Visual Thinking, Roadmunk, Tinycards, Roman Pichler, Pipelines and Platforms

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Third issue. Weekly rant. On platforms, design, startups and books. 
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Entrepreneur. Platform Strategist. Passionate about startups, technology, and new ideas.

Third issue. 
Weekly rant. 
On platforms, design, startups and books. 

It all starts with a vision. Your thinking is linked to your senses and in the most intricate ways to your eyes, that leads to your vision. As if the entire process of creation happens first in your mind and years after in reality. 
I am a great fan of visual thinking. Just holding out on a thought makes you prone to losing it and visual thinking helps you capture your thoughts and ideas. 

There’s no need to be an artist. Visual thinking is a vital skill for developing new ideas and designs, communicating those ideas effectively, and collaborating with others to make them real. 
Moving on.

I have been using Roadmunk since a month for creating detailed product roadmaps. No wonder Garage Capital, Golden Venture Partners and Felicis Ventures haved backed Roadmunk because it’s awesome.
Hey, have a look at my PM Test Results!
My Product Management Profile
I have always wondered whether my skills in product management are in line with what the industry wants. My experience with building new products has given me an immense understanding about business, UX and long-term company strategy associated with new products as they are built, shipped and mini-scaled; but, for me, lifecycle and innovation management, market research and product strategy still remain wanting because I have not worked on mature products with defined customer segments, marketing channels, and product principles. 

So I have decided to move towards having a big-picture view about products and the markets they operate in, to avoid having tunnel-vision and ultimately being ineffective as a PM. Next steps: Product lifecycle management, competitive landscaping, and future product strategy. 

You can also measure your PM skills here. Check it out! 
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” Sometimes, it’s not important to disrupt but rather enabling the existing infrastructure in place to solve real, validated pain-points. 

Pipelines and Platforms - The classic HBR article (April 2016) on the rise of platform business models has changed the way software products are created nowadays. Every ‘platform’ has a two-sided responsibility to support the buyer and seller community, and in return derive value through interactions happening between them. Airbnb, Upwork, Uber, Google, Apple, Facebook - they have all changed the world through their platforms. They enable ecosystems of various businesses and hence, derive value by creating it. 

Read ’Platform Revolution’ and ’Scaling Lean’ to mix an understanding of double-sided, simultaneous business model with system thinking principles. 

I am this crazy fan of flashcards. It’s a wonderful method to learn in a bite-sized amount to not only increase the exposure of new information but also facilitate subject recall. Sweet and easy to use, this could be the coolest new teaching tool for educators. 

My count is 2/9. Adding all of these to my summer reading list. Marketplaces are the most interesting business models to work with. That’s why marketplaces get a lot of books written on them. Get your hands dirty with any of these and understand how the most powerful companies (read: smart marketplaces) taking over the world. 
That's all folks!
Stay awesome.

Cheers,
aakash-aggarwal
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