Free Uptime Monitoring

Great Free Tool for Monitoring Uptime on sites

Data Science Blog List

RJ Metrics came up with a great list of all the data science blogs out there.

Reactive Programming

Good meaty no BS article on Reactive Programming

Platform Pricing Strategy

Great article on Optimal Platform Pricing Strategy

The Details on

Great overview of people researching what makes so special and why people think it can get big enough to justify very very big valuations for something so early.

Scaling Engineering Teams

Great article from Tim Howe on scaling engineering teams

Great checklist on ecom optimizations to make

Great checklist on ecom tactics to take to improve your business

Great Product Management Reading Starting Point

Great high level look on the fuzzy topic of what is a product management and the articles that are popular.

Great Post on Startup Trends

Great Post on Startup Trends
- Amazon acquires some big brick and mortar store.
- Pure Play ecom is going away
- Facebook is killing it at social, Google is loosing/lost

Amazon’s approach to product management

Work Backwards and by doing so focus on the customer is amazon approach to kick off a project.

“For new initiatives a product manager typically starts by writing an internal press release announcing the finished product. The target audience for the press release is the new/updated product’s customers, which can be retail customers or internal users of a tool or technology. Internal press releases are centered around the customer problem, how current solutions (internal or external) fail, and how the new product will blow away existing solutions.”

While I think this approach is a great tool to keep in the box I can’t help but wonder what products that have been successful wouldn’t have sounded great in a press release. Imagine the press release for the original mouse? Twitter? I think at the end of the day Jobs was right when he said, “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”.