Sometime ago I had the privilege of being a guest on Mohammad Najmuzzaman channel on Leher where we discussed note-taking.

Below are the points I had noted down before the conversation. I basically list the software I have tried and what I think about them.

I mainly talk about:

  • Software I have tried
  • Jobs Note-taking does for me
  • My Needs
  • My Current Stack
  • Personal Opinions on Note Taking

Software I have tried.

  • Evernote

— Best in class OCR and web clipper

— Great ecosystem

— Product evolution stalled

  • Onenote

— Image to text

— Free? Won’t go away?

—…


There is a lot of fluff in Entrepreneurship and Product Management which is passed around as magical silver bullets. One of which I dislike is the “Aha Moment.”

A friend added me into a Twitter thread, which trigged a long time rant I had on it.

A product is a Stack of things.

The Aha Moment is supposed to be the moment when a user realizes the value of your product. The problem lies in the fact that rarely does a product just do one thing. Products are a “Stack” of features, ideologies, business, and growth plans and services. Users may ignore deficiencies in multiple parts…


I have spent the last 5 months working on helping SaaS companies improve their conversions rates with a new product we are building, NextStepHQ. The premise of the product at NextStep was that users need to be nurtured through the funnel.

What we were not prepared for; is the fact that the buyer journey does not exist for most B2B SaaS startups. This is something we saw across all our beta users. A large chunk of traffic is drive-by traffic, and traffic that does convert does not follow the typical funnel. …


This is a part of my “Journey with Azure” series

I have always been fascinated by managed services and serverless computing. It started with my first startup PureMetics, where we used AppEngine and BigQuery to built an Analytics product. Because both AppEngine and BigQuery were fully managed services, A single person (Abhishek Nandi) was able to build the entire tech for it. Later on when Abhishek & I were building Odiocast, we used other managed services to keep things simple. …


This is a part of my “Journey with Azure” series

So as a part of playing around with Azure, I decided to clone AirMeet’s codebase with Azure as a backend service. Airmeet is currently running on AppEngine with Datastore as a database. The equivalents on the Azure side are AppService with TableStore as the database. Based on that experience here are some of the differences between the two NoSQL key-value stores.

Structuring your Storage

Table Storage needs a partition key and a row key, whereas data store only needs a key. Now you may look at it as extra work, but this also…


This is a part of my “Journey with Azure” series, the also the first part of It (and a short one). Expect more in the future as I play around with Azure.

The design makes for very long URLs on the portals side. On the google cloud side, I can go to my Datastore using the following URL: console.cloud.google.com/datastore, I can’t do something similar on the Azure side. Anyway, I think it is a pet peeve of sorts and might not be super critical for everyone. …


The product Roadmap showcases what you are doing, in what order, and in most case by when you plan to do it.

It is meant for certain use-cases and audiences, largely those who are not a key part of the decision-making process, but who are affected by it and by leadership, who don’t have the time to dive deep into the how and why of products and features.

It is quite literally a navigation map for others to see, a mechanism to get maximum relevant information that a single glance can get. It showcases what just happened, what is happening now and what will happen in the future while hiding all the other complexities.

Before We Dive In

SHOULD THE PRODUCT ROADMAP HAVE RELEASE DATES?

Ideally, a product roadmap should not have due…


Netflix & Prime Video are so different from YouTube as products, driven into different directions based on their incentives. Here are a bunch of observations

  • Netflix and Prime know their content. Which powers features like X-ray in prime and the ability to skip intros and recaps in Netflix. Even subtitles and episodes lists are better supported in the apps. Added value for users. YouTube, on the other hand, knows very little about the content which can add value to the users. Which is why it is heavily dependent on a recommendation engine, which also takes the user from videos on…

I recently gave a talk at a “She Leads Tech” event hosted by YourStory and Facebook for the women entrepreneurs community, this is the presentation I gave there.

1. Don’t take advice on face value

Your startup is unique, the advice is generally not, especially drive-by advice.
Whenever you come up to advice that sounds good, ask why: Why did the advice work for the person who gave it to you, why will it work for you? Why will it work now? The Why’s give you context, they help you understand the premise under which the advice will work or not work at all.

Examples

  • Should you…

empathy (noun):

The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

The Goal of Products

Products are at the end of the day tools which help users get the job done. The job might be helping a user get from point A to B (Uber), or watch content (Netflix) or express themselves with words (Medium). Each product might be doing a lot more in the background or foreground as most products do more than one thing. …

Ravi Vyas

x-CPO @yourstoryco previously founder @Odiocast @puremetricsio. via @Moengage @vserv #SAAS #Podcasts (addict)

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