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Building a Design Function

Building a Design Function
Audrey Crane is a Partner at DesignMap, and has worked with companies like Salesforce, Docker, NetApp, and eBay over her 25 years in tech. In this guide, she explains how to build out a design function, including how many designers you need, what skills to look for in a hire, and how to leverage third-party design firms.

Building a Developer Relations Function

Building a Developer Relations Function
Mary Thengvall leads developer relations at Camunda, and has long been a thought leader in the guide, authoring the book, "The Business Value of Developer Relations" and publishing DevRel Weekly. In this guide, she describes what DevRel is, and how to stand up a function to drive developer awareness, enablement, and engagement.

Conducting Product Discovery

Conducting Product Discovery
Jim Morris is the founder of the Product Discovery Group, through which he coaches product teams on idea development, user research, and testing with rapid prototypes. In this guide he explains how to use product discovery to test for value, viability, feasibility, and usability continuously, to minimize waste of precious development resources.

Crafting a Go-to-Market Story

Crafting a Go-to-Market Story
Ken Rutsky helps B2B growth company executives in sales, marketing, and the C-Suite to breakthrough and achieve and grow market leadership in new and existing markets. Before he launched his consulting practice, he spent 20+ years in B2B marketing operational roles. In this guide, he explains why a “hero’s journey” type story is a powerful tool for tech companies to create urgency and gain market share, and how to create one.

Defining an Ideal Customer Profile

Defining an Ideal Customer Profile
Kirby Wadsworth is the CMO of Ionir, and has served as CMO at enterprise software and networking companies including Illusive Networks, Bayshore Networks, and Limelight Networks. In this guide, he explains how to identify prospect characteristics that predict strong fit, to help sales and marketing automate prioritization.

Designing a Category

Designing a Category
John Rougeux is VP of Marketing Strategy at BombBomb and hosts the #CategoryCreation series on the B2B Growth Show podcast. In this guide, he explains how to use category design to capitalize on unclaimed market territory and to help prospects evaluate your product using advantageous criteria.

Designing a Product-led Go-to-Market Strategy

Designing a Product-led Go-to-Market Strategy
Myk Pono is the Director of Product Management focused on Growth & Acquisition at Freedom Financial Network. For the past 12 years, he’s been a product-led growth and go-to-market strategy consultant, author, and advisor. In this guide, he explains what a product growth team is, and how to operationalize a product-led go-to-market strategy.

Enabling Service / Consulting Partnerships

Enabling Service / Consulting Partnerships
Zak Pines is VP of Partnerships at Formstack, a workplace productivity platform, where he’s built a team that manages hundreds of consulting and integration partners, responsible for 30% of the company’s new business. In this guide, he lays out the key components of partner enablement, and outlines how to create power-users and advocates at partner agencies and consultancies.

Hiring a Product Marketer

Hiring a Product Marketer
Ryan Goldman is the Vice President of Product Marketing at SoundCloud and has led marketing or product marketing at Pendo, Sentry, SignalFx, and Cloudera, and over the course of his career, he's managed or hired 15+ B2B product marketers. In this guide, he explains how to find a product marketer who can serve as a bridge between the product, the sales org, and the market.

Identifying and Multiplying Your Best Customers with Customer Segmentation

Identifying and Multiplying Your Best Customers with Customer Segmentation
Tamara Grominsky is the Chief Strategy Officer at Unbounce, and has previously led product marketing at other SMB-focused companies including FreshBooks and Yellow Pages. In this guide, she explains why customer segmentation is a powerful tool for improving conversion, acquisition cost, churn, and lifetime value. She outlines how to take on a segmentation project - from analysis to product packaging.

Integrating an Add-on Acquisition

Integrating an Add-on Acquisition
David Demres is Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Development at AutoQuotes, where he’s responsible for M&A. Across similar previous roles, he’s helped integrate 10+ add-on acquisitions. In this guide, he explains how to plan for a successful add-on integration from pre-close planning to full integration 90-180 days later. David covers financial, operational, technical, and communications aspects of the integration process.

Managing B2B Product Launches and Releases

Managing B2B Product Launches and Releases
Mary Sheehan has help product marketing leadership roles at Adobe and SocialChorus. In this guide, she describes how to prepare for, coordinate, and measure product launches of all types, from routine releases to major new offerings.

Optimizing Signup or Trial Conversion

Optimizing Signup or Trial Conversion
Marc McDougall is a UI/UX designer specializing in helping SaaS companies book more demos and trials by optimizing their sites for conversions. In this guide, he outlines best practices for high-conversion flows and the steps for iterative A/B testing.

Outcome-based Product Roadmapping

Outcome-based Product Roadmapping
Rajesh Nerlikar is a Co-Founder and Product Coach at Prodify, and co-author of the best selling product book, Build What Matters. In this guide he explains how to build a roadmap centered on customer outcomes instead of features shipped. He outlines how to balance new functionality with maintenance and tech debt, and how to run a cross-functional roadmapping process.

Planning a SaaS Partnership Strategy

Planning a SaaS Partnership Strategy
Sunir Shah is the founder of AppBind, a tool for resellers to manage SaaS subscriptions. He runs the Cloud Software Association, a SaaS partnership industry network, and previously led partnerships at FreshBooks. In this guide, he lays out how SaaS companies should think about integration, reseller, and marketplace partnership strategy.

Positioning and Launching a New Product

Positioning and Launching a New Product
Dan Murphy has led product marketing at Privy and Drift, where he’s overseen over 70 product launches and more than a dozen large, new product launches. In this guide, he walks through how to position and launch major new offerings, including new products, products introduced to new verticals, acquired products, and important partnerships.

Recruiting and Hiring for Technical Roles

Recruiting and Hiring for Technical Roles
Jenny Jongejan is a Recruiting Consultant working with fast-growing tech companies. She also currently leads recruiting for CoderPad, a technical interview platform for engineering teams. Previously, as Head of Recruiting at Atrium, Jenny built the recruiting organization and helped the company scale from 10 to over 200 employees. Before that, she managed technical recruiting at HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb). Over the course of her 15+ year career, Jenny has interviewed thousands of candidates, creatively sourced, recruited, and partnered with internal teams to hire for hundreds of technical roles.

Scaling a Marketplace Product

Scaling a Marketplace Product
Paul Zeckser led product ad HomeAdvisor from 2011-2020 and is now the Founder of Fresh Product Design, a full-service product strategy and development consultancy. In this guide he lays out how product, sales and marketing and operations should coordinate to scale marketplaces. He covers metrics to track, how to think about matching, and guidelines for monetizing marketplace transactions.

Scaling Onboarding with Self-guided Pathways

Scaling Onboarding with Self-guided Pathways
Shareil Nariman is the Head of Customer Experience at Arrows. Previously, he led customer lifecycle management, including onboarding, at Sprout Social and previously led operations teams at Booking.com. In this guide, he explains how companies that offer lower-priced SaaS products can leverage cross-functional collaboration and automation tools to design high quality self-guided customer onboarding experiences.

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