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LinkedIn Fail

In a recent marketing attempt, Jeremy Gillespie from Linkedin wrote me a message to give me a “special gift” for being such a loyal Linkedin member: a Free Upgrade. Upon clicking to redeem this gift, Linked in changed his mind and just tried to upsell me.

That’s great Jeremy! Maybe next time you to some testing before spamming me.

 

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From Consumerism To The Act of Creating

tegen-charlotte-consumerism-1I have been lately studying my patterns of work and monitoring the time I spend in different activities to try to improve my productivity and results.

And after applying a lot of tactics like Pomodro, 7 principles of highly effective people, eating the frog, delegation, GTD I was still wondering why I don’t see a lot of results from the things I do.

Then a few days back I was reading this article regarding Side Projects and how to find time for them, and suddenly I stumbled upon on this amazing concept, I didn’t realize until now: switching from consumerism to the act of creating. I realized I was exactly doing that: consuming not creating.

Even though I was involved in a lot of tasks and projects like: learning a new language, or reading blogs about internet security, go to some seminars  up to more obvious tasks like buying a new running shoes (which in my mind was a task rather related to doing physical activity) I realized I was only consuming not creating.

Consumerism is a sneaky little fella, it tricks your brain into thinking it’s doing something, doesn’t take a lot of effort, so you feel satisfied but at the end of the day you don’t have any practical results.

I was feeling so proud of myself because I wasn’t one of those kinds of people who read gossip blogs or watch TV or even sports; I was dedicating my whole time to learning smart stuff. But I was still consuming content without doing anything with it.

One famous quote resumes my point very well…

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” 
– Leonardo da Vinci

In the same period of time I read an article about getting fit. And this lady was telling her story and said something like “knowing the solution for something doesn’t necessarily make a difference, unless you put what you know in action”.

Then I though back to the moments I felt most productive and active, when I had a specific problem to solve, or a specific thing to create (I once was able to make some amazing things with Photoshop in just 3 hours by knowing what I want as an end result).

So it was clear for me I need a paradigm shift. So that’s what I recommend you also do. Every time you start doing an activity, or task ask yourself this: is it a consumeristic or a creationistic activity. Try to maintain the creationism as high as possible. I’m sure you will not be able to give up consuming things but try to incline the balance in that direction.

The funny thing is that while doing some research for writing this, I was trying to find the appropriate word for defining the Act of Creating, it’s somewhere near “Creationism”, but that refers more to the religious views, “Producerism” has some negative connotations, expressing a negativity towards the non-working, thus non-producing elements of a social structure, and at the same time producing isn’t the same thing as creating and “Creativity” is more of a trait that the actual act of creating. So given that there isn’t even a word for it, no wonder we don’t even think about it, or have it as an ideology.

 

Image Source: Tegen Charlotte – Consumerism

 

 

 

Resources for Product Managers

Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt

Good Product Manager

The Cracky PM

Under10consulting

John Peltier

Andy Stitt

Success managers

Nils Davis

Matty

Onproductmanagement

Mironov

Street Smart Product Manager

John Peltier

Instigator Blog

Martin Keriksson (founder of ProductTank and MindTheProduct)

Outsideinview

Product Powers

Product Beautiful

Product Manager in Heels

Roman Pichler

Brian Piercy

Kristin Runyan

Product Talk

Tyner Blain

Ellen Chisa

Lead on Purpose

SVPG

Bloggers on Medium

Juan Fernandez

Articles

What makes a good product manager?

Best practices in Startup Product Management

Business Psychology

Nir and Far

Marketing blogs

http://smartsoftwaremarketing.co.uk/

Product Events

Product Summit

Podcasts

Brian Lovin

7 questions and answers about succesful crowdfunding campaigns for small teams

1. How many people work on a campaign & in what roles?
Marketing manager (included in the daily job)
Graphic designer (a few days of work)
Video guy
PR& copywriter (few days of work)
Support & Social Media (included in the daily job)
Email Marketing Specialist (sending out emails -no automatic option for that)
Product Manager (to create, deliver products)
CEO – concept

2. Where can you source knowledge from?

Basically by looking at other similar campaigns, reading articles, having other succesful crwodfunders similar to you give some advice.
3. Should you use media/advertising specialists – any outside agencies ?
That is an option, the other option is to use only the team.

Platforms that promote crowdfunding campaigns, only spread the press release among some sites with not a very noticeble impact.
You can look for support in the local tech communities.
4. What question should I be asking of myself & my small team?
You don’t need a dedicated team for this, you need to integrate it in your day-to-day job. What is important though is to have a really good video producer, and a good message.

The question you should ask is why haven’t you tried it yet. If you have a good story, a nice presentation (video, image) and you address the right people you should have an amount of success.

5. What should I remember without fail?
Have a clear message and a good story. Don’t make any compromises in video/audio quality.
I don’t know if you read the comparison of the cooler campaign, first time they failed, second time they did it better and managed to reach their goal.

6. Anything I should forget or avoid?
Avoid too many perks, or a too complicated process of delivery, keep it simple, you don’t need logistical over-head.

7. What can you get wrong (if anything) during your bid?
Additional work in the logistics part which can not really pay off, too many perks, overpromising, poor quality of the products you aim to sell/produce.

