How we validated and (re)shaped our product strategy within a week

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I originally posted this on blog, this is a re-post to keep the post alive :) Unless you’re in SF / NYC, surrounded by entrepreneur peers and industry professionals, or inside an accelerator that gives you access to a range of mentors and advisers — you definitely have a problem easily testing your product hypotheses. That’s exactly the problem we faced with the startup we’re just launching — a dashboard tool which, in short, can be described as NewRelic for CEO/founders. How do we get the opinion of people within the industry on our product’s differentiation against market incumbents, unique value proposition and

Everything is product management

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One perspective on life is that anything we try to accomplish – both personally and professionally – can be treated as a product management problem. Our goal(s) can be looked upon as a product, while moving the needle on that is clearly management.  If you look at masters of execution – product managers, you’ll notice how they constantly keep making meaningful progress in the right direction; how they communicate efficiently and get things done. If you think about human behavior and psychology, it’s understandable why execution is so difficult to vast majority of people. Humans tend to be enthusiastic, optimistic, distracted and overwhelmed, sometimes very superficial. If you wish that your endeavors – whether that’s

What did McDonald’s teach me on company building

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In my mind McDonald’s is a prototype of deprecated 20-century style organization and management which doesn’t share much with vibrant and dynamic high-tech companies nowadays. Even so, there are three things in my mind which they nailed exceptionally well that everyone involved in early-stage business should pay very close attention to.

Who sleeps on the right side tonight?

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This is part #2 of my “CEO and a dad” rambling. My wife and I sleep in the same room with our little one – having his baby bed right next to ours placed at 90 degrees along the left side of our bed. This constellation was my wife’s idea, so she can handle things more conveniently at night – without having to actually get up from bed. Our little screamer has a nasty voice pitch, so you can imagine how it looks when he does his C6 a the top of his lungs at 2am – you don’t want to let him “practice” for too long :)

Why I work at Devana

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My life is basically a perfect balance of constant missing something.
When I’m at work – I miss my wife and kid. I miss them a lot. When I’m at home, and during weekends – I miss my buddies at the office. I miss them a lot.
Turns out I’m living my life missing something. Which is probably ok. I think that the best way of finding out if something is acually worthwile your time on this plane is simple lackmus test – do you miss it when you’re not nearby it?

What is the most important trait for a CEO and a dad?

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I’m a father for 16 months now. And a CEO for 8 years, across two different companies. I was (and probably still am) making a myriad of mistakes as a CEO – especially in regards to building my team, culture and processes. Being the one that is looked up to is tough; I want to be a person of very high integrity and positive influence – yet again I somehow managed to make whole gamut of mistakes on every step of the way. In time, and with some help from my friends&peers, I’ve managed to reach certain epiphany on where I went wrong, and to the best of my abilities I’m trying not to make the same mistakes over again.

Koliko ste zadovoljni restoranima u Beogradu?

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Ako smatrate da sa načinom na koji se u beogradskim restoranima odnose prema hrani koju nam serviraju nesto debelo nije u redu i da zapravo jako mali broj njih pruža vrednost za novac — onda se osećate kao i ja. Dobijamo nešto što je pripremljeno sa jako malo pažnje i poštovanja, zapravo rezultat “sklapanja” a ne kulinarskog umeća.