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Hi, my name is Brett van Zuiden.
I am a maker, a hobbyist, and an optimist.
I live in Oakland.

About

  • Product Manager at Outschool
  • Former PM Lead at Clever
  • Founding CEO of Filestack
  • Studied EECS, Math, and Mechanical Engineering at MIT
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Posts

  • From space to idea in 1 month

    It’s exciting to help a company expand into a new customer segment or line of business, but it’s also daunting - where do you begin? Expanding on my earlier writings, this post offers a roadmap for going from a vague direction to a compelling, high-confidence product strategy in the space of a month.

  • Creating new lines of business in established companies - part 1: recommendations

    On the way to building a hugely successful company, most startups will need to expand from their initial product-market fit to a portfolio of successful products. Building a new business in an established company is similar to building a brand-new startup, but has some unique nuances that can make or break the initiative.

  • Awareness, Successful usage, and Outcomes: An opinionated framework for project metrics

    Before starting on a new project, teams should write down target metrics that they expect to hit if the project is successful. A helpful format is to measure and set goals around the following three metrics: are people aware of the project, are they using it as expected, and is it producing business outcomes.

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Projects

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