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Honored two years in a row as a top tech podcast by The Webby Awards, CRAFTED. is show about great products and the people who make them. Featuring incredible founders, innovators, and makers that reveal how they've built game-changing products — and how you can, too.

What trade-offs did they make? What experiments did they run? And what was the moment when they knew they were on to something BIG?

Hosted by Dan Blumberg, an entrepreneur, product leader, and public radio host with chops as both a technologist and as a public radio host. Dan has founded startups and led product releases and growth initiatives at LinkedIn, The New York Times, and as a consultant to big banks and startups. Before getting into tech, Dan produced and guest hosted WNYC's Morning Edition, the most listened to show on the country's largest NPR station.

Listen to CRAFTED. to find out what it *really* takes to build great products and companies.

CRAFTED‪.‬ Modern Product Minds

    • Technology
    • 4.0 • 40 Ratings

Honored two years in a row as a top tech podcast by The Webby Awards, CRAFTED. is show about great products and the people who make them. Featuring incredible founders, innovators, and makers that reveal how they've built game-changing products — and how you can, too.

What trade-offs did they make? What experiments did they run? And what was the moment when they knew they were on to something BIG?

Hosted by Dan Blumberg, an entrepreneur, product leader, and public radio host with chops as both a technologist and as a public radio host. Dan has founded startups and led product releases and growth initiatives at LinkedIn, The New York Times, and as a consultant to big banks and startups. Before getting into tech, Dan produced and guest hosted WNYC's Morning Edition, the most listened to show on the country's largest NPR station.

Listen to CRAFTED. to find out what it *really* takes to build great products and companies.

    New Frontiers of Health: AI, Psychedelics, the Gut-Brain Axis, and More! | Live from SXSW

    New Frontiers of Health: AI, Psychedelics, the Gut-Brain Axis, and More! | Live from SXSW

    Software, hardware, and biotechnology are playing an increasingly transformative role in our mental health and wellness. On this episode of CRAFTED., recorded live on the “Next” stage at SXSW, we discuss what investors look for in these new companies and how they separate what’s real — and what’s near-term — from what’s hype. 

    On stage with host Dan Blumberg are:
    Amy Kruse, General Partner & Chief Investment Officer at Satori Neuro, and a trained neuroscientistMatias Serebrinsky, Co-founder and General Partner at PsyMed Ventures, and the host of Business Trip, which is a great podcast if you want to go even deeper on these topics. Listen at businesstrip.fm Christie Nicholson, Founder of Studio Lumina, and the co-host for this panel
    We’ll explore AI-powered tools for mental health, the new area of “enerceuticals” (energy replacing the “pharma”), psychedelics, and why what’s in your gut is so important to your mental state. Hear from investment experts who have a wide view of this growing startup landscape and better understand which new ventures are likely to succeed.

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    Key Moments:

    [03:18] Recent advances in biotech and why advances in data and AI are helping biology become a more “mature” science

    [05:30] Why AI is overhyped, but also where it’s not

    [09:07] Why psychedelics are overhyped, but also where they’re not

    [11:24] What’s real and amazing: brain-computer interfaces, e.g. humans controlling robotic arms with the minds

    [13:55] What’s real and amazing: precision psychiatry and neuroscience

    [15:42] The emerging field of “enerceuticals” -- using energy instead of drugs, e.g. low intensity focused ultrasound

    [17:47] Neuroplasticity: our brains can change!

    [23:01] Mental health, the gut-brain axis, and food as medicine

    [34:58] The business models of bio tech startups and how to know when a company is making progress on a years-long effort


    CRAFTED. is brought to you in partnership with Docker, which helps developers build, share, run and verify applications anywhere – without environment confirmation or management. More than 20 million developers worldwide use Docker's suite of development tools, services and automations to accelerate the delivery of secure applications. Learn more at Docker.com

    CRAFTED. is produced by Modern Product Minds, where my team and I can help you take a new product from zero to one... and beyond. We specialize in early stage product discovery, growth, and experimentation. Learn more at modernproductminds.com 

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    • 43 min
    How BetterUp Leverages AI + Human Coaches to Help People and Companies Flourish | Gabriella Rosen Kellerman (Chief Product and Innovation Officer)

    How BetterUp Leverages AI + Human Coaches to Help People and Companies Flourish | Gabriella Rosen Kellerman (Chief Product and Innovation Officer)

    Dr. Gabriella Rosen Kellerman is the Chief Product and Innovation Officer at BetterUp, a multi-billion dollar startup that helps people and companies level up. Through a combination of human coaching and AI, BetterUp is able to offer the kind of executive coaching that used to be reserved for... executives. 
     On this episode of CRAFTED. we dig into how BetterUp ships new products, proves they work, and what's next… 
    Key Moments:
    [2:23 - 7:27] How BetterUp helps companies and employees level up
    [7:27 - 11:15] How BetterUp build products — and why they have more than the typical product trio of product/design/engineering
    [11:15 - 14:22] Launching the Group Coaching product, testing it, and scaling it (during the pandemic) 
    [14:22 - 17:42] “Kids in the candy store” – how BetterUp is building with GenAI after so many years of building with GOFAI (good old fashioned AI)
    [17:42 - 20:38] Challenges as BetterUp has scaled up and what’s next for the company
    [20:38 - 22:26] The “whitewater world of work” and what makes Gabriella optimistic about the future

