Three months ago I decided to immerse myself in the rapidly growing world of no-code development. This is what I’ve learned.

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No-code brings developing to a whole new audience. Source: glazestock.com. Illustrated by Rudyitas.

I’ve been a product manager — either as part of a team, or setting whole new teams up or as a startup founder who also “did” product — for 10 years now. Back in 2009, it was a fairly new concept, in the UK at least and certainly in larger organisations. If product managers think they have a hard time today explaining to friends and colleagues what they do, back then it was much, much worse. For me, the big turning point came with the release of Eric Ries’ Lean Startup book in 2011. …


The citizens of tomorrow, from today’s schoolchildren to future generations, are granted no rights. Yet for us to stand a chance of leaving the planet in a decent state, an overhaul of democracy is needed: we need a Minister for Future Generations.

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“We can’t vote, so we must strike.”

Children these days are savvier than many give them credit for.

When my 11-year old son read about Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager now famous for taking a stand on climate change and inspiring hundreds of thousands of other schoolchildren to do the same, it clearly struck a chord. I showed him her incredible TedX talk and he just sat there, open-mouthed at the power of the message this young girl was delivering.

He was aware of all the school strikes taking place, but wondered why kids are having to do this, and his naturally curious mind led him to even ask why he doesn’t get a vote. …


To everyone working in the financial services industry, this is our time to step up. We all have a critical role in supporting the transition to a low-carbon world.

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One simple question which made me act

When my 11-year old son recently heard about Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager now famous for taking a stand on the climate emergency and inspiring hundreds of thousands of other schoolchildren to do the same, he wanted to find out more. I showed him her incredible TedX talk and he just sat there, open-mouthed at the power and clarity of the message this young girl was delivering. Whatever your view on kids protesting and school strikes, if ever there was a role model for standing up for what you believe in, Greta takes some beating.

Then he asked me a question, so simple yet one which has had a profound effect on…


Company culture is the secret sauce of many successful companies from startup to scaleup and beyond. “Culture hacking” is a rigorous way to transform your culture to get the best out of your people, fast.

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Before growth comes culture

“Growth hacking” is without doubt one of the great business methodologies of our time. It has become so much more than just a buzzword. Sean Ellis coined the term and wrote the book explaining the approach after igniting growth for the likes of Dropbox, Eventbrite, LogMeIn and more.

The main idea behind it is that today’s business powerhouses didn’t get to where they are now by merely building a great product and then crossing their fingers and hoping they would catch on. Instead, they used growth hacking strategies and tactics.

The essence of growth hacking is you carry out rapid fire experimentation across multiple marketing channels and in different product development directions to identify the most cost effective ways to grow your business. Growth hacking uses iteration and rapid tempo testing to focus closely on what customers want. …


A Culture Sprint is a 4-day process for delivering impactful cultural change.

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What’s a Culture Sprint? It’s a 4-day process for answering critical workplace-related problems through designing, prototyping and testing ideas with employees, then creating a blueprint for making the change take hold. They lead to breakthroughs in a company’s culture that might otherwise take months — or never happen at all.


Startup culture is fundamentally flawed and needs a radical change in mindset to become people-first.

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Why the “killing it” culture needs to be killed off. Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

Being a founder of a startup is unbelievably challenging whoever you are. We all know this is the score. It’s part and parcel of the gig and part of the appeal. If you don’t like working with uncertainty, volatility and adversity — or you can’t figure out a way to manage it — then maybe it’s time for a rethink of career path. This all comes with the territory whether you like it or not and it’s never going away.

This is all part of the much larger concept of what has become known as “startup culture”. And there are a lot of good survival mechanisms and frameworks that have evolved over the years, which startups by and large embrace successfully: lean product, design thinking, MVP, agile and so on. Larger organisations are desperately seeking ways to replicate startup culture in a bid to regain competitiveness and innovation speed. …

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Martin Slaney

Venture builder, MVP no-code maker and product person.

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