Instamojo — Product Roadmap

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Achieving Business Process Agility in Product Enterprises

Every product enterprise, no matter what products and/or services they deliver to their markets, face one common business challenge —…

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How to write a survey when you know nothing (Part 1)

There are a myriad of problems with survey research, spanning from writing one to presenting results and analysis. Online survey tools…

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Secrets of Successful Project Management: Tracking and Learning

This series of 4 articles on successful project management wraps up with 4 tips for tracking your progress and learning for the future.

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Finicity Launches Verification of Income and Employment Solution

Real-time financial data access and insights company Finicity has unveiled its latest solution to accelerate the lending process and further the trend toward digitization in the mortgage industry. This week, the company launched its Verification of Income and Employment (VOIE) solution, which leverages bank data and a scan, photo, or PDF of the borrower’s pay statement to make borrower verifications both faster and more accurate. In its statement Finicity noted that VOIE is expected to successfully provide coverage of more than 70%. This compares favorably to the accuracy rates of existing automated solutions, which top out near 25%.

Calling Finicity’s VOIE “the new gold standard of income and employment verification,” company CEO Steve Smith suggested the technology would be a significant new resource for lenders. “We know it will be met with fast adoption by key industry players who aim to be on the cutting edge of lending technology,” he said, adding “(with) VOIE building upon our current Verification of Assets solution, lenders will now be able to use Finicity as a one-stop-shop for digital verification.”

Appreciation for Finicity’s VOIE solution has already been heard from the likes of major mortgage industry players such as Freddie Mac, Quicken Loans, and Experian – all of which have leveraged Finicity’s technology to automate the manual processes that have historically made the loan origination experience cumbersome for all parties involved.

Freddie Mac, for example, highlighted the contribution Finicity’s VOIE would bring to its own asset and income modeler (AIM). “(Our) partnership with Finicity has helped to create a waterfall-like approach by adding paystub data to our AIM capability using accurate and verifiable data that meet our underwriting standards,” Senior Director of Technology Integration at Freddie Mac Kevin Kaufman said. “This means more opportunities for representation and warranty relief and greater costs savings for lenders all while delivering a better lending experience to borrowers.”

Quicken Loans EVP of Client Experience Heather Lovier echoed Kaufman’s praise for the technology, referring to VOIE as “a critical next step in the evolution of the mortgage process.”

The news of Finicity’s Verification of Income and Employment solution comes one month after the company introduced its Student Loan Account Verification solution. This technology enables employer repayment programs to access Finicity’s ACH endpoint to confirm the accuracy of accounts and routing numbers when making loan payments on behalf of their employees. Fellow Finovate alum Vault is among the companies to have partnered with Finicity in order to put the technology to work on behalf of employer-based student loan contribution programs.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Finicity demonstrated its credit decisioning solutions – including its Verification of Income (VoI) and Verification of Assets (VoA) technology – at FinovateFall 2017. The company has raised nearly $80 million in funding, and includes Experian Ventures and Bridge Bank among its investors.

Earlier this year, Finicity inked a major partnership with Ellie Mae, integrating its Verification of Assets solution into Ellie Mae’s Encompass Digital Lending Platform. This makes Finicity’s technology …read more

Another high-flying, heavily funded AR headset startup is shutting down

While Apple and Microsoft strain to sell augmented reality as the next major computing platform, many of the startups aiming to beat them to the punch are crashing and burning.

Daqri, which built enterprise-grade AR headsets, has shuttered its HQ, laid off many of its employees and is selling off assets ahead of a shutdown, former employees and sources close to the company tell TechCrunch.

In an email obtained by TechCrunch, the nearly 10-year-old company told its customers that it was pursuing an asset sale and was shutting down its cloud and smart-glasses hardware platforms by the end of September.

“I think the large majority of people who worked [at Daqri] are sad to see it closing down,” a former employee told TechCrunch. “[I] wish the end result was different.”

The company’s 18,000+ square foot Los Angeles headquarters (above) is currently listed as “available” by real estate firm Newmark Knight Frank. The company’s Sunnyvale offices appear to have been shuttered sometime prior to 2019.

Daqri’s shutdown is only the latest among heavily funded augmented reality startups seeking to court enterprise customers.

Earlier this year, Osterhout Design Group unloaded its AR glasses patents after acquisition talks with Magic Leap, Facebook and others stalled. Meta, an AR headset startup that raised $73 million from VCs including Tencent, also sold its assets earlier this year after the company ran out of cash.

Daqri faced substantial challenges from competing headset makers, including Magic Leap and Microsoft, who were backed by more expansive war chests and institutional partnerships. While the headset company struggled to compete for enterprise customers, Daqri benefitted from investor excitement surrounding the broader space. That is, until the investment climate for AR startups cooled.

Daqri was, at one point, speaking with a large private-equity firm about financing ahead of a potential IPO, but as the technical realities facing other AR companies came to light, the firm backed out and the deal crumbled, we are told.

As of mid-2017, a Wall Street Journal report detailed that Daqri had raised $275 million in funding. You won’t find many details on the sources of that funding, other than references to Tarsadia Investments, a private-equity firm in Los Angeles that took part in the company’s sole disclosed funding round. We’re told Tarsadia had taken controlling ownership of the firm after subsequent investments.

In early 2016, Daqri acquired Two Trees Photonics, a small UK startup that was building holographic display technologies for automotive customers. The UK division soon comprised a substantial portion of the entire company’s revenues, sources tell us. By early 2018, the division was spun out from Daqri as a separate company called Envisics, leaving the Daqri team to focus wholly on …read more

e-Book !D.o.w.n.l.o.a.d Product Management for Dummies | #Full-Online

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Luxoft and Fenergo Team Up

Digital transformation strategist Luxoft and client lifecycle management specialist Fenergo are joining forces. The agreement, announced earlier this week, makes Luxoft the latest to join Fenergo’s 300-member, worldwide partnership ecosystem.

Luxoft will act as a consulting partner to provide expertise, practical experience, and advice to Fenergo’s clients when its comes to initiatives such as data migration, IT architecture, and change readiness. Other such partners on Fenergo’s platform include Accenture, Capgemini, and Genpact. Fenergo CEO Marc Murphy described Luxoft as an “ideal partner” that will help the company “scale… business at a greater pace.”

Luxoft not only gains a way to fulfill its clients’ needs for digital transformation, the company also stands to gain new clients of its own by becoming a member of Fenergo’s ecosystem. “Our partnership with Fenergo aligns with our strength and success in financial services, and presents new opportunities to grow our business, expand our partner ecosystem, and deliver exceptional value to our clients,” said Dmitry Loschinin, executive vice president of DXC Technology, and president and CEO of Luxoft.

Luxoft was acquired by DXC Technologies (NYSE: DXC) which holds a market capitalization of $8.5 billion. At FinovateFall 2014, Luxoft debuted Horizon, a data visualization framework for banking executives.

Founded in 2009, Ireland-based Fenergo debuted its Deal Manager at FinovateEurope 2012. We featured Fenergo’s onboarding technology in our post Yes, Banks Can Compete with Apple’s New Credit Card earlier this year.

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How do you know you are in the right profession?

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10 product manager interview questions you should definitely use

When it comes to hiring product managers for software businesses, it’s not quite as straightforward as it is for some roles.

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5 bonnes pratiques du Product Manager

En Agile, quelles bonnes pratiques pour le Product Manager, un rôle central situé entre métiers, UX et Tech ?

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