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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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It looks like I'm a few days late to proclaim 2013 the year for Southeast Asia startups. Props to my old colleague Michael Smith and Asia's best tech writer Jon Russell for nailing that, and yes of course I agree wholeheartedly. That's why we're here! But while we're on the topic of what's hot in 2013, I like to add the penetration of lean startup into the enterprise as another space to watch. This trend

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It's hard to believe that it's been less than half a year since I left the cozy confines of Yahoo to join the Pollenizer roller coaster. It's been an amazing learning experience on a personal and professional level. As the year draws to a close, I thought I'd share some reflections. This post focuses on my experience opening Pollenizer's Singapore office. For bigger picture reflections on how Pollenizer sees the world these days, please check out

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I recently had the privilege of judging at Startup Weekend Manila. The experience got me thinking about what makes a great Startup Weekend pitch. Those thoughts turned in to a blog post, which was published on thebobbery, a tech blog and website focused on the Philippines startup scene. Here's the same post, reprinted with permission. For the original post, click here. 8 Tips for Winning a Startup Weekend   Explain why your solution makes sense -

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We're pleased to announce the first: Blk 71  Block Party A Monthly Gathering for Blk 71 Denizens and Their Friends   Event Details When: Sept. 21 @ 5 PM (to be continued on the 3rd Friday of every month) Where: Outside Blk 71, near where the Smove cars are parked What: Free beer and satay (while supplies last) What else: meet and mingle with the awesome Singapore startup people working out of Blk 71 Why:

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Pollenizer has now been up and running in Singapore for about a month. We've been doing all the things you might expect for our first few weeks of work -- introducing ourselves to key players in the ecosystem, flying to Sydney for some fast paced knowledge transfer, and sorting out the best lunch options around Block 71. (Not so many as it turns out, but we do like the nasi goreng stall). Now that we

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