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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.

Customer Development in a Diagram

Steve Blank

Filed under: Customer Development. Customer DevelopmentThanks to: Alexis Finch,  Sketchnotes / UX Research Consultant @agentfin.

Startup Development


I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

Realistic Strategies For Funding Product Development

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet I still get too many business plans that clearly are looking for money to do research and development (R&D) on a new and unproven technology.

Great Entrepreneurs Move From Developers To Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

Almost every entrepreneur starts their journey by developing a solution, based on their knowledge of a new technology or required service.

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.

Prioritize Product Development by the Four Stages of Use

Instigator Blog

When prioritizing feature development I like to think of a product in four pieces: Ongoing Engagement, Onboarding, First User Experience and Marketing/Growth. These are actually the steps a user goes through during their lifecycle with your product (listed in reverse). Product Management

Document Your MVP for a Developer


He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product.

10 Ways to Maximize Your Professional Development

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Those who don't find the time for professional development tend to stagnate. Here are 10 steps you can take to keep learning

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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Why You Need To Develop Your Personal Brand?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Once you have produced intensive answers to these questions, you can start applying it to your brand development. Enter, Kanye West.

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. Here’s why.

Developing Leadership Skills: What You Need to Know

Startup Professionals Musings

The first challenge is to overcome the natural human tendency to equate talking about an idea with actually taking action. It is not.

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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9 common mistakes developers make

The Next Web

Understanding how the product aids a company’s overall objectives, strategy and customers is key to successful product development and deployment.

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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The Massive Downside of Agile Software Development

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's why agile software development won't solve all your problems Every good comes with a bad.

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Hobbies Help Entrepreneurs Develop Habits They Need To Succeed

YFS Magazine

Lifestyle business lessons hobbyist lifestyle personal development work-life balance

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. Why invest now when I can see how your company develops? Raising money is hard.

How to Develop Your Business Strategy

Up and Running

One way to build out your strategy is as simple and straightforward as developing a pitch for your business. Strategy is what you’re not doing.

Damaged Pure Michigan Brand Impedes Economic Development

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

As a Michigan resident I’ve followed the developments in Flint with a mixture of horror, sadness, outrage, and confusion.  Failing.

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.

Hiring Developer Evangelists

David Cohen

I define “web infrastructure” companies as those (at least initially) targeted primarily at developers. They typically take the form of APIs and make life easier on the web for developers. I’ve invested early in many such companies including SendGrid , Twilio , FullContact , Stream and RunScope. Startups

10 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Team

Up and Running

Today at 4:30pm EST, we’ll be chatting about leadership development on Twitter. Join in using #bplans as your hashtag. Give a Daily Boost.

12 Random Customer Development Tips

Grasshopper Herder

Customer development is hard. Customer Development Lean StartupsIt takes work to get it right and you'll always be improving your technique. Here are a few tips I like to keep in my head while I'm getting out of the building.

4 Things Companies Are Getting All Wrong About Employee Development

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Development should be much more than a box you tick

Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?


And in most cases they are not ready to hire developers either. In other words, they come in asking for help with sourcing and hiring.

Investors Do Not Fund Research And Development


Technology development. Prototype development. Invested Interests entrepreneur research and development startup Verification.

An FBI Agent's 5 Steps to Developing Mental Toughness

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

23 years in the FBI taught an entrepreneur how to develop this indispensable quality

Why Successful Startups Develop a Vivid Vision of their Future

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Why acclaimed executive coach Cameron Herold's method is great at developing rapid growth

Combining big ideas and lean development practices

The Equity Kicker

The two by two matrix above illustrates that the scale of the idea and the methodology used to develop and test that idea are independent.

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The Role of a PPC Expert in Web Development

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

That’s how you should develop your next website … Struggling AdWords accounts are facing two issues; High CPCs and Low Conversion Rates.

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7 Steps to Developing Good Habits

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Developing good habits is great for creating a discipline that makes you a more productive person. They can be perfect for keeping you on track.

Software Eats Software Development

Peter Levine

They had a vision for a new way to develop software and created a new kind of company to pursue it. Source Code Management (SCM) is the second most fundamental tool for a programmer after compiler and development tools. It stores, versions and branches source code being developed by teams of programmers. How did they do it?

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.

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….

Hire A Mobile App Developer That Is Both Crazy And Qualified

YFS Magazine

Grow Marketing & Sales appreneur mobile mobile app mobile app development technology

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).

Startups should develop a fundraising capability

The Equity Kicker

The reason was that we thought of fundraising as a necessary evil rather than as a capability that we needed to develop. I was in a board meeting last summer where we faced a curious situation. One of the Directors asked why we insiders were sure that the prospects were strong but new investors weren’t biting. Have good hustle.

Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

There is a natural bias against working with firms that are unproven, underfunded, and still developing and/or evolving. Get creative.