Sergei Smalkov
Product Manager
Project Management
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Y.Metrika, G.Analytics, SQL, R
Software Development
Web, Mobile
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Policies, Risk Management, Complience
Unit, Business Model, Product Market fit, Customer Interview, P&L, Lean, Customer Dev
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Projects & Cases
AI/ML Product Idea
You are an AI/ML seasoned professional of a large web portal. Suggest new product with AI for one of the portal services.
Original texts preprocessing by hemingway score for better machine translation
Applicable to: Yandex.Translator, Google Translate

The quality of algorithmic translations depends on the source material. Complex & vague texts are expected to result in mediocre translations. The only way now is to hire a human translator.
Instead of improving translation algorithms we could simplify the source texts with AI trained to adhere to the so cold hemingway standard. The ultimate result is better texts in both languages. More (rus)
Product Idea for HH.RU (Monsters)
You are a manager of an established job-portal (, Monsters). Suggest new product.
Search Teams instead of single employees
First manual compile teams for given projects, then gradually automate the process.
Now this job is done by an internal or external HR not always seasoned in every field and all the skills the team should have. First stage could be ready-to-employ SCRUM DEV teams paid for every suggested team.
for the
Russian Market
Transfer successful business model to the local market
Slide Deck Data Market Valuation Interviews
Design a product for frequent business flyers
Slide Deck Interviews Design Specification
TakeAway Preorders App

Problem - "Low order conversion "
Broken business model. Low if not zero value for the target audience. Small reachable market share. Vulnerable to big Established players in FoodTech.
Suggestion: get access to GetFood's analytics and team to redesign the product and find another product market fit.
Slide Dec Data Market Valuation Product hypotheses


Original product Bla Bla Speak - Uber for interpreters
Problems: No users without interpreters, no interpreters without users, Reach profitability by the end of the year.

The case owner decided not to participate in the work

Conclusion: original idea of commodity interpretations won't stand against google translate
The app had launched in 2018 and was closed with no traction and proven value to the users. There had been 10+ similar apps closed since 2016 г. The only survivors are nishe apps with hardware for doctors. There is untaken niches for layers (courts) business negotiators. For more every day on demand translations Google does the job for free. However, the on-demand translations is still in its infancy.

Hypothesys:remote interpreters may be on demand in B2B
Research showed unfair advantage of the apps partnering university. Monopoly and acmes to the best in class experienced interpreters.

Experiment to test demand in B2B

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Time and time again I get across ideas of products or businesses that in their current state are sure failures. There is no magic though, most ideas are just plain wrong, their business models didn't get proper attention and reality check. I hate to be right on the negative predictions, but unfortunately over time they have proven to be more than 90% accurate. Luckily some were given well in advance and taken seriously.

Good news is, it doesn't take too much to test ideas and mitigate obvious risks and future failures. More over, usually faced with the real figures and objective assessment you have no other way but to find a much more elegant, simple yet sound business model.

You can drop your idea to and I will look into it. Please give as thorough description as possible with whatever data you are ready to share.
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