MongoDB's Samuel Weaver on the Feature Fallacy.
In Summary: There's an inflection point where the productivity of a user starts to decline as they take longer to navigate through a product with severe feature bloat.
The way to build truly successful products is to soothe user pain. If you want to capture a loyal customer, find out what their end goal is and make it easy for them to get there.
Pains form the basis of a solution-based roadmap. By understanding root pain, you can pick the best solution and know you are still delighting your end users.
The best products are ones that resonate deeply with their user-base because they make lives easier for people.
Rich Mironov on the 'build vs buy' debate.
In Summary: Commercial software is almost always a bargain (in time and money) versus systems built internally. Product Managers should beware every request to 'do it ourselves' and avoid falling victim to the DIY illusion.
The DIY Illusion is a fundamental misunderstanding of software economics. Claims of uniqueness or a special need to 'roll our own' should be viewed with scepticism.
Faced with a realistic assessment of costs, timelines, risks and product focus, Product Mangers should expect to recommend buying existing software every time.
And what it's worth, by eFounders.
In Summary: In recent months, eFounders have launched 4 SaaS products that made it into the Product Hunt Top 10. As a result they've chosen to document what Product Teams actually get from launching there.
The main thing is you get a lot of traffic to your product, more than from anywhere else. PH's API means you get cross-featured on other platforms too.
Interest can last more than a day, especially if you hit the Top 5 (or even #1), as you get an additional boost from being featured in their newsletters.
Unlike other forums (like Hacker News), visitors from Product Hunt can actually turn into leads. But PH's exact algorithm is a bit of a black box, the most upvotes doesn't guarantee you the #1 spot.
So what is this all actually worth? eFounders reckon a successful launch on Product Hunt is equivalent to €7000 in online advertising. Not bad for a free channel.