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10:05am — Let’s begin. We’ve got 70 things to talk about.

There are more than 20,000 Alexa-compatible devices from more than 3,500 brands for customers to choose from today.


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Echo Dot — There’s a brand new mic array that gives it better performance. The driver is now much larger — we went from a 1.1” driver to a 1.6” driver so we can deliver more powerful sound with lower distortion and enhanced bass reproduction. And, we’re now driving the speaker with more power, which helps us increase the overall max volume. The new Echo Dot is now 70 percent louder.

Echo Input — the first Echo device without a speaker that adds Alexa voice control to your favorite speakers via a 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth. It has a four-microphone array so you can talk to Alexa from across the room. Echo Input is just 12.5mm tall, it’s incredibly thin and disappears into the room. …

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Photo by Andres Urena

Over the past few years there has been a rise in voice technologies, from Amazon Alexa platform to Google Home and Apple Homepod, all the big companies are going all-in on voice. Rightly so, it’s a frictionless environment that is able to remove all obstacles for the user.

Smart Speaker Users Growing 48% Annually, To Hit 90M In USA in 2018, this rate of growth outpaces smartphones.

But what does this new world look like for commerce? As a consumer, you are currently able to buy things straight from Amazon (and now third-party apps with Amazon Pay) but because of the frictionless environment you are getting the top result on that search page shipped to your house, instead of shopping around for the brand you want, you are taking the convenient option. …

Reputation is based on truth, and so in today’s world there’s nowhere to hide, instead of hiring a PR person, like in the 90s, and getting the right articles I think it’s just delivering repetition it for your employees, repetition for your clients and fundamentally give without any expectation.

You know, go give a keynote at a college with no expectation of getting anything in return, answer those 1–50 emails of people reaching out to you that have “nothing” to offer you and just give because they actually may have a ton to offer you. …

Are all users using all the features in your product? Of course they’re not. Let’s start by talking about that.

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When planning your roadmap, and where your team spend their time, it’s
useful to ask “how many people are actually using each of our product’s
features?”. A simple way to visualize feature usage is to plot out all your features on two axes: how many people use a feature, and how often. You’ll most likely see trends like this one.

The core value of your product is in the top right area, up where the star is, because that’s what people are actually using your product for. If you have features in the top left it’s a sign of features with poor adoption. In other words, there are a small amount of customers depending on this feature, but most rarely touch it. …

So what is Product Management

Product Management is all about working with balanced teams making sure that you’re building a building a product that is valuable feasible and usable.

So much so that you have disciplines that represent all of these. We want to make sure a useable, so we are going to lean on UX for that. We want to make sure the product is feasible and we will lean on Tech for that. and we are going to make sure that the product is valued not just for the business but for the customer.

And that’s where we come in, we help defend the customers and make sure their voice is heard. We are product spearheads, we are a mini CEO, you are the team leader. You help set the cadence, brainstorm effectively and manage the product operations day to day. …

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Photo by Jazmin Quaynor

1. Know your target market and customer.

  • No one should know more about your customer and market than you. Go where they go, eat what they eat and watch what they watch.

2. Empower and unblock your team.

  • Freeing up the time to allow your team to do what they do best is a great way to earn respect from the team and fellow product managers. Become the first line of defence!

3. Manage by questions, not by commands.

  • Ask people for their input on problems that they have, let them come up with the best ideas on how to execute it. You are just providing thinking points as they move forward.

4. Be clear and precise.

  • Speak in the language of the person that you are speaking too. A developer will understand something different than a designer. Your job is to communicate nativity to that person. …

Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models.

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The one document that will change your startup! Via

Sooo in English... It’s a single page document designed to replace 301 pages of WASTE in traditional business plans. As a start up you have two things on your side FLEXIBILITY and SPEED! This document allows you to play into both of those strengths! The first few version’s of the canvas are supposed to be sketched quickly. The canvas is not meant to be a rigid document but rather a work in progress to be filled out, revised, and evolved!

The job of a startup is to be a factory for creating happy customers! …

“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience”. — Mark Manson

You get anxious about confronting somebody in your life. That anxiety cripples you and you start wondering why you’re so anxious. Now you’re becoming anxious about being anxious. Oh no! Doubly anxious! Now you’re anxious about your anxiety, which is causing more anxiety.

My name is Mike Shoss and like to hustle and get shit done. Period.

Like most people I use to have a blog and keep track of life and stuff along those line, then social media came along and made me think that it was not so important because I could communicate my stories in other ways, but as I keep looking it think its ever so important to have a blog so here I am on Medium. But before I start writing down my thought and all that I would tell you about me.

So who am I? I’m a 24 year old Web Producer for Rogers, I have started two business so far (The Premium Review [The site is now down but feel free to watch old videos on YouTube] and Form Follows Function) and looking to start my third very shortly. I went to Sheridan College for Computer Software Development and Network engineering specializing in mobile development, Yeah I’m a nerd at heart, although I have been doing development Im looking to make the transition into Scrum or Product manager. …


Mike Shoss, CSM SPM

4x Founder, most recently ShossX, a Startup Mentorship & Investment firm. Lover of Voice, IoT and Green Energy.

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