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"PayPal’s purpose in writing this paper is to contribute to making the regulatory process more efficient."
I’ve been back at PayPal for a couple of weeks after spending 2 years elsewhere. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to feel the way I do about the company and it’s future but I’m stoked to admit that I think PayPal is becoming really cool again. I think my optimism is driven by more than just the joy you get as a PM to work on something that millions of people actually use every month (especially after working hard for 2 years on something that millions don’t use and isn’t nearly as useful). PayPal may have taken 5-10 years off but I’m super optimistic about the future. They still have many challenges to overcome but they’re making great strides in the culture and tooling area which should help enable talent to thrive eventually. I love the increased focus on the customer experience which goes far deeper than the visual design of the homepage.
I asked my fiancee how she feels about PayPal today and she mumbled, “it’s cool.” I then told her she should download the app if she truly feels that way. The metric I’ll use to judge PayPal’s ‘coolness’ level is ‘share of day’. How many times a day do I hear “PayPal” from non-work friends and family? How many bars or restaurants do I see offering it while out in Baltimore every night? How many convenience stores can I go to without my wallet for a Gatorade while walking home from the gym? What share of daily purchases will Bill Me Later capture versus my physical credit cards?
I believe I’ll be able to look back in 2 years and say, “I knew share of day would increase. It wasn’t easy and we still have a long way to go, but at least it’s relevant, available, simple, beautiful, and cool again.”
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I’ve read some good books in the past 6 months:
- SQL Queries for Mere Mortals
- Predictive Analytics
- Introduction to Online Payments Risk Management
- American Sniper
- The Art of Scalability
- Business Model Generation
- The New Digital Age
- The Connected Company
- Business Brilliant
- Managing Product Management
- Lean UX
- The Checklist Manifesto
- Lean Analytics
- Built to Last
- The Age of the Platform
An extremely detailed, methodical walkthrough for entrepreneurs on how to build a financial model for an e-commerce startup to forecasts revenue & expenses
Interesting point: Games have a product manager (short term strategy and execution, working with game designers and watching retention) and a business manager who complements them by watching after the commercial side of the business (pricing, forecasting, KPI monitoring and ROI analysis of features). Teams also have a data scientist that both tap into.