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Right, let’s get to it - time for this months roundup 👇
Jack Smith’s legendry LinkedIn hack back in 2015 got him a video meeting with Thomas Korte, founder of AngelPad. With just $0.01, it landed him $120k in funding for his product - Vungle, which he later sold for ~$750m. He gave a talk at the conference Hustle Con, detailing exactly how he pulled off the LinkedIn hack. There is also a great write-up here. (6 min read)
I’ve always been obsessively curious about what makes a great digital product, but only recently discovered this post discussing ‘Product Thinking’ which perfectly summarised what it is and how to further develop it. Julie Zhuo mentions “The simplest way to define product thinking is that it is the skill of knowing what makes a product useful — and loved — by people.” This skill also provides you with a unique lens when studying and observing products, allowing you to spot patterns and new opportunities. (9 min read)
Jake Singer (writer of The Flywheel) put this great post together centred around Packy McCormick, author of the popular Not Boring newsletter and his goal of reaching $1m this year in revenue. Jake breaks down Packy’s Flywheel and goes into detail about how this $1m goal could be reached. I also found his explanation of the term ‘The Multi-SKU Creator’ fascinating - “most creators won’t make 100% of their income from just one source” (8 min read)
Whether you’re looking to improve your sites backlinks, SEO and discoverability, or just discover new early-stage products, this handy Airtble base includes 280+ thoroughly selected sites. I’ve seen a lot of directories like this, however, after reading this post by the Rocket Labs team I’m confident this isn’t just another scraped list.
Learn Product Management from 250+ curated Twitter threads sourced by Yang and taken from some of the best minds in Product Management. As a PM I’m fully aware of the amount of content out there and I think most PMs will agree it’s overwhelming. The great thing about this resource is the learnings are the size of a tweet, therefore it’s super easy to digest and you can pick up some great folk to follow in the process.
Firstly, this post is about the mentality, not the reality of being broke. David Hoang explores this mindset of how being over-resourced can stunt creativity, resulting in a lower quality outcome. When you’re broke, you maximize everything and make a dollar out of 15 cents. I generally believe this, when I needed money I would create within my constraints and make something out of nothing. Shaan Puri also discusses this exact principle the founding team of Alibaba took in this podcast (Skip to 3 mins in). (3 min read)
I’m a big fan of Figma, but I’m also no designer. I think I use about 30% of Figmas potential and to unlock that other 70% I need to learn a ton more. Recently I discovered ProtoPie and from what I can see it’s like Framer but much easier to grasp with loads of pre-defined interactions and animations to use. If you want to bring your idea to life and test it with users before spending a lot of time and money developing it then I would highly recommend prototyping first with a tool like this.
Check out some of these examples here and here - pretty mind-blowing.
It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. There’s a crank. It comes with 24 free games to get you started - what else do you need to know. Well, encase you’re still curious, this beautiful looking portable games console has a very special black and white screen – not backlit, but super reflective – that looks way more amazing than you’re probably imagining. It also has a peppy little processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a surprisingly loud loudspeaker. Just take a look at it and tell me this isn’t stunning looking!
Looking for some more retro products to bring back some 80’s nostalgia?
👀 Retro App Store is the App Store, but in the ‘80s
👂 Retro AirPods are AirPods, if they were invented in the ‘80s
👾 Neon Drive is an ‘80s-style arcade game set in the future
🙌 Retro Patents are bespoke prints of keystone inventions
😍 The Internet Arcade houses over 900 classic arcade games
📱 WANLE iPhone Case turns your phone into a Gameboy console
First off, I have looked at this product on at least 4 different occasions and still can’t figure out what it actually is, but I’m super intrigued. It looks like Notion, Pitch, Slack, Zoom and Miro all rolled into one. The thing that got me most excited is the pre-built templates, for example, Project Plans, User Research Reports, Design Reviews etc. If your working in a remote team this seems like a neat product. If you have tried it give me a shout and let me know what you think.
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