We’re back with part 5 of Overheard in Product—a series where we round up all of the tantalizing conversations from product folks that you may have missed on the web last week.
This week, we talk about emulation as a product strategy, why you need business strategy before content strategy, the Ian Malcolm Question, rude UX, and early bird specials.
Let’s get to it.
The sincerest form of flattery
(Hat tip to Alexandra Edelstein for tweeting it out and getting it in my feed!)
Jesse said, “Emulation as a product strategy is attractive for a lot of reasons. For one, it’s easy. You don’t have to figure anything out; you just copy. It also feels less risky, because other people have already tested the ideas and they work. But this is misleading. In reality, emulation is just as risky as trying something new, and maybe even riskier.”
Folks agree. Jonathan Shariat noted that team struggle can often trace back to “unresolved ambiguity up the chain.”
Adam compares opportunities at a company to mosquitos trapped in amber—in the fact that there are a lot of them.
But, he cautions you to ask 3 important questions that would make Ian Malcolm proud before you jump on any opportunity.
These kinds of questions seem to be going around in Boston: Harvard is embedding ethics into its computer science curriculum, urging the next wave of tech leaders to question not only if you can do something but if you should.
Bonus: Healthy, wealthy, and wise?
Researchers looked through ~700k people’s genomes to identify variations between night owls and early birds and paired it with the data from 85k people wearing activity trackers.
What’d they find?
Genes that were flagged in the study touched everything from your retina to processing stimulants. And it seems like being a morning person can be good for your mental health—self-identified early birds were more likely to report higher levels of overall well-being and lower rates of depression.