    The book: Tomorrowmind 
    — CRAFTED. is brought to you in partnership with Docker, which helps developers build, share, run and verify applications anywhere – without environment confirmation or management. More than 20 million developers worldwide use Docker's suite of development tools, services and automations to accelerate the delivery of secure applications. Learn more at Docker.com
    CRAFTED. is produced by Modern Product Minds, where my team and I can help you take a new product from zero to one... and beyond. We specialize in early stage product discovery, growth, and experimentation. Learn more at modernproductminds.com 
    Subscribe to CRAFTED., follow the show, and sign up for the newsletter 👉 Crafted.fm

    • 23 min
    Making Music With AI – And Doing So Ethically | Diaa El All, Founder & CEO of Soundful

    Making Music With AI – And Doing So Ethically | Diaa El All, Founder & CEO of Soundful

    Diaa El All is the founder and CEO of Soundful, which enables anyone to create brand new music in just a few seconds with AI. And on this episode of CRAFTED., we are literally making music.

    We’re also talking about the ethics of using AI to make music. Diaa has been very outspoken about what he sees as the misguided practices of other AI+music companies that train their models by just scraping the web. At Soundful, they’ve taken a different approach: they are painstakingly building their own proprietary data by recording musicians playing one note at a time and then layering the notes to create music that sounds better than if you’d just sampled songs. 
    “We've done it. There is a way where technological advancement and working with the rights-holders and protecting them can co-exist together.” 

    We discuss:
    * Why Diaa stands with the music industry against what he sees as other companies' move fast & break things approach to AI 
    * Diaa’s background as a classical musician, DJ, ghost producer, and founder
    * How Soundful built its data and how it layers sounds together to make music
    * Soundful’s origin story and how it emerged from Diaa’s work with AI and marketing automation
    * Why humans are so important when making music 
    * Why music theory rules are important to follow – except when they’re not!
    * What to expect next… and how incredible AI voice cloning has become

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    CRAFTED. is brought to you in partnership with Docker, which helps developers build, share, run and verify applications anywhere – without environment confirmation or management. More than 20 million developers worldwide use Docker's suite of development tools, services and automations to accelerate the delivery of secure applications. 

    CRAFTED. is produced by Modern Product Minds, where Dan Blumberg and team advise companies on product, discovery, growth, and experimentation. 

    Subscribe to CRAFTED., follow the show, and sign up for the newsletter 👉 Crafted.fm

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    Key Moments:

    [02:01] Ethical AI in Music Creation: How Soundful builds its AI ethically, avoiding training on copyrighted materials and using proprietary data.
    [05:00] Diaa’s journey from Cairo to the Royal Academy of London, and his various roles in the music industry before founding Soundful
    [07:02] Soundful’s origin story
    [10:10] Soundful's music creation process, including the use of music theory rules and proprietary data sets to generate tracks
    [12:08] How Soundful manages the non-deterministic nature of AI to ensure unique, high-quality music outputs for users.
    [14:36] How Soundful levels people up and why he’s so excited to level up that great singer who is not yet a great producer
    [17:00] The hardest part of building Soundful - working with the music industry and winning their acceptance
    [21:55] Predictions for the future, including advancements in voice cloning and the potential for democratizing creative opportunities.

    • 28 min
    Asana’s Head of AI on the Profound Ways Work Is Changing | Paige Costello (Head of AI & Co-Head of Product Management at Asana)

    Asana’s Head of AI on the Profound Ways Work Is Changing | Paige Costello (Head of AI & Co-Head of Product Management at Asana)

    Paige Costello is the the head of AI and co-head of product at Asana and on this episode of CRAFTED. we're exploring what it means to ship products with AI, how AI will change the way work gets done, and how to organize your teams for success in this brave new world.

    We explore:
    How the future of work – and communicating about work – is changingWhy Asana chose to create an “AI org” instead of a less centralized innovation approachHow Asana ships — and measures the success of — AI-powered features, e.g. SmartStatus, that aim to take the drudgery out of workHow product management is changing with the rise of AIWhy running an A/B test is harder when a non-deterministic (i.e. unpredictable by design) GenAI tool is involvedWhy it’s so important to “get out of the building” and some of Paige’s favorite user research moments from doing soThe latest with “PaigeBot” and what Paige hopes AI can do for her***
    CRAFTED. is brought to you in partnership with Docker, which helps developers build, share, run and verify applications anywhere – without environment confirmation or management. More than 20 million developers worldwide use Docker's suite of development tools, services and automations to accelerate the delivery of secure applications. 

    CRAFTED. is produced by Modern Product Minds, where Dan Blumberg and team advise companies on product, discovery, growth, and experimentation. 

