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Rian van der Merwe
Product manager for (by ) • Author of ‘Making It Right’ () • 🇿🇦 Expat • Product, tech, culture, remote work, music.
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Rian van der Merwe 51m
Replying to @allanwhite
The argument I’ve seen gain most traction is that all of the madness of the past 2 years can be explained by this obsession with SCOTUS. But what if—work with me here—they’re just racist and misogynistic power-mongers and they actually really *don’t* think what he did is wrong.
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 19
Replying to @artemchistyakov
This is the kind of quality content I signed up to Twitter for.
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 16
Replying to @mattdpearce
There’s an Office scene about this.
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 15
The thing I find most confusing as a parent is why kids freak out when you carry them upstairs for an afternoon nap. If someone did that with me they would have my undying love and devotion for life.
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 15
Welcome! 😀
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 15
“Americans are anxious as hell, and we’re trying to buy our way out of the problem… but here is the truth that goes largely unspoken: no product actually solves the underlying problem, even if it helps assuage the symptoms.”
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 14
Replying to @redkeg @ftrain
Go! by Public Service Broadcasting
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 14
This is a rare example of some really cool tech that is also incredibly useful. “How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation”
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 14
A useful list of mental models, with simple explanations. Relevant not just for product management, but also for... well, everything. “Product Management Mental Models for Everyone”
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 13
This article is about product roadmaps, but it includes what I think is a pretty valuable overview of the core role of a product manager.
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 13
Why ‘Find Your Passion’ is awful advice. “It’s through a process of investment and development that you develop an abiding passion in a field.”
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 12
🔗 The tone in this article is a little weird here and there, but there are some good points about remote work, isolation, and mental health that are worth reflecting on.
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 12
🎵 If you want to get into John Coltrane but you’re not sure where to start, here’s a good guide to get you going on that weird, wonderful journey.
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 12
“The problem that libraries face today isn’t irrelevance. The problem is that so many people are using them, and for such a wide variety of purposes, that library systems and their employees are overwhelmed.”
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 11
“One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world. Today, outside a few major urban centers, it is barely on life support.”
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 11
📚 Oh my. I’ve been waiting for a list like this. “Eight Great Science Fiction Reads for the Techno-Skeptic”
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 11
In need of a good cry? Here are the saddest songs of the 21st century (so far).
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 10
There are many reasons to like this article, but the phrase “which brings us to the case of the Kit Kat marriage proposal” is at the top of that list.
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 10
Ok this would be cool. “Imagine a SimCity that puts people (not cars) and sustainability (not endless growth) first. Where designing a city that’s easy and safe to navigate on foot or by bike is rewarded with lower pollution and healthier citizens.”
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Rian van der Merwe Sep 10
Replying to @thesquirrel_za
Yep, still here.
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