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The Power of Polished Products

Product Hunt Toronto - #ProductHuntTO - One Year Anniversary - MaRS Discovery District - Audience

Product Hunt Toronto celebrated its one-year anniversary on Thursday at MaRS with a sold-out event, featuring Simon Vallee, Product Manager at Slack. Speakers and panelists also represented Wealthsimple, Volley, and Tiny Hearts. A theme that emerged from the event: focused polish. #ProductHuntTO indicated a trend toward polished product releases, with companies building their brands on giving users what they need.

“When you can figure out the components in your product and really come up with this few group of key things that you focus on, the payoff is immense. This is to me absolutely the key to harmonious, beautiful products…I just want to emphasize the time to perfect and polish.”

This was particularly expressed by Vallee. In the last few years, there has been a push towards banging out MVPs, and shipping products and features quickly. While Vallee recognized the value of speed, he also emphasized the need to create beautiful and genuinely functional products that users love. Vallee advocated for the importance of “getting the base components of your product absolutely right” before dealing with other features. “When you can figure out the components in your product and really come up with this few group of key things that you focus on, the payoff is immense. This is to me absolutely the key to harmonious, beautiful products…I just want to emphasize the time to perfect and polish.”

Robleh Jama of Tiny Hears echoed this sentiment when he discussed launching products on the App Store, stating the importance of apps being great out of the starting gate to succeed in that market. Huda Idrees, Director of Design at Wealthsimple, discussed how her company has worked to carefully streamline their onboarding process for new users. At the event, Wealthsimple won Product of the Year, the people’s choice award by Product Hunt Toronto. 

Product Hunt is a product discovery site, and you can check out future Product Hunt Toronto events, which run every two months.

Photos: Brian deRivera Simon – Tarsipix Studios

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