    Subscribe to CRAFTED., follow the show, and sign up for the newsletter 👉 Crafted.fm

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    Key Moments:

    [02:17] AI-generated status reports: How Asana summarizes a project – or many projects – using AI. And why it needs to do so carefully. 
    [05:00] How to organize for innovation: How Asana organizes its teams to integrate AI and the strategies they employ for effective AI implementation.
    [09:06] How AI will change the role of product managers and why the stochastic nature of AI will be something we all have to get used to
    [14:26] Challenges of prototyping and scaling AI
    [16:07] How Asana uses AI internally and how it dogfoods its own products
    [18:17] Profound implications of AI + the future of work
    [22:20] Will AI really help product managers get out of the building more? Or do we just find new excuses not to? And what Paige finds so powerful about “being in someone’s space”
    [25:32] An update on “PaigeBot” and what Paige wishes a bot would do for her

    • 31 min
    How to Grow Your Startup. Featuring “Growth Levers and How to Find Them” Author and Startup Advisor Matt Lerner (Founder & CEO, SYSTM)

    How to Grow Your Startup. Featuring “Growth Levers and How to Find Them” Author and Startup Advisor Matt Lerner (Founder & CEO, SYSTM)

    “So if you take any great startup and look backwards, you'll see that 90 percent of their growth came from like 10 percent of the stuff that they tried. So how do you find that 10 percent as quickly as possible?”

    Matt Lerner has advised hundreds of startups on how to grow. Now, the CEO of SYSTM has written a book called Growth Levers and How to Find Them where he shares his approach. This episode of CRAFTED. is full of actionable advice on how you can grow your products and companies. Matt will tell us about the mindset shift founders need to make from thinking about their products to thinking about their customers needs. We'll talk about jobs-to-be-done (JTBD) style interviewing and why it's such a powerful approach, but also why at first Matt was put off by some of the overly academic language that often goes with jobs. And we'll talk about how you can get new customers to that aha moment as quickly as possible, so they stick with your product. Plus, lots of real talk about founders and the mistakes they make. 

    Welcome to CRAFTED., a show about great products and the people who make them. CRAFTED. brings you stories of founders, makers, and innovators that reveal how they've built game changing products and how you can too.

    Key Moments:
    [0:00] Intro[2:20] 90 percent of growth comes 10 percent of the stuff you try[3:53] Over-thinkers, under-thinkers, and delegators: the 3 types of founders and the mistakes they make[7:40] Why the pace of learning is so important[9:51] Great examples of companies that learn quickly[10:52] The “locksmith moment” and why you need to find yours[12:45] Jobs-to-be-Done style interviewing and why it’s so effective[14:07] How to do a JTBD interview[16:05] The mindset shift founders need to make from thinking about their product to thinking about the customers’ needs – and why it’s so hard for them to do so[21:24] Growth Sprints and how to set them up for success[25:07] Retention and customer activation: still (!) overlooked by most and why it’s so critical[29:00] Matt writes a blog post on the spot about how working at an oil refinery taught him about startups[31:36] Writing a book is not an agile process! And the fantastic reception for Growth Levers—
    CRAFTED. is produced by Modern Product Minds, where host Dan Blumberg also advises companies on product discovery, growth, and experimentation. Learn more and sign up for the CRAFTED. newsletter at modernproductminds.com 

    CRAFTED. is sponsored by Artium, a next generation software development consultancy that combines elite human craftsmanship and artificial intelligence. See how Artium can help you build your future at artium.ai


    More on Matt Lerner:
    His company: SYSTMThe book: Growth Levers and How to Find Them

    • 33 min
    The April Fool’s Gag That Presaged the Future of Product Management | Janna Bastow (Founder & CEO of ProdPad & Founder, Mind The Product)

    The April Fool’s Gag That Presaged the Future of Product Management | Janna Bastow (Founder & CEO of ProdPad & Founder, Mind The Product)

    On April 1st, 2013, ProdPad promised something revolutionary: “We now take your backlog of ideas, and with highly advanced big data crunching algorithm technology, automagically render a complete and accurate product roadmap. [...] The Auto-Roadmap Tool not only builds itself, but also covers for the hardest part of the Product Manager’s job: Getting complete buy-in from your team.”

    Amazing! And product managers wrote in with unbridled excitement itching to get their hands on this incredible tool.
    Except… this was obviously an April Fool’s joke, right!? 

    Well, fast forward to today and it ain’t a joke! ProdPad is building these automagical abilities right now. Thanks to Generative AI, this absurdist joke has become reality (though not yet the part about magically getting buy-in from your fussy stakeholders... that's in the 2.0 version :) 

    On this episode of CRAFTED., Janna Bastow, the founder and CEO of ProdPad, founder of Mind The Product, inventor of the now-next-later roadmap, and an April Fool's prankster you need to keep your eye on describes what a great roadmap is, how AI is freeing up product people to do more meaningful work, and what the future of product management will entail (getting out of the building more!). 

    Welcome to CRAFTED., a show about great products and the people who make them. 

    Sign up for the CRAFTED. newsletter and explore past episodes at modernproductminds.com

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    CRAFTED. is sponsored by Artium, a next generation software development consultancy that combines elite human craftsmanship and artificial intelligence. See how Artium can help you build your future at artium.ai. 

    • 25 min

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