What is the role of data-driven innovation and differentiation in building great products? In this podcast episode, Nacho Andrade meets with Pendo CEO and Co-Founder Todd Olson to discuss lessons learned from building a product analytics platform over 10 years. Todd shares how Pendo has challenged conventions through its vision of comprehensive data collection and personalized insights. Listeners will learn how focusing on auto-instrumentation, broad capabilities, and approachable analytics has served customers across industries. Todd also discusses how constantly negotiating timelines and prioritizing differentiation over customer requests has fueled Pendo’s growth. The discussion provides actionable advice for product thinkers on leveraging emerging technologies, influencing teams, and using speed and opinions to deliver unique value to users.

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Show Notes

  1. Focus on comprehensively capturing product usage and feedback data.
  2. Aim to be a centralized hub for all product engagement metrics.
  3. Leverage auto-instrumentation to easily gather insights without development.
  4. Start with a broad set of capabilities rather than separate point solutions.
  5. Surface key metrics simply without requiring advanced analytics skills.
  6. Tailor experiences based on user vs employee-facing product differences.
  7. Build products from a place of strong opinions and viewpoints.
  8. Emerging technologies like AI can unlock new product insights.
  9. Examples like ChatGPT show the power of AI when applied properly.
  10. Data-driven innovation and differentiation is essential to building great products.
  11. Personalized experiences are generally better than one-size-fits-all.
  12. Prioritize unique differentiators over requested baseline features.
  13. Validate new ideas before building commonly requested items.
  14. Leverage speed as a competitive advantage for smaller companies.
  15. Constantly negotiate timelines to find faster development paths.
  16. Products must adapt to serve industries beyond original focus.
  17. Influence skills are important for product roles.
  18. Entrepreneurial mindsets help challenge status quos and norms.
  19. Technical fluency aids in product discussions and decision making.
  20. Risk taking and strong opinions define great product thinkers.
  21. Execution complements strategy to successfully deliver products.
  22. Competition can motivate teams through a spirit of challenge.

About the speaker
About the host
Nacho Andrade Ubiety Technologies, Inc., CPO

Nacho is an Evangelist for all things product, advocating for innovation, diversity, and building amazing products. Nacho has spent over 10 years in product roles ranging from startups to enterprise in industries like education, healthcare, finance and gaming.

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