Some insight: we get most of our funding from our community, so it’s good to promote it first of all among them. Or, if you don’t have a well established community try to find one that resonates with your product and promote it there.

What Jobs Will be Left for Humans in the Future After Machines Take Over?

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If machines replace humans at work, how will we still make money? Or maybe we will not need money…

I’ve recently seen this video about how machines are easily taking over humans’ jobs, and robotics and automatization are becoming the replacement for workers. They were comparing humans with horses, that in the past there was a huge demand for horses in transportation and other fields, but after the invention of the car, horses were less and less needed, fast-forward to the present, horses are only used for hobbies.

Nowadays technology has become so advanced that it’s replacing the jobs of humans.

Not in a very distant future there will be no longer a need for human doctors, as robots have the capacity of analyzing a way bigger amount of medical cases than a human, and by processing this large amount of data to find patterns in symptoms. They will become better than humans, with a bigger capacity to process information. Robotic hands don’t tremble. So robotic surgeons don’t need sleep, don’t get tired, and don’t grow old.

Self-driving cars are easily replacing drivers. These have the capacity to compute shortest pathway possible by taking in real-time traffic information, avoiding road blockages, not fall asleep on the wheel, they don’t drink and drive, they don’t text on the phone while driving.

When I hear all this, honestly I feel overwhelmed and think, what is there left for humans? What jobs can we do?

I was asking a friend this and he said…well Art, Art is left for us humans.

But if you look at the latest technological progress you can see that there are robots that can paint, as good as humans, and also there is a robot mentioned in the video, Emily Howel, which can compose and play music.

Then what is there left for humans?

I think it’s emotion. When I look at robotics I don’t see them mimicking or transmitting emotions. Ok, if you are a cynical you can say emotion could be generated by applying electrical impulses to the brain (at the end what else is emotion but if not electrical charges between the neurons). Bodily sensations trigger impulses to the insula in the limbic system, but recalling a book I read on happiness, called Satisfaction by Gregory Berns, a doctor studying what makes us humans happy, this concluded that surprise, and unexpected things is what gets our brain going, new experiences make up that hormonal cocktail that brings with it the „feel-good” sensation.

The ability to visualize, imagine and transmit emotions is what will be our unique human feature. From a scientific point of view it’s the mirror neurons that help us communicate this, but beyond that there is something more, something that connects us humans.

So don’t be scared, in the future machines will replace the boring, dull mechanical jobs. They will easily take over even parts of the beautiful-creationist activities, but emotion is what there is left.

If we keep an optimistic and constructionist view on the future (some of us might not even get to this future yet, so we worry for nothing) we can use all this innovation to our advantage. It is a means, a tool that will make our lives even more meaningful.

I’m not trying to reproduce Utopia here (in Utopia all people were allowed to have food and whatever they needed for free, because there was plenty for everybody), although this scenario actually isn’t so far-fetched if you think about the fact that machines have the capacity to produce for everybody at infinitesimal costs, which might in a perfectly implemented system have 0 costs.

Is this utopic enough for you? Why 0 costs? You might say, yes but machines need energy and that costs money. I know it’s a bold idea, and it’s against everything we have learned, and everything we have been educated to think. But what if there would be no need for money?

No need for money

Every time my boss screams around in the office or threatens he’s going to close the company down, I get this fear, because without a job I will not have any money, and without money I don’t have anything.

But if you think about it this is it pretty stupid. The earth doesn’t ask you for money when you put in seeds that grow into plans you’re eating.

Energy, you can use solar, wind or hydro energy, the sun will continue to shine, without asking for money, the wind will continue to blow without asking for money, the water will continue to follow its course without saying: that will be 10$ please.

So that’s why in a very well implemented system, everything will be produced in plentifulness and we will not need any money, there will be enough for everyone.

Must-attend list of conferences and tips

Conference Link Location Topic Data Price
Product Summit http://productsummit.org/ USA, Boston Product Management november
Mind the Product SF http://www.mindtheproduct.com/ USA, San Francisco Product Management 4th June 2015 750$
Mind the Product SF http://www.mindtheproduct.com/ USA, San Francisco Product Management 4th June 2016 450 P
Productized http://www.productized.co/ Lisabon, Portugal Product Design 8-9 October 2015 195 EUR
Agilia http://agiliabudapest.com/en Budapest, Hungary Product Ownership 11-13th June 2015 250 EUR
Product Camp USA http://www.productcamp.org/ USA Product Management various
Product Camp Europe http://www.productcamp.org/ Europe Product Management various
Lets Build http://lets-build.de/ Berlin Product Management
Why did I apply to The Summit Kilimanjaro?

Why did I apply to The Summit Kilimanjaro?

The Summit Kilimanjaro is an event organized by The Summit Conference in Dublin. What does it actually mean? You climb Kilimanjaro together with some extraordinary people, moreover 5985$ will be donated to water charity.

How does it happen?

5 “Average Joes” are choosen to join amazing founders and leaders like the founders of Spotify, WordPress or Pandora and Hollywood movie starts. Actually these guys are no Average Joes, they haven’t made it YET. It’s an amazing adventure where you try to overcome your physical limit, meet cool people you wouldn’t be able to and do it all for a noble cause. What more can you wish for?