, Deadhead and business scholar Barry Barnes proves that the Dead's influence on the business world will turn out to be a significant part of their legacy. Without intending to, the band pioneered ideas and practices that were subsequently embraced by American corporations. And in this book Barnes shares the ten most innovative business lessons from the Dead's illustrious career, including: Creating and delivering superior customer value Incorporating and establishing a board of directors early on Founding a merchandising division Giving away your product for free to increase demand Above all, Barnes explains how the Dead were masters of what he calls "strategic improvisation"-the ability to adapt to changing times and circumstances -- and that their success lay precisely in their commitment to constant change and relentless variation. For an extraordinary thirty years, the Dead improvised a business plan and realized their vision -- all while making huge profits. Everything I Know About Business I Learned From the Greatful Dead will show you how they did it -- and what your business can learn from their long, strange trip.

Seven Strategy Questions: A Simple Approach for Better Execution

Robert Simons - 2010
    This means channeling resources into the right efforts, striking a balance between innovation and control, and getting everyone pulling in the same direction.How to accomplish all this? Continually ask the right questions, advises Harvard Business School professor Robert Simons. By posing these provocative questions, you identify critical gaps in your strategy execution processes, focus on the most important choices you must make, and understand what's at stake in each one.In this concise guide, Simons presents the seven key questions you and your team must regularly explore together:·Who is your primary customer? Have you organized your company to deliver maximum value to that customer?·How do your core values prioritize shareholders, employees, and customers? Is everyone in your company committed to those values?·What critical performance variables are you tracking? How are you creating accountability for performance on those variables?·What strategic boundaries have you set? Does everyone know what actions are off-limits?·How are you generating creative tension? Is that tension catalyzing innovation across units?·How committed are your employees to helping each other? Are they sharing responsibility for your company’s success?·What strategic uncertainties keep you awake at night? How are you riveting everyone's attention on those uncertainties?These questions force you to reexamine the unspoken assumptions underlying your strategy and analyze how it's implemented through your business processes and structures. Simons' extensive examples then help you understand your options and make the tough choices needed for your company to excel at execution.Drawing on decades of research into performance management systems and organization design, Seven Strategy Questions is a no-nonsense, must-read resource for all leaders in your organization.

The 7 Day Startup: You Don't Learn Until You Launch

Dan Norris - 2014
     In The 7 Day Startup, Dan Norris, author and founder of, shows us exactly how he built a cashflowing small business startup from scratch in 7 days (and has since grown it to over $400,000 in annual recurring revenue in a few short years). What you'll learn in The 7 Day Startup - Why validation isn’t the answer - How to evaluate your small business startup idea - How to choose a business name, fast - How to build a website in 1 day for under $100 - 10 proven ways to market a business quickly And much, much more… Who this book is for - Small Business Founders - Entrepreneurs (and Wantrepreneurs) - Freelancers and Agencies - Bootstrappers Additional resources included in The 7 Day Startup to help you build your startup - Idea evaluation spreadsheet - Business name checklist - Growth tracking spreadsheet - Marketing idea checklist for your small business startup - List of over 100 startup and new business resources

Intercom on Product Management

Intercom Inc - 2015
     This book by the team at Intercom, a rapidly growing San Francisco software startup, is designed to help those working in the ever evolving field of product management Since Intercom began in 2011, its team has been writing about how it approaches the product challenges it faces. How do you decide what to build? How do you decide what not to build? What questions should you ask beta users? How do you manage feedback? Intercom on Product Management takes the best product posts from Intercom’s award winning blog, Inside Intercom, and collects them together in actionable lessons for product managers. It’s not the definitive book on product management, but we think it’s a damn good place to start. What you’ll learn: CHAPTER 1 Evaluating your product CHAPTER 2 The thing about new features CHAPTER 3 Which new features to build CHAPTER 4 Getting the feature used Intercom on Product Management was written by Des Traynor, co-founder of Intercom and edited by John Collins, managing editor of Intercom's blog. Des has written extensively on product management and strategy and is a regular speaker on the topic at conferences like Business of Software, Launch and Mind the Product. John has over 20 years journalism experience covering technology and business issues, most recently for The Irish Times. Intercom helps web and mobile businesses to see, engage, learn from, and support their customers in incredibly personal ways. More than 4,000 web and mobile businesses use Intercom to communicate with their customers. Praise for Intercom on Product Management "A valuable resource for anyone who wants to build products that customers will want to use time and time again." - Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. "Moves beyond the cliches and platitudes and provides astute, actionable advice on modern product management. I'd put it at the top of the reading list for anyone that has anything to do with building great products." - Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. "Really, really really good. Even better, easily accessible, so you can spend just a few minutes scanning through it and pick up something of value to use quickly." - John Koetsier, VP of Product at VentureBeat. "While books about design and programming abound, resources for the product manager are scant. Intercom has been filling that void with excellent blog posts and now a book of guidance, Intercom on Product Management." - Ryan Singer, Product Manager at Basecamp

The Circle of Innovation: You Can't Shrink Your Way to Greatness

Tom Peters - 1997
    More recently, through 400 seminars in 47 states and 22 countries, Peters reexamined, refined and reinvented his views on innovation--the #1 survival strategy, he asserts, for businesses of the next millennium.The Circle of Innovation brings these seminars--and Peters' contagious passion--to the reader in a landmark book. Through bold graphics, astounding facts and figures, and quotes whose sources range from Emile Zola to Steve Jobs, Peters blows the lid off accepted management styles. Here is a book that will open your eyes to new ways of envisioning the challenges of today's world. Here, too, is a practical guide that will teach you how to:- reverse the rising tide of product and service "commoditization" and foster uniqueness- capitalize on the skyrocketing purchasing power of women- convert sluggish staff into vital centers of intellectual capital accumulation- build systems of elegance and beauty- liberate your creativity and individual leadership styleWhether you manage a six-person department or a 60,000-body behemoth, The Circle of Innovation empowers you to transform your organization, your career, yourself. Inspiring, timely, this blueprint for success is pure Peters--a handbook as energetic as it is profound.

Smart Business: What Alibaba's Success Reveals about the Future of Strategy

Ming Zeng - 2018
    But they don't yet know what replaces it. As everyone and everything becomes more interconnected and digitized, how do you operate, compete, and win?Ming Zeng, the former Chief of Staff and strategy adviser to Alibaba Group's founder Jack Ma, explains how the latest technological developments, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, the mobile internet, and cloud computing are redefining how value is created. Written especially for those outside the technology industry or the startup arena, this book introduces a simple, overarching framework to guide strategy formulation and execution in this data-rich and highly interactive environment.Revealing the revolutionary practices that he and his team have developed at Alibaba, Zeng shows how to: Automate decisions through machine learning Create products informed by real-time data from customers Determine the right strategic positioning to maximize value from platforms and suppliers Repurpose your organization to further human insight and enable creativity Lead your company's transformation into a smart businessWith insights into the strategies and tools used by leaders at Alibaba and other companies such as Ruhan and Red Collar, in a variety of industries from furniture making to banking to custom tailoring, Smart Business outlines a radically new approach to strategy that can be applied everywhe

Digital to the Core: Remastering Leadership for Your Industry, Your Enterprise, and Yourself

Mark Raskino - 2015