‘Built To Last’ by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Built To Last. Some excerpts: “We suggest that the continual stream of great products and services from highly visionary companies stems from them being outstanding organizations, not the other way around. Keep in mind that all products, services, and great ideas, no matter how visionary, eventually become obsolete. But…

‘The Age Of The Platform’ by Phil Simon

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Age Of The Platform. How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. Some excerpts: Definition of a Platform: “An extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that quickly and easily scales, morphes, and incorporates new features (called planks in this book), users, customers, vendors, and partners… Today, the most vibrant…

betaworks 2012 Shareholder Letter from CEO John Borthwick

I came across a tweet the other day linking to the betaworks 2012 shareholder letter from their CEO, John Borthwick. I had never heard of betaworks (who calls themselves a “company that builds companies”) and didn’t know that I was about to spend 30 minutes reading a never ending, but incredibly articulate and exciting reflection…

Product Development at Spotify

I love reading about how @Spotify builds products. Check out a few of the links below: How Spotify Builds Products Scaling Agile at Spotify Spotify architecture Predicting Response Types for Spotify Backend

‘The Social Entrepreneur’ By Andrew Mawson

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Social Entrepreneur. Some favorites: “The contrast between that kind of experience of life – which, believe me, can feel frustrating and active discouraging – and someone simply saying, “sure, go ahead, when can you start and how can we help’, without forms or systems or anything else, just…

‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Steve Jobs. This is in my top 3. Some favorites: “The main thing in our design is that we have to make things intuitively obvious,” “On many of his major projects, such as the first Toy Story and the Apple store, Jobs pressed “pause” as they neared completion and…

‘Shipping Greatness’ by Chris Vander Mey

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Shipping Greatness. Some favorites: “If you’ve uncovered a big problem that many users share, you’ve completed the most important step of your product definition process.” “Remember that the time to maintain your cool is when others are losing theirs!” “About 90% of the time, the root cause for your…

FORTUNE – The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time’ by Verne Harnish & the Editors of Fortune

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading FORTUNE – The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time. My 5 favorites: Henry Ford doubling workers wages Nordstrom’s extreme customer services Boeing betting on the 707 Johnson & Johnson saving Tylenol Softsoap boxing out competitors

‘The Pirate’s Dilemma’ by Matt Mason

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Pirate’s Dilemma by Matt Mason. A few of my favorites: “Western culture got homogenized and corporatized to an extent where it was inevitable that would come to existence a stratum under the radar, where people who saw the stupidity and boredom of the mass culture started…

Phil Libin Keynote – Focus on Product & Design

Great Keynote presentation by Evernote’s CEO, Phil Libin touching on why he believes today is the best time to start a company (if you’re starting one for the right reasons). Reasons being… App stores  Open source infrastructure Freemium economics Social media He says to “focus on design and build the best product.” This wouldn’t have…

Gamification as a Staple in Health

I’ve read Vinod Khosla’s guest post (“The ‘Unhyped’ New Areas in Internet & Mobile”) on Techcrunch yesterday several times now. We should feel pretty fortunate to be able to obtain this type of information for free. Of the 12 opportunity areas that he details, Health 2.0 excites me the most (for now). I’d love to take…

Jawbone UP Review

The lack of Jawbone UP reviews has inspired me to write my own. I’m hoping other early adopters will find this and share their thoughts. The inability to find many reviews also shows that either the product isn’t considered to be as “cool” amongst the tech world as I had anticipated, that people are skeptical…

Early Career Lessons Learned – Product Management

With my 24th birthday approaching and a recent promotion on my resume, I’ve decided it’s time to share my early career learning’s with the world. Many people say that 24 isn’t old, but I disagree. It’s about five years older than when I started working and four years older than Mark Zuckerberg when he co-founded…

Rockstar Product Managers

I came across an excellent interview between Paul Young and Allison Tatterson. I’d highly suggest reading the full post. I found his chart of traits and skills that great product managers embody to be particularly helpful and accurate. It has helped me realize that I’m on the right track but am far from being a…

Good Product Manager, Bad Product Manager

Once again, thank you Quora!  Someone answered the question, “What are the qualities of a good product manager?” with a link to download what could be called the holy manuscript of product management. It was written by Ben Horowitz, of the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and David Weiden, a partner at Khosla Ventures. The full…

Opportunity – Real Estate

I’m knee-deep in the home buying process, which has been rather stressful for me (and I rarely get stressed).  I think it has been rough because I’ve never been through this process before, and the decisions made will impact me for the rest of my life in a way that no other choice to date…

Shattered iPhone 4 Aftermath…

I thought I’d share the attention jaredfranklin.com received following the blog post with photos of the first shattered iPhone 4. Stats from 6/24-6/25 3,500+ Visits from 76 countries/territories including Isle of Man, which I’ve never heard of 4,300+ Page Views ~30% of Visits from Firefox on Windows Top Traffic Sources Gizmodo.com (740 Visits) – First…