Sven Lenaerts joins us to share his expertise on product design and user experience. This conversation includes some thoughts on MVPs, when to hire a designer, and what a product person really does.
"To be able to make an app profitable you need to have significant traction."
"Building an app can get expensive really, really quickly."
"The most successful products have one core differentiator that makes them stand out."
"Even if you have significant traction right now, you're still not a clear winner at building a viable business."
"With minimum viable product people often get the minimum aspect wrong and the viable aspect wrong."
"9 out of 10 times you should say no to your own product idea bc you discover it's already been built."
"I like to use a month as a timeline to see if things work."
"It's my job to balance internal and external stakeholders. More often you're saying no to the client."
"The best product people are really good communicators."
"Different stakeholders speak a different language. Technical person + a designer use very different terms."
"Building a scalable product from day one might be a much more expensive solution than validating your MVP."
"It's really interesting how different segments of people interact differently with a product."
"What used to be YouTube famous is now Vine famous."
"It's very normal that the first couple times you interact with a designer it's probably going to suck."