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Posts, tutorials and musings that have helped me in the world of startups and investing.

How the US Air Force Ditched the "Average" and Saved Lives

July 1, 2022 | 3 minute read


The average is a myth. Understand the pitfalls of the average and how it can conceal useful information. How the US Air Force threw out the average and saved lives. Use distributions to better understand your data.

How to Solve the Right Problem - 4 Simple Questions to ask

June 17, 2022 | 6 minute read


Ask: 1) Whose problem is it really? 2) What is their problem? 3) Where does the problem come from? 4) Do we really need to solve the problem?

How to Run a Growth Experiment - Learn the 4 Steps

February 25, 2022 | 5 minute read


4 steps to a successful growth experiment: 1) Hypothesis; 2) Trigger; 3) Action; 4) Measure. Practical example for how teams can run growth experiments quickly and cheaply.

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

November 26, 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?

How to Approach Hard Problems - Invert, Always Invert

August 7, 2021 | 4 minute read


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

How to Increase User Engagement - 3 Learnings from Psychology

May 29, 2021 | 5 minute read


How to build habit forming products: 1) Deliver unexpected rewards; 2) Trigger based on environment; 3) Repeat easy to perform actions

5 Key UX Design Principles - How to Make Products User Friendly

January 17, 2021 | 6 minute read


Learn the 5 Ways to Make Your Products User Friendly: 1) Affordances, 2) Signifiers, 3) Mapping, 4) Feedback, 5) Conceptual Model. Recognize deliberate design from the hugely popular YouTube mobile app.

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