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How to build an effective user onboarding flow into your product.

User retention happens via activation and onboarding, not notification spam or addition of new features that eventually leads to feature fatigue. How do you introduce your product to a new user for the first time? You use onboarding. Fairly self-explanatory, really.

But there is more to onboarding than just an introduction. If you are meeting a new person for the first, it’s okay to just stop at the “hi’s and hello’s” or even what they do for a living. But with digital product, it’s different. …


A sequel to Paul Graham’s Cities and Ambition.

Picture from Andreas Weiland

If you are a fan of Paul Graham’s occasional memos then you may have come across this wonderful piece of writing that pokes into the aspiration of American societies and what people seek in between making a meaning out of a place and searching for the perfect life for themselves.

Indeed, a place speaks a lot about the people from that City, challenges that propel their lives, hopes, and aspirations that tells them that tomorrow will be great. Paul Graham goes on to say that “great cities attract ambitious people”. A case of, great people attract great people.

This practically…


A detailed guide to becoming a technical product manager with links to relevant resources and courses.

Picture from Unsplash by Raj Eiamworakul . (You are like Spiderman’s Utility Belt)

Good PMs add to engineering teams. You don’t have to know how to code well in order to understand the fundamentals of what happens under the hood of a web browser or how to query an API endpoint or even design a database data structure. Understanding the fundamentals of programming, at the very least, helps you understand what engineers on your team are saying when you are having a conversation with them. And understanding the technical feasibility of a feature or product is an advantage.

In fact, it helps you to do your work better. Take for example you are…


Why startups are hiring platform product managers.

Note: This topic is quite broad, and I find it quite hard to come up with a comprehensive answer that is technically impeccable yet easy to understand. At the risk of failing miserably, I’ll give it a try nonetheless.

Product discovery is the hardest problem of true value creation and innovation. By extension, this means that the most important factor determining consistent growth for many startups is moving from a single customer product company to a platform company where shared components exist.

Hypergrowth startups are seeking new growth channels and encouraging experiments that…


A case study of Gokada’s product discovery model.

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I’m an avid believer in the new smart mobility trend for emerging cities birthed under the sharing economy since the social ownership economy is being weighed down by corrupt governments . The underlying influence here is transport infrastructure — whether it be roads, metro systems or BRT — are not growing fast enough or there is none to begin with, and major cities like Lagos cannot keep up with the ever-increasing demand for urban mobility. Building sophisticated urban transport infrastructure is both expensive and challenging. …


What you should know about the Gig economy.

Gig Economy Worker by Kai Pilger (Unsplash)

A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. The trend toward a gig economy has begun. A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors.

The gig economy model goes by many names — the sharing economy; the agile economy; the on-demand, peer, or platform economy — but the companies share certain premises. They typically have ratings-based marketplaces and in-app payment systems. …


I sat opposite the interview table as a bright young intern candidate started answering my questions in the hope of getting a job. — Abadesi 2017

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You can be all that you dare to be. Like how everything in life grows in phases and just like growth and development in humans and plants our career trajectory is in patches, a path that is rarely a path at all — a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck and hard work, almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you.


This year was blue.

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Your best life is in front of you. For so long now I have been in that space where everything is blur and unclear. Maybe I was just unhappy or better still an unfulfilled person. What does fulfillment mean to a 22 year old anyway.

It’s past 5 now in a Uber. I’m sat in traffic on my way home from work — Nothing to loose by Sweet Female Attitude is playing on the radio….

In the last few years I’ve lived with anxiety but I always show up nevertheless so friends think I’m this happy…


With freelancing and self-employment on the rise and increasing reliance on the gig economy and crowdsourcing, Devcenter Inc have designed a system to help quality Ideas and work find the hands of the right professionals to help build it at speed, scale and budget. Where entrepreneurs, companies, idealists, and dreamers receive quality results and professionals are paid what they’re worth. In a new age of software development, selecting a web developer can be a difficult decision especially if you are not familiar with the intricacies of search engine placement optimization, web accessibility, web standards and other nuances of creating a…


Meredith Willson said it best: “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.” There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today.

Ajay

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