Four things I learned by failing at building a product

This is the story of how I failed to build a product. I believe to this date that we had a great idea (and the current market proves that), and we put together a good team. Why, then, did I still fail? I had this great idea that came about when trying to solve a … 

 

Agile planning and the law of diminishing returns

The post that follows is the translation of a post I originally wrote in Portuguese back in June 2010. I found that these issues are still very much current, even in light of (or perhaps even more so because of) current trends such as the #noestimates movement. I also found that in a rare case … 

 

Playing conkers and building products

An eleven years old boy sits patiently in the school’s secretary waiting for his form tutor to come to pick him up. It is his first day of school, after moving with his parents from Brazil to England. When the teacher finally arrives, running ten minutes late, they rush off to the gym where the … 

 

Five Things

Things I like the most from the list (in no particular order): Decide core KPIs for projects at Zapier Learn a new skill to fill in a gap on your team Use Sketch/Photoshop/etc. to design user flows and wireframes Do support at Zapier Dream up the future of Zapier, inspire and motivate your teammates Things … 

 

A Project From 0 to Finish

Project: “Ask Friends to Categorize Me” for Smileyfish Description Smileyfish was a “social discovery” website that people would visit to meet new people. We would access users’ Facebook profiles and attempt to select new people for them to meet using a variety of algorithms. We were always looking for always to increase user engagement and …