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A few weeks ago, my wife came up to me, jumping with joy. She usually is a little joy-jumper anyway, but this was more than the usual joyous, and more than the extra jumpy! I mean this was “deserves-an-In-N-Out-celebration” level of joy jumping!

What was it that had excited her so? Was it a promotion? Another colleague had another baby? She won a small lottery?


She had just found out that she had been made a Community Leader on a big Fishbowl community called “Women in Consulting”!

Afterwards, basking in the afterglow of that animal-style-secret-sauce-magic, we got to talking…

5 Lessons I Learnt as a PM at a Slackbot startup

Bots are the new gold

All the hype surrounding bots has created an enviable momentum in the industry. But it is still, at the end of the day, a very nascent industry. And like in any gold rush, you can either be mining for gold (in which case you need a system to generate insights and execute on them, or luck) or selling pickaxes.

Update (4/6/2017): Pogo is now Memo!

The Journey So Far

It’s been an exciting first few months for Pogo!

Since we announced the beta in July, we’ve had thousands of teams sign up and use Pogo in ways that we hadn’t even imagined! We have:

  • PokemonGo teams saving their gym details to Pogo so that they know which Pokemon is where, and coordinate attacks and defenses
  • Teachers saving resources they want to share with their students
  • Dungeons & Dragons players using Pogo to save and organize their maps and other details
  • DevOps teams using Pogo to manage their team’s knowledge of their servers
  • and many more use cases that we couldn’t even…

Facebook’s woes with people sharing original content (e.g. status updates, notes) have put the highlight on the war between the giants for original content. Linkedin’s acquisitions and subsequent integrations of Pulse and Slideshare were some of the first moves made by them, and recently Facebook has been making moves in that direction too — small ones such as larger font on personal status updates as well as large ones like the MSQRD acquisition. They are the giants in this war. Ultimately content producers will accumulate around the platforms with the better products.

And each brings their own arsenal of weapons to the battle

However, two relatively younger companies have very unique…

The Wikipedia definition of affordance is “a relation between an object … and an organism that, through a collection of stimuli, affords the opportunity for that organism to perform an action.”

Considering the idea to be the object and the person who has the idea to be the organism, I can think of a few actions:

  • articulation (e.g. writing it down, sketching it, putting it on a post it)
  • sharing (e.g. writing it down, and then showing it to your friends / peers / world)
  • manipulation (i.e. connecting it to your pre-existing knowledge tree, combining it with another idea or…

Slack really gets me excited. Really, really, excited.

I’ve been using and evangelizing Slack since Oct 2014, when we started using it for our student community at the School of Information, UC Berkeley. My love affair with the product has matured from the love-at-first-experience then to a more nuanced and deeper long-term relationship now.

Over the last few months, I have seen it evolve into much more than a “glorified IRC chat client” that many people mistook it to be when it first emerged and completely justify the 2M daily active users and its astronomical valuation. It has grown from “just” team chat done right to become the…

Samudra Neelam Bhuyan

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