Four things to consider when launching your product globally

Product launches always tricky. Figuring out what market segment to play in, who competes in that arena, and how you are different are just some of the challenges….

Buying on hype

At the end of my last post, I mentioned that I would write a follow-up piece that went more in-depth on my investing strategy and specific investments I’ve…

Stock investing: How I made a 20% return in 3 months

Everyone wants to put their free cash flow to work, one way to do that is through stock investing. Creating your own stock investing strategy and managing your…

How a hotel front desk rep got me to pay him a big tip

Mid last year I wanted to go on a vacation with my friends. We looked up options, compared prices, and ended up selecting Cancun as our destination and…

Personalization at scale for acquisition and engagement

Imagine if H&M only sold size large men’s shirts because that is what the average male wears? What if they only sold size small women’s shirts because that…

What is often overlooked when building a lifetime value model

Over the past six months, I’ve been working on SketchBook, a subscription based sketching app, where I spent a lot of time thinking about the concept of customer…

Has Instagram killed Snapchat yet? Vanity metrics argue yes; actionable metrics say otherwise

Facebook announced last week that Instagram Stories has now reached 200M daily active users (DAUs). Compared to Snapchat’s 161M DAUs, alongside the slowing DAU growth rate, it is…

Trying to find your traction channel? Think through market and model first

Startups live and die by growth. Growth is comprised of many factors, which can be boiled down to: acquiring new users who find value in your product, and…

My perspective on going from idea to product

Over the past few months I’ve been reading a lot of books and have briefly experimented with learning the process of starting a new venture for a course…

A trick to navigating a new country without Internet

Landing in Europe Since arriving in Europe about four months ago, I’ve had the opportunity to explore 12 countries and over 24 cities to date. Travelling has allowed…