Howie Mann Blog

Startup & Investing Advice

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I'm Howie Mann,

I'm a startup executive and former investment banker.

This website is where I share things I have learnt that have helped me problem solve in the world of startups and investing.

I hope it will help you too.

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Recent Articles

Financial Model Formatting - 3 Core Best Practices

December 4, 2021 | 2 minute read


Investment Banking Excel and Google Sheet formatting best practices for building spreadsheets and financial models: 1) Color Coding Cells; 2) Financial Tables; 3) Key Metrics

Finite State Machines - A Common Tool for Product Owners, Designers & Developers

November 27, 2021 | 5 minute read


How Finite State Machines allow cross-functional teams to visually design complex logic before committing expensive resources to design and code implementation.

5 Questions to Ask to Find Product Market Fit - User Interviews

September 18, 2021 | 4 minute read


5 user interview questions to validate product market fit: 1) What progress are you trying to make?; 2) What is the hardest thing about making progress?; 3) Tell me about the last time you encountered the struggle; 4) What solutions have you previously tried? 5) What didn’t you love about those solutions?

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