Addison Huddy Data, Systems, & Product Management

Going on a product hunt - Alfred

Every Wednesday, Pivotal Labs Product Managers gather over lunch. Sometimes we discuss a book we have been reading. Other times we discuss a particular client’s product and offer feedback. Recently we have been trying a bit of an experiment: we critique products on Product Hunt. Informally, we have started to refer to these exercises as “product hunts.” For 60 minutes, we dissect the product, business model, and technology, and throw our thoughts on a mural...

Why Executives Need To Embrace Experimentation

Funding New Products: Why Executives Need To Embrace Experimentation There is no question that the game has changed, and it is going to keep changing faster and faster. Making software (and recently hardware too) is easier and faster than ever before. A motivated team, using modern software methodologies and a network of services, has the power and ability to compete with any large enterprise. Today, the only competitive advantage is the ability to learn faster....

Bank Account Verification

One of the biggest obstacles facing innovation in the financial services industry is making it easier for verified and permissioned 3rd parties to access a customer’s DDA (Demand-Deposit-Account). Services like PayPal try to get customers to connect their DDA’s to help avoid credit card network fees. These companies are relatively successful at this because they simply pass on that fee to the customer. The currently acceptable process to permission a 3rd party to access a...

First GoPro Video (Grand Canyon 2013)

6 Ways To Validate A Product Idea

(aka. Learn about your future customers without spending a lot of money -> build something people actually want) My mind tends to run wild with random ideas. A few times a week, I am either building out a business idea using Lean Canvas or sketching a new product in my favorite journal. But an idea is nothing until it has been validated. In an amazing example of Quora doing what Quora does best, Keith Rabois...