Howie Mann Blog

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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

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?

How to Approach Hard Problems - Invert, Always Invert

August 8, 2021 | 4 minute read


How the inversion process helps frame innovative solutions: Spark Joy, Jobs To Be Done, Design Shaping.

How Much is Alibaba Worth? US$900 billion in 2021

June 5, 2021 | 8 minute read


Alibaba operates three of the largest digital platforms in China: e-commerce, cloud and payments. We estimate Alibaba (BABA:NYSE 9988:HKG) to be valued at up to US$900 billion based on a Sum Of The Parts (SOTP) valuation of its various operating segments.

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