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Welcome to "*Minimum Viable Podcast*" – a new podcast and content series that goes beyond the surface to explore the depths of product creation. Each episode, hosted by Elliott Poppel, is a masterclass in innovation, combining deep insights, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and hands-on product analysis. From the psychology of user behavior to the aesthetics of design, from the cutting edge of technology to the timeless principles of storytelling, MVP leaves no stone unturned in its quest to uncover the secrets of product success.

What sets MVP apart is its commitment to providing listeners w

Minimum Viable Podcast, by General Collaboration Elliott Poppel

    • Technology

Welcome to "*Minimum Viable Podcast*" – a new podcast and content series that goes beyond the surface to explore the depths of product creation. Each episode, hosted by Elliott Poppel, is a masterclass in innovation, combining deep insights, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and hands-on product analysis. From the psychology of user behavior to the aesthetics of design, from the cutting edge of technology to the timeless principles of storytelling, MVP leaves no stone unturned in its quest to uncover the secrets of product success.

What sets MVP apart is its commitment to providing listeners w

    Unifying Your Founder Story and Company Story When Building a B2B Product, with Andrew Rea

    Unifying Your Founder Story and Company Story When Building a B2B Product, with Andrew Rea

    The latest episode of Minimum Viable Podcast features Andrew Rea. Andrew grew up in Ohio and was the first in his family to attend college. With a whole lot of grit and hard work, he worked his way into the tech scene. He became an early team member at On Deck and later served as Head of Growth at Capital, where he played a key role in initiatives like New York Tech Week. These days Andrew is working on his next big thing, a venture-backed startup building products to solve state and international tax & compliance burdens for scaling companies.

    During this conversation, Andrew opened up about the highs and lows of being a young founder building a B2B product. If you're a founder looking to create a brand story that connects with your audience on a deeper level, this episode is full of actionable advice. Andrew doesn't hold back in sharing the lessons he's learned on his journey - from the importance of grounding your story in customer conviction, to why brand building needs to be a priority from day one.

    • 42 min
    Finding Product-Market Fit in the Age of AI, with Venture Capitalist Jeff Bussgang

    Finding Product-Market Fit in the Age of AI, with Venture Capitalist Jeff Bussgang

    Jeff Bussgang is a veteran entrepreneur, investor, and educator, currently serving as Co-Founder and General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, a seed-stage venture capital firm based in Boston and New York City. With over two decades of experience in the startup world, Jeff has been on both sides of the table as an entrepreneur (Upromise, Open Market) and as an investor in numerous successful companies. He also shares his insights with the next generation of business leaders as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he has taught entrepreneurship for the past 12 years.

    On this episode of the Minimum Viable Podcast, Jeff and I had a fascinating conversation about the role of AI in the startup world. He shared eye-opening insights and practical advice on how founders and product managers can make the most of AI to supercharge their decision-making, product development, and overall company success. Our discussion really drove home the point that AI isn't just another passing fad – it's a seismic shift that's fundamentally transforming the way startups operate.

    • 46 min
    Dev Bala, Coursera's VP of Product — The Keys to Developing Strong Product Judgment

    Dev Bala, Coursera's VP of Product — The Keys to Developing Strong Product Judgment

    Dev Bala is a seasoned product executive with over 20 years of experience at some of the world's most influential technology companies. He has led product teams at Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, and currently serves as Vice President of Product Management at Coursera. Throughout his career, Dev has honed his ability to make tough decisions in fast-paced, high-stakes environments.



    In this episode of the Minimum Viable Podcast, Dev and I explored the essence of what it takes to be an effective product leader. Through candid reflections on his career journey, Dev illuminates the critical role that decision-making plays in driving product success. He shares hard-won lessons about the courage required to put users first, the strategic thinking needed to balance competing priorities, and the wisdom to know when to take calculated risks. Dev's insights underscore that great product leadership is not just about having the right answers, but about asking the right questions, learning from failure, and rallying teams around a shared vision. Whether you're navigating the challenges of a startup or the complexities of a large organization, Dev's experiences offer a roadmap for making tough calls with confidence and integrity.

    • 51 min
    The Pitfalls of Over-Optimizing Your Digital Workspace | Insights from Tem Nugmanov, Founder & CEO of Optemization

    The Pitfalls of Over-Optimizing Your Digital Workspace | Insights from Tem Nugmanov, Founder & CEO of Optemization

    Tem Nugmanov, Founder & CEO of Optemization was my guest on the Minimum Viable Podcast this week. He shared a story with me about a hard-hitting question he was asked by some VC and founder types during LA Tech Week:

    "If you come across a Notion workspace that's a 4 out of 5, how do you make it a perfect 5?"

    It's a question that makes you think about a big issue in digital workspace design - the dangers of over-optimization. With tools like Notion that let you customize everything, it's super easy to get sucked into tweaking and perfecting, trying to chase that perfect 5/5 workspace. But when do the benefits start to fade? When does all that complexity actually start to slow you down?

    In this episode, we dive into keeping things simple in digital workspace design. We'll look at the psychology behind why we love to over-optimize, the pros and cons of Notion's flexibility, and why simplicity is ultimately the secret to a workspace that helps you get stuff done. Because as Tem puts it, "There is a diminishing return. At some point, you just have to draw the line and use the workflow, and that's going to be good enough."

    • 53 min
    Translating Design Principles from Physical Spaces to Software with David Fano, CEO at Teal

    Translating Design Principles from Physical Spaces to Software with David Fano, CEO at Teal

    Welcome to "Minimum Viable Podcast" – a new podcast and content series that goes beyond the surface to explore the depths of product creation. Each episode, hosted by Elliott Poppel, is a masterclass in innovation, combining deep insights, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and hands-on product analysis.

    In our first episode, host Elliott Poppel interviews David Fano, the founder of Teal. David shares his journey from being an architect to becoming a product leader in the tech industry.

    Key takeaways:

    - Designers must avoid the trap of designing for themselves and prioritize understanding user motivations and needs.

    - Techniques like Jobs-to-be-Done and empathy mapping can help uncover deeper user insights to inform design decisions.

    - Iterative design and user testing are essential for validating assumptions and ensuring products meet user needs over pure aesthetics.

    - Fostering a user-centric culture through cross-functional collaboration and design thinking methodologies is key to embedding user-centricity at every organizational level.

    - Ultimately, putting the user first requires a relentless focus on understanding and meeting evolving user needs, as the user is everything in product design.



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    Minimum Viable Podcast is presented by General Collaboration and hosted by Elliott Poppel.

    Produced by Thursday Labs



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    • 47 min

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