Early stage startups don’t generally need a discrete product management function, a point I’ve made here. As startups scale, however, most do add product managers to help them deal with increased complexity. Like any major organisational change, the process of adding product management to a scaling startup is at once transformative and full of challenges. At Frank & Oak, a Montreal-based e-tailer, we’ve recently gone through this exact transition. As Head of Product Management, I’ve

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I've met with dozens of folks over the past months who are interested in the Singapore startup scene. The questions they asked were often similar, so I thought I would take a crack at writing up my standard responses. For the record, this post is not meant to replace a good coffee chat, just to make those chats even more productive and interesting. ORIENTATION Q: How can I learn more about the scene from the internet?

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The law of the excluded middle states that: "for any proposition, either that proposition is true, or its negation is". I've been thinking about this philosophical pearl as it applies to the holy grail of startup propositions: " has achieved product/market fit". A strict interpretation of the rule makes the proposition black and white, i.e., either you've achieved product/market fit or else you haven't. In practice things are murkier, and therein lies the issue. If there's one

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