How to build a chrome extension which replaces the “New Tab” of your browser.

My favourite to-do product Wunderlist was shutting down in May. I like the product because of its chrome extension which I used every day:

All this extension does is to show up when you open any new tab in your browser. There you can manage simple tasks you want to complete during the day. I used it mainly during my work as a product manager where I quickly want to write things during a call, i.e. with my engineering team. …


I just finished Udacity’s AI Product Manager nanodegree. In this post, I share why I took the course and if I can recommend it.

My Profile

I always find it hard to read through reviews of online courses without knowing the profile of the person writing the review. Here we go:

I am a Product Manager and have worked in a few startups in different industries. I have studied Management but taught myself how to do (basic) coding. I have a large interest in machine learning and did Udacity’s Intro to Machine Learning two years ago, some Dataquest data science courses a…


Welcome to my fourth part of my blog about my app idea. It has been quiet here for a long time since I lost a little bit the drive of keeping this blog updated. However a lot of things happened: I worked a lot on building the app(s) and released Zuster as a web application, a chrome extension, an Android app and as an iOS app.

I want to share here how I managed to build all this in around 10 weeks (while treating this as a side project next to my real Product Manager job).

For my MVP I…


This blog series:

This is the first of a series of blog posts about an idea for a product and startup which I have. I will share with you my experience and the steps I go through to evaluate this idea.

Outlook:

  1. The idea
  2. Problem Validation
  3. Solution/Market Validation (this article)

Goal:

Find out whether users’ would actually use the product. So far, I got great feedback on the idea but mainly from friends or friends of friends. It’s positive to get this feedback but there is also a huge bias. Hence, I want to test whether people actually would download the app.

Methodology:

  1. Landing Page…

This blog series:

This is the first of a series of blog posts about an idea for a product and startup which I have. I will share with you my experience and the steps I go through to evaluate this idea.

Outlook:

  1. The idea
  2. Problem Validation (this article)
  3. Solution/Market Validation

Problem Validation

To recap, my problem space is around reading, saving and sharing news articles.

Hypotheses:

  1. Receiving: I forget reading the articles my friends have sent me
  2. Receiving: I do prefer to read long articles on my computer or tablet
  3. Sharing: I find it painful to share articles with my friends on mobile
  4. Sharing: I find…


This blog series:

This is the first of a series of blog posts about an idea for a product and startup which I have. I will share with you my experience and the steps I go through to evaluate this idea.

Outlook:

  1. The idea (this article)
  2. Problem Validation
  3. Market research & Value Proposition
  4. Prototype testing
  5. To be defined

Problem:

I read quite a lot of news on the internet: directly on newspapers, on tech blogs, on Medium or through aggregators and networks like Twitter, Linkedin or Hacker News. I also have close friends who do the same. In case they find an article which…


Some time ago, I wrote a post about Google’s various communication apps and the resulting confusion:

Since my last article, Google launched/announced two additional alternatives:

  • Hangout Chats and
  • Chat.

Hangouts Chat aims at enterprises, competing in a fast growing market with Slack and Microsoft’s Teams, while Chat shall replace the SMS text messaging standard and attract private consumers. In this article, I will focus on Chat.

Google Chat

In my last article I specifically criticized Google for their strategy of splitting their private communication tools into two apps: Duo for video calls and Allo for messages. It just feels odd to…


Some time back, I wrote about my goal to create fake twitter posts, with the support of machine learning algorithms.

Methodology:

I am using Google’s tensorflow library in order to create outputs. In general, I follow this great tutorial in order to train my algorithm:

As described in part 1, I am using the tweets of Benedict Evans as a training set. As he is mostly is writing about tech trends and companies, I ran several trials with different terms as prime words (the first word of a sentence, the algorithm then tries to write about). …


Training a RNN algorithm to generate Tweets in the tone of Benedict Evans

Aritifical intelligence is getting more attention than ever those days in the media. Elon Musk recently started a big debate by stating that AI has the potential to cause a third world war.

Other experts are not as worried: Google’s Head of AI, John Giannandrea, states that “people are unreasonably concerned” about an AI future.

Artifical intelligence is already implemented in several applications you are using:

  • It helps Spotify to recommend you songs, based on your interests.
  • It detects fraud on your credit card.
  • Or it…


Today I read an article about how great Google’s messaging app Allo is integrating AI. I was curious and realized that I haven’t tried out Allo yet so I gave it a shot. And it was not AI which caught my attention.

In the app I found only one friend in my contacts list — who did not answer.

Obviously, establishling a new communication app is always difficult, due to network effects. If there are no other people also using this app, naturally the value of it is very low — although the app has amazing features.

However, in Google’s…

Fabian Kutschera

Product Manager in Berlin.. On Medium for Product Management, Machine Learning, Strategy and History. Creator of Tiny Tasks (mytinytasks.com)

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