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Last Build Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:10:42 +0000

Copyright: Copyright, Ben Yoskovitz. 2007.

Hello, 2017

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:10:42 +0000

2016 was one heck of a year. It started with a fairly big shakeup professionally. I didn’t end up taking much time off; instead I started meeting with lots of people and looking for my next adventure. In July, 2016 I announced the launch of my new startup, Highline BETA. Over the second half of […](image)

“You Don’t Look Like a Founder”

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:59:17 +0000

WTF does that even mean? It means: You’re not a young white guy. And it’s total bullshit. Heather Anne Carson, co-founder @ Repable recently posted this on Facebook: (She didn’t ask me to write this.) Oy. It’s not surprising that guys feel / think this way (but saying it out loud really demonstrates a whole […](image)

Who Really Wants to Work in a Factory?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:35:14 +0000

In a recent presentation I gave on the use of data in the product management/development process there was one slide that I ended up taking out. It didn’t fit the flow of the talk, but I think it’s still an important point. Here’s the slide: The presentation in question was arguing for the proper implementation […](image)

Data is an Input and a Filter into the Product Development Process

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:43:43 +0000

Recently I spoke at CrunchConf in Budapest. It was a great experience. The conference is fantastic for people interested in data (e.g. data analysts, scientists, product managers, etc.) Having said that, I’m not a data scientist. I don’t spend the bulk of my time storing, organizing and sifting through data. I’m not smart enough for […](image)

Speaking Gigs, Training, Discounts, Free Tickets and More

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:32:46 +0000

I don’t normally post about speaking engagements, conferences or training sessions that I’m conducting, but there are a bunch of upcoming events that I hope interest people. Along with that, I have discounts and free tickets to give away–so why not do it all at once?!?! 1. Product Strategy for Designers I’m doing a 2-day […](image)

Finding Your Inspiration

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 01:24:22 +0000

Founders need inspiration. I believe most founders have a deep well of inspiration inside of them that they’re able to draw from as needed. Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to survive. But that’s not always enough–founders need to find inspiration outside of themselves as well. Recently I started watching Chef’s Table on Netflix. The parallels […](image)

Data should be the Common Language in an Organization

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:30:41 +0000

If I was to ask you what you do, I’m sure you could provide an answer. Most people lead with a title–“I’m an engineer working on software systems,” or, “I’m a senior marketing manager that drives marketing initiatives for our products.” Fair enough. That’s a reasonable answer. A much harder question is “Why?” Why do […](image)

The Startup Rollercoaster is Real

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:02:14 +0000

You know what’s hard?   Starting a company. You know what’s fun?   Starting a company. There’s something about the insane challenge that makes starting a company so incredible. Having said that, I really don’t enjoy being told I’m wrong, or that my plan/idea/approach won’t work. (I don’t know many people who like that!) And when people […](image)

Introducing Highline BETA – a Startup Co-Creation Company

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:55:58 +0000

Today, I’m launching a new company: Highline BETA. I’m co-founding Highline BETA with Marcus Daniels. I’ve known Marcus a long time and we’ve stayed in touch throughout the years. We’ve now found the right time and opportunity to work together. Highline BETA is something different. We’re a startup co-creation company. What does that mean? It […](image)

The Product Manager’s Portfolio

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:46:47 +0000

It’s not always easy for a product manager to explain her precise role in building product. Every company defines product managers differently, and a product manager’s output is sometimes difficult to see or quantify. Product managers tend to use success metrics as a baseline for their experience (e.g. “We increased conversion by 300%!”) but of […](image)