Top 10 African Startups to Watch in 2022

As we near the end of 2021, it’s absolutely incredible to me how quickly some startup ecosystems have grown over the past 3 years.  And, even more incredible to me is how much they’ve grown in spite of (or in some cases, because of) the pandemic.  Africa is certainly no exception. This is my 3rd edition of the Top 10 African Startups to Watch and 2021 was the year the region truly caught 🔥 🔥 Read more…

Top 10 Pakistani Startups to Watch in 2022

When I began writing my “Startups to Watch” posts several years ago, I started with China and India, uncovering many startups that have now gone on to become unicorns (and, in the near future, some likely decacorns). As I continued my writing on startups, I expanded my view to Latin America and Africa, which today are among the fastest-growing regions for startups. Africa, especially, is having an incredible 2021, with multiple companies reaching unicorn valuations Read more…

Recognizing and Avoiding Team Burnout

At a startup, you’re always in a battle against time. You’re racing to find product-market fit. You’re sprinting to grow revenue ahead of a new fundraising round. You’re hustling to launch new features and deliver value to your customers faster than any of your competitors. Unsurprisingly, the nature of startups and, more specifically, the development teams at those startups very often leads to burnout.  Over the 4 startups I’ve worked at, I’ve seen burn-out at Read more…

Why Product Managers Need Continuous Research

For anyone who’s ever been a Product Manager, I don’t need to tell you that it’s a busy, noisy, challenging, mile-a-minute, exciting, and often, pretty stressful job.  You’re trying to balance long-term strategic vision with short-term deadlines. You’re trying to ship value to users and drive outcomes for your company while keeping your team focused, informed, and not overwhelmed. In this difficult environment, many junior (and often senior) Product Managers often leave user research behind Read more…

So You’re Returning to Work… The Do’s and Don’ts of a Hybrid World

More than 1 year ago, I wrote: “How to Be a Great Remote Product Manager.” Little did I know that we’d be living in a remote-only world for more than a year! How to Be a Great *Remote* Product ManagerIt’s easier than ever today to go remote in tech. But it takes serious effort to be a Great Remote Product Manager…blog.usejournal.com But, things are changing again and they are changing FAST!  As of 4/24/21, more Read more…

Top 10 Middle East Startups to Watch in 2021

There were certainly a lot of ups and downs in 2020 to stay the least. A LOT of things changed around the world. Many businesses failed, but some startups thrived. I’m excited to write about many of the incredibly impressive startups in the Middle East and North Africa that you need to watch in 2021. These startups not only survived the pandemic but thrived in it, managing to grow incredibly quickly by meeting and exceeding Read more…

Don’t Be a One-Man Wolfpack: Building Rapport with Your Designers and Engineers

Starting out as a Product Manager, there will be a lot to soak in. It might be daunting. It might be nerve-wracking. But you probably didn’t break into PM thinking that it’s easy (at least I hope you didn’t). It would have been far better to have found at least some kind of alignment with your role, your team, and your company. What were all those interviews for? That’s the beauty of onboarding. Jumping into the Read more…

What Makes Notion So Effective?

Notion is an all-in-one workspace. It allows you to take notes, manage projects and other tasks. There are many products that offer these functionalities individually. But none of them offers everything in one place. Before using Notion, My go-to apps were Evernote & Google Docs for taking notes, Google Keep for to-do lists, and Trello for project management. My search for an all in one app came to an end with Notion. Why is Notion one of my Read more…