The Value and Risk of Competitive Analysis

Competition

How important is the competition?

Are you in a competitive market, or bravely going where no startup has gone before?

If you are actually creating your own market, you may not have to pay as close attention to competition as the rest of us.  If you’re successful–and I’m positive you plan to be–you’ll have competition soon.  Get ahead of the game and consider a framework for analyzing your competition.

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Growth Hacking is Just Advanced Product Management

Growth Hackers Conference

“Growth Hacking” is just advanced Product Management

The phrase “growth hacking” is getting a lot of press in the startup community, including this recent post “What is Growth Hacking really?” by Josh Elman.  The more I study the meaning of the term, the more convinced I am that growth hacking is a new role for what product management should already be doing.  Product management has become a misunderstood role in many startups, where it is often miscast as a cross between a manager of the software development team and a traditional requirements analyst.  If product management were achieving its own objectives, the “growth hacking” would already be happening.

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