Stephanie Geerlings, Builder, Hacker, Entrepreneur, Product Manager, and Prime Minister At Cloud City Development Discusses Scaling Startup Teams And Companies On The Global Product Management Talk Podcast
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Stephanie Geerlings, Builder, Hacker, Entrepreneur, Product Manager, and Prime Minister At Cloud City Development Discusses Scaling Startup Teams And Companies
At companies that need to scale people there are a few components to take into account; 1. Prove that you are as useful an organization to them as they are to you. 2. Do meaningful work and start an initiative that people want to be a part of. 3. Appreciate people, yourself, and the huge power that your company can grow to be.
Stephanie Geerlings, Builder, Hacker, Entrepreneur, Product Manager, and Prime Minister for Cloud City Development, has grown companies from $3k-3M+ and teams from 3-50. She’s built software, hardware, large steel machine sculptures, and has done 3-D, print, and web design and branding for Fortune 500s. Stephanie’s values are core to how she works. She’s overly honest, cares about intention, and believes in people. “Our work is to solve problems. Problems get solved—by thinking it through and applying best practices in a flexible way. Not all clients’ requirements are the same. We design and engineer the solution.”
Stephanie Geerlings joins host, Cindy F. Solomon, on Monday, August 12, 2013
About Stephanie Geerlings
Stephanie Geerlings, Builder, Hacker, Entrepreneur, Product Manager, and Prime Minister for Cloud City Development, has worked in technology & design for 10 years and believes that good engineering and design should be done with artistic and scientific methods. She strives to be whole-minded, collaborative, and flexible. She knows how to respect multiple viewpoints, communicate with various stakeholders, and execute on both exciting and mundane tasks. Stephanie has grown companies from $3k-3M+ and teams from 3-50. She’s built software, hardware, large steel machine sculptures, and has done 3-D, print, and web design and branding for Fortune 500s. Because of her background on various quickly moving projects she used to claim that the startup life was the easiest she’s ever experienced. Stephanie’s values are core to how she works. She’s overly honest, cares about intention, and believes in people. “Our work is to solve problems. Problems get solved—by thinking it through and applying best practices in a flexible way. Not all clients requirements are the same. We design and engineer the solution.”
About Cloud City
Cloud City Development is a full-service digital product consultancy. We follow modern software development best practices while crafting a solution for your specific needs. Our designers and fullstack Rails developers each have 5-13 years of experience building great software for the web. We are at your service for product development, team augmentation, scaling, MVPs, and CTO consulting.
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The remarkable thing about your mental life is that you are rarely ever stumped.” – Daniel Kahneman It’s Thursday morning. You settle into your office chair, you crack open your laptop, you take a…
Great posting from Product Talk by Teresa Torres!
Teresa discussed this in person over great beer and refreshments on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Startup Product Talks meetup at Atlassian http://bit.ly/1e8Yr72
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Many entrepreneurs believe the key to an MVP is identifying the right minimal features for the right customers. It turns out this is mostly a fool’s errand because an MVP isn’t about product feat…
Tristan is speaking at the Startup Product Summit SF2 on October 11, 2013 Register today for best price! http://bit.ly/11J59AG
- In the real world people selectively listen in conversations, give us inconsistent feedback, change their minds, and think about problems differently. Products are difficult to scope and hard to build.
- Don’t fall in love with my process – fall in love with the Big Idea – Steve Blank, Beijing 2013
- Startups are about discovery: searching for a scalable model, not executing on an idea.
- your MVP – as a product – is going to suck.
- some of the most passionate people you meet in interviews never even try the product. Apathetic – and even very negative – people may become your most passionate customers when they start using a product.
- building an MVP will help you discover about you
- stop worrying about the ideal set of product features and make your best guess with the information you have and get an MVP – however you define it – in the hands of customers. It’s the only way to keep the Discovery process going.
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Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand. – Confucius, BC 450 Sounds good, right? Confucius had a way with words. However, reality is more murky …
UX is a huge part of Product Management, and this pensive post from Glen Lipka, VP User Experience for Marketo, prompts us to think about how we teach others the skills we have honed over the years.
