Building a loyal audience

This blog post was sparked by a few conversations I have had recently on building a loyal audience. One of them was with Justin Carroll from Monastery for the This Mobile Life podcast. Justin is known as “the guy for building high quality audiences for mobile games”. I also spoke to another founder today on why she needs to focus on building a brand and a loyal audience.

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Learn SQL on Khan Academy

I was browsing around on the Khan Academy website looking for some coding courses to do in the holidays. It was recently the “hour of code” challenge and Khan Academy has a number of free online courses. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the “Hour of code” is designed to introduce computer science to students during Computer Science Education week in the U.S. It is organised by the Code.org organisation in Seattle, and it is a movement that has spread around the world. My friends Michael & Chris will also be the first to tell you that SQL is not coding. Nevertheless, the Khan Academy course was a fun introduction for me to learn SQL.

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What’s the best advice you’ve gotten as a product manager?

I was reading this thread on Quora on “What’s the best advice you’ve gotten as a product manager?”. I came across this epic answer which I can relate to. I’ve embedded the advice in full. Its from Varun Singh, PM @ Facebook. He offers 3 pieces of advice. I particularly like the first one which is about product backlog. A backlog is like a to-do list of user stories – things we may do in the future.

The key takeaway from me is that the backlog is based on historical information. It can often be a blackhole where things go in. We dig around there looking for what to build for the next few months. It also takes a lot of mental capacity to look at it and to see the list continue to grow over time. You can waste a lot of time ordering and sorting your product backlog. Whilst it is important to update it regularly to groom your backlog, you must recognise that the product backlog was created at a specific point in time when we had information that was considered current. With new insights & customer feedback, a product manager needs to have the ability to react quickly and be flexible.

I also like his two other pieces of advice which I’ve had to deal with on a regular basis. Deciding what not to build and understanding the wrong reasons to build is critical.

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API First Approach with Raymond Ho – This Mobile Life [Episode 4]

I really enjoyed this podcast interview with Raymond Ho, my brother who’s a web/mobile developer. You’ll get a sense for what we talk about at the dinner table 🙂

With my podcast, I’ve wanted to capture these conversations I have with people – friends, family, people in the industry and expose that to the world. This is the stuff we talk about all the time!

This Mobile Life, Episode 4, API First Approach

This Mobile Life, Episode 4, API First Approach

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