And I was too

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A few years ago, in my early 30s, I started reading books and articles focussed on the fundamentals of personal finance. An unemotional review of all the financial education we should have received, but likely didn’t.

Now, this isn’t an indictment on my upbringing. My parents were diligent in explaining saving and staying within your means. In this respect, I was perhaps luckier than many people that my parents took an interest to explain the basics.

The problem, however, is that is what they were, the basics.

In this blog, I will discuss various lessons taught…


What the Social Dilemma on Netflix can teach us

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The Social Dilemma on Netflix is a devastating blow to the reputation of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other platforms.

It’s a crystal clear indictment on the negative impact, whether intentional or not that these platforms have had on our day-to-day lives.

I, like many others, quickly reacted by either changing settings on these applications or removing them completely.

Aside from the effect these products have had on the fabric of society, more interesting to me, is the impact on product management.

Product Manager’s Dilemma

When building a product, a product manager’s intention aligns with the organisation for whom they work. Usually, this…


What’s the difference, and why does it matter to you?

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API, GUI, front-end, back-end what does it all mean?

Let’s first decode these terms, and what it means to you as a product manager (or wannabe product manager). Then let’s discuss what the measurements are of a successful deployment, and what may or may not “float your boat”.

API and Back-End

From Wikipedia:

“An application programming interface is a computing interface which defines interactions between multiple software intermediaries. …


What Henry Ford, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk can teach us about the counter-fundamentals of product management

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A basic tenet of product management is understanding user needs and then adapting to solve the pains the customer is going through. This is often through market research and customer interviews.

Sometimes, however, I would argue that this fundamental rule is not necessarily the right approach.

Henry Ford, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk are the epitome of this “counter-fundamental”.

Henry Ford

The Model T was released on October 1, 1908. After the initial success of the newly released affordable car, he is credited (wrongly or…


How a product I stumbled upon has saved me loads of cash online

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Coupons, Coupons, Coupons

When thinking about Coupons (paper or online), the first thought that entered my mind in the past, was that it wasn’t for me.

It’s not that I don’t like deals.

It’s just that discounts often require significant amounts of effort to claim them. Effort spent hunting them down and then claiming them, is effort not spent on things I actually enjoy.

It’s not unusual…


Fire-fighting in organisations, small and large.

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“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” — Steve Jobs

Watching Steve Jobs announcing the iPhone, was like watching poetry. Everything was rehearsed, planned and executed to perfection. The iPhone was just an extension of the majestic company that had brought so many innovative products to market.

This left me wondering; surely, organisations like Apple don’t face the usual “fire-fighting” we all encounter in our day to day jobs, right?

I have had the privilege of working in organisations, ranging in size from just a few employees to a mega-corporate with over 400 000 staff.

When working at smaller companies, I was always intrigued by our dealings with larger suppliers…


The time I tried to hedge the rand

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Ominous rumblings

In early December 2015, South Africa suffered downgrades by two credit-ratings agencies. Fitch reduced its rating to just above junk status, and Standard and Poor’s moved its outlook from stable to negative.

Unemployment was above 25%, and the economy was barely growing.


My Story — From India to Private Airline Entrepreneur

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India

In early 2008, before commencing my first entrepreneurial endeavour, I took a month to backpack across India with a close friend. This trip was intended as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and to clear my head before embarking on what was to be an incredibly challenging and rewarding journey, building a company from scratch.

While in India, I took my mind off everything that was previously consuming it: money, success, fame, fortune. It was the perfect runway leading up to the start of my business.

Textbooks

Upon returning home, I immediately kicked into top…


What a trip down under taught me about product management

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2005

Having finally completed my degree, before my first foray into the working world, a good friend, Mark and I decided to travel to Australia. We had big plans.

A few years prior, a mutual friend, Brett had emigrated with his family to Sydney, so this was the perfect opportunity to meet up, and to travel the length of the country (or is it continent?).

Our plans included all the sights and sounds one dreams of. Sydney, with the opera house and idyllic beaches, and Cairns with the Great Barrier Reef. …


Gathering customer feedback on a tight schedule

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Background

In every job spec for a product manager, you are likely to find some reference to an “obsession with customer feedback”. This is, of course true. Without the vision of what a customer really needs, we are unable to guide the product to success.

In my early days as a product manager, I of course wasn’t so in tune with this requirement, often rather relying on intuition of what the customer required, rather than cold hard facts and research.

The challenge

It is often a luxury to be able to get a customer’s attention for…

Leor Hurwitz

Product Manager with a passion for Product, UX, Personal Finance and more

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