What’s the best way to prioritize product features?

Slava Akhmechet (Founder at RethinkDB)
57 startup lessons

Ask two questions for every product feature. Will people buy because of this feature? Will people not buy because of lack of this feature? No amount of the latter will make up for lack of the former. Don’t build features if the answer to both questions is “no”.

What’s the best way to prioritize product features?

Slava Akhmechet (Founder at RethinkDB)
Slava Akhmechet

The most important aspect of product management is categorizing features into three buckets: A gamechanger. People will want to buy your product because of this feature. A showstopper. People won’t buy your product if you’re missing this feature, but adding it won’t generate demand. A distraction. This feature will make no measurable impact on adoption.

What’s the best way to measure your company?

Slava Akhmechet (Founder at RethinkDB)
57 startup lessons

Sales fix everything. You can screw up everything else and get through it if your product sells well. Product comes first. Selling a product everyone wants is easy and rewarding. Selling a product no one wants is an unpleasant game of numbers.

What’s the best way to manage your own wellness?

Slava Akhmechet (Founder at RethinkDB)
57 startup lessons

Every once in a while, get away. Go hiking, visit family in another city, go dancing, play chess, tennis, anything. It will make you more effective and make the people around you happier.