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2020… Corona Crash or Everything Bubble Pop?

I created this series to serve as a living artifact. This is the 1st post in the series. I’m striving to capture major current events and financial market action from the lens of a retail investor in the US. It’s essential to understand how one feels and behaves during times of economic uncertainty and market…

June 2020 Health Review

This is the 6th post of my monthly series focused on monitoring what I’ve identified as being critical components to a healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t read the 1st post yet, check it out to understand why I’m doing this. How’d I do? This is my 4th health post since we’ve been quarantined. While life…

Product Strategy Example: The Corporate Card

Disclaimer: I’m hoping my Twitter friends like Charley Ma take it easy on me when they see this. This is just meant to serve as an illustrative example– more Product Management than “Fintech.” I’ve never worked on corporate cards so all of my output is based on a weekend of light research. In no way…

5x there, 10x to go

I’m someone who enjoys reading new-year predictions. Some industry-specific examples include: Tech in 2020: Standing on the shoulders of giants from Benedict Evans, What Will Happen in the 2020s from Fred Wilson, 2017 Predictions by Howard Lindzon, Fintech Prediction Palooza from Howard Lindzon, US Fintech Predictions from Charlie Ma, and Fintech in 2020 from Alex…

May 2020 Health Review

This is the 5th post of my monthly series focused on monitoring what I’ve identified as being critical components to a healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t read the 1st post yet, check it out to understand why I’m doing this. How’d I do? This is my 3rd health post since we’ve been quarantined. While life…

$FB Edition of Letting Winners Run

$FB hit an all-time high today. I’m writing this post to help remind myself to let winners run. As I wrote in $PTON Edition of Bottom Catching, “It’s a crazy time. We’re amid a pandemic, yet we’re unsure if we’re in a bear or bull market. I keep a daily log of the madness in…

$PTON Edition of Bottom Catching

A bunch of stocks on my watch list hit all-time highs this week. Markets are rallying. Many stocks are raging. And many others are filing for bankruptcy. It’s a crazy time. We’re amid a pandemic, yet we’re unsure if we’re in a bear or bull market. I keep a daily log of the madness in…

April 2020 Health Review

This is the 4th post of my monthly series focused on monitoring what I’ve identified as being critical components to a healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t read the 1st post yet, check it out to understand why I’m doing this. How’d I do? This is my 2nd health post since we’ve been quarantined. While life…

March 2020 Health Review

This is the 3rd post of my monthly series focused on monitoring what I’ve identified as being the critical components to a healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t read the 1st post yet, then check it out to understand why I’m doing this. How’d I do? Holy shit. Life is different today on April 1 than…

Feb 2020 Health Review

This is the 2nd post of my monthly series focused on monitoring what I’ve identified as being the key components to a healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t read the 1st post yet, then check it out to understand why I decided to do this. How’d I do? Activity Kcal & Workout Duration I’m very happy…

What eBay, Napster, and Banks have in common

Me. And sorry– that was the most clickbaity title I’ve ever published. I published a post last month about the acqui-hire experience, and as we approached the new year, I wrote a post reflecting on changes that took place in my life in 2019. I often wonder where the line between reflection and ‘too much’…

Jan 2020 Health Review

Click here for other posts in my monthly series about my fitness and sleep. What’s this about? This is the first in a series of blog posts I intend to publish monthly about my health and fitness. This is in no way meant to serve as a how-to guide or as medical advice. I’m just…

Finding your mojo post Acqui-hire

Not enough is shared about acquihires by the startup community. I know because I’ve searched, having gone (going?) through one myself. I get it. You are most emotional and want to write about it when it’s fresh. But you remain tight-lipped for a slew of reasons (you’re unsure what’s allowed to be said, uncertain if…

2019

When I look back on 2019, it’ll be categorized as a year of change. The most notable changes include: Blispay was acquired We moved from Baltimore to South Florida If you’re inexperienced in the startup world, then you likely read those two bullets and thought to yourself, ‘Dang, this guy got rich & ran off…

A Product Manager’s best friend: DevOps

As a young product manager without an engineering background (like myself), you’ve undoubtedly heard of the word “DevOps.” You also think it’s completely different from product management. However, I think DevOps and Product Management have more commonalities than product management has with most other areas of the company. About DevOps I’ll share GitLabs definition because there’s no…

A Product Manager’s best friend: Legal & Compliance

“Legal and Compliance.” “Legal.” “Compliance.” “Compliance and Legal.” “Law.” “Lawyer.” “Counsel.” “Compliant.” If you’re young and new to product management, then those people, teams, and words are probably pretty scary to hear. “Who are they?” “Why do I need to meet with them?” “What are they going to be wearing when we meet?” “How many…

A Product Manager’s best friend: Blogs & Twitter

So while I think there’s a lack of practical, straightforward advice for young product managers who aren’t working somewhere with a strong product program, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great resources out there. You’re going to need to do a lot of reading. You’ll find yourself going back and re-reading the same posts for years….

A Product Manager’s best friend: Customer Feedback

End user feedback is extremely valuable. It’s highly likely that you could and should create open lines of communication between yourself and end-users. This is true in the majority of environments you’ll find yourself in as a new product manager. I say ‘create’ because you’ll quickly find that it takes a lot of effort and planning actually…