Dilbert and the user experience

first_imgI was relaxing this Sunday afternoon reading the business section in the Sunday edition of the local newspaper when I read the Dilbert Cartoon (Yes venture capital partners do read more than excel spreadsheets and private jet magazine).Dilbert.comIt reminded me of the Oscar Wilde quote “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life” as I started to think back on my experiences in software companies I worked for, expansion stage software companies where I was an independent board director, and companies that OpenView partners has invested growth capital in over the years.As I reflect back on these experiences I am overwhelmed by how many companies and management teams are cavalier about what they provide in the way of a user experience to their customers and prospects. As a Boston venture capital we stress to all our portfolio companies how critical the user experience is to their success today and tomorrow.If you look at companies who are known for outstanding user experiences and delighting the customer a few companies come to mind for me…AppleVirgin Airlines (Scott Maxwell even wrote a blog about this)Geico InsuranceI can’t think of anything more critical in creating a competitive advantage than user experience. It starts at the top with the CEO and founders being committed and focused. It requires the management team to drive with a single minded purpose around delighting the customer every day. It is not just product management or development, but every organization and every individual within the company that touch your customers and prospects.Ask yourself in the mirror… are you committed to a market leading user experience or are you like the character in the Dilbert cartoon?All the best!GAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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