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Started Building A New Product
Shared a personal reflection
This Winter break, I embarked on a journey to apply what I've learned so far about Product Management during my first semester at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley.
The best way I found to do this: build a Product.
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I started by thinking about a problem. I wanted to find a problem that I personally encountered as that would make it more fun and motivating for me to solve it.

After finding a couple problems, I went about identifying the user segments that share the problem and would be appropriate to target. I ended up choosing North American University students (specifically undergrads) and interviewed a couple of them to identify:
- Their use cases & the frequency of the activity
- The problems they encounter
- Their work arounds to these problems
- How solving this problem would impact their activity/their experience

With all that data collected, I was able to target the specific problem to solve and its use case. It was different from what I had previously envisioned but it allowed me to format a couple solutions that I refined bit by bit.

Finally, after choosing one, I was able to start planning and implementing the solution. I started by planning my architecture with front end, back end api and database.
After spending 2 days planning a detailed API for the solution, I realized that I was approaching the problem the wrong way. I was planning the product as a whole, without allowing myself to react to change once the project started to be released. Furthermore, I was trying to plan an architecture that would be resilient to change and scale to +1000 concurrent users without even knowing if the product would be used by such an amount that required this type of infrastructure.

Coming from a more technological background this was difficult for me to come to this realization as I felt that I needed the architecture and it would have a positive impact on the user.

-> I asked myself this: what is the most valuable to the user?

The architecture is invisible to the user, a black box. Using tools such as #Supabase I would be able to created an MVP that could scale to at least 100 concurrent users with good loading time and responsiveness (<1s).

My Plan:
1. Create an initial working product (mvp) in a way that allows flexibility for change. Remember to keep it simple.
2. Identify how users react and use the product. Do they return often? What would improve their experience the most? Is scale an issue that has an impact on users' use of the product?
3. Iterate quickly and test to find what works and what doesn't for users.
4. Go back to step 2. is scale/architecture now an issue that needs to be addressed?

Learning points:
- Identifying a problem that is valuable and can be solved
- Releasing a product
- SEO and product marketing
- Tracking metrics and reacting to new users
- Open Api v3
- SvelteKit
- Tailwind Css

Let me know in the comments if you want a part 2 of this journey.
Wrote a Blog Post
Shared a personal reflection
In 2021, I tried to build a product I thought I could grow into a company. It didn't work—but it was exactly what I needed. I just published some of the lessons I learned along the way.

I learned a lot about why the product failed, but the bigger lessons were about me, my relationship to work, and how I cope with doubt and insecurity.

https://mirror.xyz/robbymacdonell.eth/-ZRIctsRIlbHZNie_Cavx24FpQFagqRbno70omAQ1vc
Shared a personal reflection
Wrote a Blog Post
For a long time, I have immersed myself in many success quotes that are biased or irrelevant. In different contexts, success is felt in different ways. In the current generation, motivational content is a well-performing segment of social media and elsewhere.

Read on
Aug 16, 2019
Attended an event
Networked as an introvert
Trezo tech talk about volunteer :D
Nov 13, 2021
Practiced Photography
Watch Fantastic Fungi
Rabbit Hole Explorer
Obtained a Life Goal
Mind was blown
Photographed a Nature
Networked as an introvert
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Fluxus Fungus


"What if our indeterminate way of life was not the shape of our bodies, but the shape of our movements over time? Such indeterminacy expands our concept of human life, showing us how we are transformed by the encounter. Humans and fungi share these transformations here and now through the encounter. Sometimes they look for each other." Anna Tsing


Since my adolescence, I have always been enchanted by the magical universe of fungi and mushrooms. I took some photographs when I was 14 years old, since my first cybershot camera. Found Tuane Eggers work over 12 years ago on Flickr. I was able to send my photos to compose the artist and photographer's final master's project, and couldn't be more proud of the connections that nature, art and the internet can bring us. <3

"Dive into the magical world of fungi. From mushrooms that clean up oil spills to underground fungal networks that help trees communicate: https://www.netflix.com/br/title/81183477"
Nov 12, 2021
Shared a personal reflection
Last January, I set myself a small target of 12 books for the year. As of last week, I had finished my 52nd book. One of my friends recently asked me: "Was I reading the whole book?". The answer is YES! :)

I initially thought one book a month would be a stretch target, but as I started to read, I realised I was enjoying it more and more. So one book a month became one book a week and sometimes two.

🔎 The average person reads around 40-60 pages an hour.
📚 The average book is around 350 pages.
🕰 That's approximately 7 hours a week.
🧘🏻‍♂️ That's one hour of reading a day.

What's also interesting is that I've been keeping notes the whole time using Roam Research. The founder Conor White-O'Sullivan talks about divergence in thinking at the beginning and then convergence near the end. Roam Research acts as a wiki, so it helps you connect your thoughts and ideas. You can then look back and see how your views have evolved.

My only advice for reading is to start. Yes, it will be mentally taxing initially, but once you form the habit, you will find your flow.

What's your favourite book this year?
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