I realized of late that when people asked what I do professionally, my fast repartee was not clear enough. This is all fine when the tech sector is booming and the referrals are flying in. However, when things slow down, like now, we can't take any chances. So what do I do, exactly? A review of all of my on-line professional profiles showed a ghastly mishmash.
This is what I do:
I currently work for Product Managers as a strategic sector helper.
I evaluate vertical and technical B2B sectors prior to my client PM's pulling the development trigger. I provide specific steering (mid dev time-line) on what features need to be tweaked, what market approaches need sector-specific massaging, and all that trade org liaison work that few want to do.
I spot hot trends where consumer web app waves might cross over into a profitable vertical where the users pay for the service.
I make the right calls at the right time, delivering cogent written and oral advice to your management; I almost never miss when creating value, fostering partnerships, and creating the groundwork for new products and innovation.
My rates are more than reasonable considering the stakes, and I never drag a contract out, usually wrapping in less than 6 months.