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A few weeks ago, I accidentally procrastinated away a whole afternoon watching Thomas Frank, Ali Abdaal and Matt D’Avella videos. The irony of wasting time by watching productivity videos is not lost on me. But I must admit, they are some damn good videos.

I’ve spent a lot of my time recently on user research to refresh two major app features. These ranged from problem discovery conversations up to showcasing wireframes and prototypes.

User research is a skill that all product people should get comfortable with. It’s something that takes a bit more than talking to someone for a set period (admittedly, this was my initial impression of user research 😅).

There is a lot to unpack about user research – hit the like button or comment if you want more!

Here are the key takeaways from my most recent rounds of user research.

Tip 1: It’s ok to be socially awkward 🐢

My journey into Product Management

🤔 The Age-Old Question

What do I want to do? Six simple words that can define what we want to do in the next hour all the way up to the rest of our lives. I’m going to be focusing on the career-version of this question because it’s one that has both caused me a lot of stress as well as leading me to the fulfilling job where I am today.

“What do I want to do?” when it comes to your career is no small question either, considering we spend a good part of our lives at work…

Year 3: Building Resilience and Discovering New Opportunities | October 2019 — December 2020

This post is the last in my three-part series about Generation Entrepreneur. Check out how it all started in my first post here.

🌟 New year, new role (again)

A challenge with volunteer organisations like Generation Entrepreneur is talent retention. I’d argue that we rate highly on a typical employee satisfaction survey, but often, our top talent is ‘forced’ to leave for a full-time job or internship.

The end of 2019 was challenging because both project-leads for the Schools team left the organisation for full-time roles, leaving two large shoes to fill…

Year 2: Hustling Hard and Dreaming Big | October 2018 — September 2019

🎁 New Year, New Role

I believe a lot of us spend our lives looking for an opportunity to put our personal stamp on. Some call it a personal legacy. That opportunity came for me in 2019 when I officially started my new role as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Generation Entrepreneur. Not a lot of 20-year-olds can say that they’ve had a stint in a C-Suite position, so that was a pretty good boost for my self-esteem.

I was excited to work with the team I’d grown so close to…

Year 1: Shaking Hands and Making Friends | October 2017 — September 2018

October 17 2020, marked my 3rd anniversary at Generation Entrepreneur (affectionately known as Gen E). Thank you, LinkedIn, for reminding me because time does fly!

Generation Entrepreneur is a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to empower our youth through entrepreneurship. We run hackathons, school workshops and online competitions just for high school students.

It’s the place where I spent the majority of my free time during university, the place that has opened lots of doors for my career and most importantly, the place where I found a sense of purpose alongside a group of like-minded people.

This is the first…

Product management seems to be one of the hottest, most-coveted roles out there in the world today. When a role advertises itself as “CEO of the product” and “pathway to startup founder”, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of hype around it. Since my early university days, I aspired to be a product manager. It seemed like an elusive and exciting world — one that I didn’t expect to join until much later in my career.

I recently came across a thread from where one user suggested that the “best bet” to move into a PM role is…

In this week’s Wrap, we bid farewell to Game of Thrones binge sessions and venture through the treacherous lands of the US markets, take a look at some new characters (aka IPOs) and catch up with Andy, a Stake trader.

Top 5 Deal Making Stocks on Stake

1. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) +14.99% in last 5 days

2. Walt Disney (DIS) + 14.25%

3. Dow Chemical Company (DOW) +3.52%

4. DowDupont (DWDP) +1.02%

5. Chevron Corporation (CVX) -4.99%

Dividing, Combining and Conquering

All eyes are on Westeros, but there’s another battle waging in the US.

1. Seeing…Triple?

In early 2017, we saw the merger of Dow Chemical and Dupont as they banded…

First published April 3, 2018 by Matt Leibowitz, Founder & CEO of Stake

Pack your ear plugs, bring your helmet and strap yourself in, because this one’s going to be wild.

Spotify is by far the most interesting IPO and no Australians are talking about it. Well, this Australian is.

Spotify (SPOT) is listing on the NYSE on Tuesday, 3 April (US time, so Wednesday 4th in Australia). And the listing isn’t interesting because it’s listing on the US market when it’s a European business. This is normal for the world’s largest companies — they go to the US for…

This week we play the slots with a Chinese equities brokerage, rummage through the cupboard for some valuable Patagonia vests, hang with a Stake customer and deal with another Silicon Valley IPO.

Top 5 Casino Stocks Trading on Stake

Gaming stocks have been on a roll since late last year. Respect to those Stake traders who took a chance on some of these casino stocks this week.

  • Wynn Resorts Limited (WYNN) +14.99%
  • Melco Resorts & Entertainment (MLCO) + 14.25%
  • Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS) +7.90%
  • Penn National Gaming (PENN) +3.79%
  • Vail Resorts Inc (MTN) +3.56%

To trade with the punters, check out these gaming stocks.


For any…


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