I’m Travis Raila, a San Francisco-based product leader and startup advisor.

I’ve led product, design, and analytics groups at organizations ranging from Series A startups to public companies.  Together we’ve scaled brand new products to tens of millions of users and grown revenue from nothing to almost $100 million/year.


I write about product management, design, personal finance, and whatever else I’m into at the time. Subscribe to have new blog posts delivered straight to your inbox. Unsubscribe anytime.

Recent Blog Posts

Why I’m Done with Lending Club

Over the past 8 years, I have invested over $16,000 with Lending Club.  In the beginning, I was earning 10% annual return, beating the stock market, and I was very impressed... read more →

How to Fix the Men’s Bathroom

Men are often called simple creatures when compared to women.  While I'm not here to argue about the validity of this claim, there is one area that men are definitely... read more →

Instagram’s Genius Sharing Prompt

I recently went to send an Instagram photo to a friend and started to go through the typical routine of taking a screenshot within Instagram, finding the photo of the screenshot, and... read more →

How To Ask Users To Take a Survey

Earlier this week I got two emails from two different companies asking me to take a survey for them.  One email made roll my eyes and delete the request.  The other... read more →

LEDs: a modern disruption

In Clayton Christensen's classic book, The Innovator's Dilemma, he argues that "disruptive" technologies often start out with very limited use, but thanks to improvements over time, eventually develop a wide enough... read more →