How to Hire a PM

Hate to steal all my content for my Product Management section from one person, but Ken Norton just happens to have a lot of great thoughts on Product Management…

Ken’s written down some of his thoughts on hiring exceptional Product Managers…

For those of you who prefer the Cliffs Notes, here’s the six-point takeaway:

1. Hire all the smart people

2. Strong technical background

3. “Spidey-sense” product instincts and creativity

4. Leadership that’s earned

5. Ability to channel multiple points-of-view

6. Give me someone who’s shipped something

Skype 2.0 Beta

Skype released its 2.0 Beta today…

Among the critiques were some critical thoughts from Om Malik…

Neglecting the technical and regulatory issues called out in Om’s post, he makes some good points about the difficulty of fostering a thriving developer community while at the same time continuing to innovate your product-line. As the product lead for eBay’s Developer Program, our team spends a lot of time walking that fine line between incubating our developer’s innovations while trying not to pilfer them.

Though it is worth noting that few people would have seriously thought that adding video to Skype wasn’t part of the short-term plan; any developers that were building business models around the fact that Skype would not integrate video were being short-sighted to the point where they probably didn’t deserve to be making money off the Skype Developers Program in the first place.

Yahoo! Answers

Well, it was only a matter of time…

Google has Base. Microsoft has Fremont. Now Yahoo! has Answers.

A new service that launched today, Yahoo! Answers is aimed at allowing Internet users to pose questions on the Web that can be answered by real people. Once answered, users “get to pick the best answer and the whole thread is archived and searchable,” according to Jeremy Zawodny of the Yahoo! Search team.

While it doesn’t appear that there is an obvious short-term monetization play in Answers, it is an opportunity for Yahoo! to compete in the race to try to index all of human knowledge and structure all the world’s data…something that if successful shouldn’t be too hard to monetize…

More thoughts after I play around with it for a while…