Particularly in an arena that’s still developing, where many of us learned by doing and don’t necessarily have a mentoring experience to fall back on as an example, it can be tricky to figure out the best way to pass the fine details of our craft on to newbies.
Glen makes clear he has more questions than answers on this particular topic, and I understand why. It’s a perfect topic for conversation at Startup Product Summit SF2, though. In fact, questions like these are a large part of the reason Startup Product exists. To create an environment where we can discuss and debate, teach and learn, and perhaps even learn how to teach.
Glen is a speaker at Summit SF2, and we’re excited to have him. Join us October 11, 2013, to hear what else he has to say. Register at: http://bit.ly/11jHipK
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Product management is one of the hardest jobs to define in any organization, partially because it’s different in every company. I’ve had sev…
Read Josh Elman’s breakdown of his definition of the job of a product manager: Help your team (and company) deliver the right product to your users.
While many people describe a PM as CEO of the product, Josh takes a thoughtful, but different, perspective that emphasizes the importance of the whole team. We, too, believe strongly in the value of cross-discipline collaboration, and we’re thrilled to have Josh as a speaker for Startup Product Summit SF2.
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As startup founders, product managers, designers, it’s often easy for us to come up with all the answers. Should we add this feature? Will users take this action? Will changing this copy increase c…
Teresa Torres shares 4 brief, but powerful explanations about how and why we so easily convince ourselves we’re right, when often we really aren’t. The keys to overcoming things like confirmation bias are awareness and honesty.
“It’s way too easy to look back and decide that what happened is exactly what you expected to happen. It’s much harder to be honest with yourself and realize that what you are building may not be working. But the faster we become aware something might not be working, the faster we can correct course and try again.”
Perspectives like the one Teresa shares in this post are one reason we’re excited to have her as a speaker at Startup Product Summit SF2, Oct. 11, 2013. Sign up now for advance registration pricing that is $200 off the full price!
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In February, I attended the inaugural Startup Product Summit, which was a fabulous one-day conference event in San Francisco. Startup Product is part movement, part community of passionate product…
We’re ramping up the team at Startup Product, prepping for Summit SF2 on October 11, and more…
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In today’s Silicon Valley, spending money to acquire users or customers is usually seen as a last resort instead of a go-to option
By Josh Elman
To grow fastest and biggest, top companies today instead focus on building feature after feature that helps attract new users or more quickly convert them into active users.
- Many companies have started to realise that they can’t just build a great product and expect growth to happen, nor can they afford to pay for it, but that they have to engineer it.
In contrast to a traditional marketing team with managers, analysts and agency relationships, these growth teams include engineers, designers, product managers and data scientists.
- To keep producing these results, it takes a deep technical understanding of how those systems work and how to measure the effectiveness of the platform.
In the earliest days of a company or a product, finding the path towards sustainable growth is crucial.
- Marketing teams will include engineers and designers, and talk as much about “road maps” and features as about ads and budget.
- Josh is speaking at Startup Product Summit SF2 register before June 24 for $400 off! http://bit.ly/11J59AG
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There has been alot of movement in “responsive HTML” over the last 2 years. Basically, responsive means that the page will morph as the screen gets smaller. It changes to use the available space …
Basically, responsive means that the page will morph as the screen gets smaller.
I was trying to design a page editor application that gave a non-programmer power to make responsive pages using as much WYSIWYG UI as possible.
Responsive HTML Templates work best when your layout/content scope is going to remain static. It sucks when your layout is changing all the time, like a public website or even an application of moderate-high complexity.
– how will you know the good posts from the bad if they are all good.
Glen Lipka, is VP of UX at Marketo. He will be speaking at the Startup Product Summit SF2 – register before June 24 for $400 off! http://bit.ly/11J59AG
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Too often companies spend a lot of time fixated on perfecting their prototype. After putting in a lot of effort to build it, they launch, but are left wondering why users aren’t using their product! In this talk I’ll cover the two most critical steps companies overlook, which can save them from wasted efforts and lead them to a successful launch.
Poornima shared her presentation!
Join us to learn the two most critical steps companies overlook, which can save them from wasted efforts and lead them to a successful launch.
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