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Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

Steve Blank

Customer Development versus Design Thinking. It’s the difference between Customer Development versus Design Thinking.

Working with Developers


There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. Go watch a few episodes.

The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank

Tells you how to design new ventures with it. Teaches you how to use Customer Development to test it. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it.

Nail the Customer Development Manifesto to the Wall

Steve Blank

When Bob Dorf and I wrote the Startup Owners Manual we listed a series of Customer Development principles. Not All Startups Are Alike.

A Designer’s Perspective on Working with Product Managers

The Product Guy

A product manager just stopped by the desk of the designer on a lazy Thursday afternoon. How to give designers tasks and keep them motivated?

Startup CTO or Developer


What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. Gap closed, right? Accounting?

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The Significance of SEO in Web Design

Duct Tape Marketing

The Significance of SEO in Web Design written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Overall Design. Search Results. Conclusion.

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Why A High Quality Mobile App Design Is Essential


Not all mobile app designers are created equal. Some app designers are difficult to work with or fail to deliver on their promises.

Design is Purpose Driven and Solves Problems

Instigator Blog

I’m not a designer. But as a product manager, it’s my job to understand how design (and UI/UX) can be applied to solving problems.

User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Marc Wendell, lead a conversation around “UX Design Tactics”. Enjoy!

Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development


They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. They couldn't plan their business.

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Personas for Customer Development

Grasshopper Herder

Personas are an amazing tool for doing customer development. Customer Development Entrepreneurship User Experience design lean user experience personas user experienceThey are the clearest form of hypothesis, test, and learn (a.k.a. build, measure, learn).

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup


I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. for a Lead Developer: How much will it cost to build what we need to build? How can I control costs but effectively get stuff developed? How can we phase development to balance cost, features, risk, etc? Accounting? Reporting?

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Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Why design? Not quite.

10 Important Web Design Best Practices and Tips for Small Business Websites

crowdSPRING Blog

Today, we’ll cover web design best practices and tips. Here are our top 10 tips to help you create an awesome website design in 2016: 1.

It’s Time To Design Human Experiences Versus Products

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written about product design, but designing the total experience from the front rarely happens yet. Marty Zwilling.

Take your Professional Development to the Crowd

crowdSPRING Blog

But can the crowd contribute to professional development? Designers. Why Slack? Discuss, share, get help and acquire feedback. Marketers.

Design Staff ? Design without a design team

Design Staff

Design Staff. Design without a design team. Sean McBride / Web Developer, Adobe Typekit. Visual design leader.

6 Effective Website Design Strategies That Directly Impacts Your Business


Focus on design or choose the right technology. Professionalisms web design web development Create gorgeous visual presentation.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. They’re the place focused on design. They think design wins.

Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge. Economic Development is important and challenging work.

Top 4 Crowdsourced Logo Design Sites for Small Businesses

Up and Running

Whether you are setting up shop or rebranding, designing your logo is just as important as getting things right on other aspects of your business.

On the (un?)importance of design

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

If our website design was repulsive — literally — the bounce rate should now diminish. Was it the design that gave us that edge?

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Web Designers vs. Web Developers


Do I need a designer or a developer?

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Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn

Design Staff

Design Staff. Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. Photo by Emre Ayaroglu.

Designing Products from Scratch: An Interview with UX Leader Josh Porter

View from Seed

JP: So I love this question because it gets to a very important issue in product design and growth: user bias. You Found a Problem to Solve.

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Design Staff ? How designers and engineers can play nice (and.

Design Staff

Design Staff. How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors). The product design sprint: decide (day 3).

Should Your Company Develop a Mobile App?

crowdSPRING Blog

And there are a deluge of experts out there who insist that the development of brand-centric mobile applications is the future of marketing. This knowledge will serve as the foundation for conversations about function and design moving forward, so start here. Image Source: nearly doubling between 2011 and 2015.

Combining big ideas and lean development practices

The Equity Kicker

I wrote a little on this topic last week in The importance of intent and the danger of incremental design. Startup general interest

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Software Development Estimates, Where Do I Start?

Diego Basch

For some reason many people discuss the problem of estimating software development timeframes without properly understanding the issue.

Book: Product Design for the Web

Feld Thoughts

I love the way this book starts off – with a quote from Paola Antonelli, MoMA Senior Curator of Architecture & Design + Director of R&D.

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

He gave my innovation team free reign on designing a new employee innovation program. The design challenge. ———-.

Developing a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Steve Blank

Align and train mentors to embrace customer development. In 2012, in partnership with Stanford University , U.C. Here’s what she had to say….

Turn Your Web Design Talent Into Freelance Success


By Dan Bochichio, co-founder of Bocain Designs. Web design is an increasingly competitive profession. Have a portfolio. Cover Yourself.

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How to Think Like a Stanford-Trained Design Thinker

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Why a focus on process and skill isn't enough to develop design thinkers

Creating Startup Success – Customer Development + Business Model Design

Steve Blank

In previous posts I’ve talked about what the combination of Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Methodologies mean to startups and intrapreneurs in large companies; it’s the beginning of entrepreneurship as a science with its own rules and methodologies. link]. Teaching In the Big Apple. link].

Twitter Link Roundup #275 – Fascinating Stuff for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

crowdSPRING Blog

Intriguing Graphic Design Books & Resources – Print Magazine How Google Finally Got Design

Twitter Link Roundup #251 – Cool ideas about Small Business, Startups, and Design!

crowdSPRING Blog

Why Career Development And Advancement Aren’t The Same Thing | Fast Company | Business + Innovation 14niIbA.

2 Challenges of Startup Customer Development & How to Get Great Feedback Instead

View from Seed

Customer development” has become its own skill and body of knowledge, and there are some crucial nuances to understand up front before beginning your customer dev discussions. Product & DesignBut how do you go about figuring out what people want? Surveys suck.

Why You Should Care More About Design

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

According to new research, if you''re not prioritizing good design in your product strategy, you''re missing a big business opportunity.