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The Principles of Product Development Flow

Startup Lessons Learned

Its quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy. Today, only 2 percent of product developers measure queues.

Hire Different!

John O'Farrell

Every aspiring CEO has heard of David Ogilvy’s famous admonition , usually paraphrased as “Hire people smarter than yourself” or words to that effect.  In my case, following that good advice has not been hard.  Time to step up:  Hiring the VP of Sales. Virtually all of your early hires will have been engineers or developers

Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution

Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution. Need $25,000 for product development? developers. ReadWriteStart. ReadWriteWeb. Channels.

Startup Mantra: Hire Fast, Fire Fast

Both Sides of the Table

There is an old management adage that says, “Hire slowly, fire fast.” Hire Slowly? Only Hire A+ People. 3. Hiring at a Startup.

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Hiring Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Jon Stross, lead a conversation around “Hiring Product Manager”.

4 Tips for Hiring People Who Work As Hard As You Do

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How does a CEO ensure that she hires the right people and cultivates the right culture from the get-go? But, now what?

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The Leading Cause of Startup Death – Part 1: The Product.

Steve Blank

This series of posts is a brief explanation of how we’ve evolved from Product Development to Customer Development to the Lean Startup. The Product Development Diagram Emerging early in the twentieth century, this product-centric model described a process that evolved in manufacturing industries. agree.

‘Support is never, ever as important as product development. Discuss’

Business of Software Blog

They make high quality stuff and they guarantee on if you go to their website and read their product guarantee. All of that stuff is a customer experience and everything in between that all of the trees that branch out from under that are a part of your product and that’s the customer support experience. Transcript. Attendees: Yes.

8 Top States for Start-Up Hiring

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But where else in America is hiring at the smallest, scrappiest, biggest-growth-potential companies? Silicon Valley is a no-brainer.

Lessons Learned: The engineering manager's lament

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, October 20, 2008 The engineering managers lament I was inspired to write The product managers lament while meeting with a startup struggling to figure out what had gone wrong with their product development process. He has a good team, and theyve shipped a working product to many customers.

You're Not Ready for a Sales Hire: 4 Reasons

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Hiring a salesperson too early is a good way to distract your team and waste money. In general, salespeople stink at product development.

The Customer Development Manifesto: Reasons for the Revolution.

Steve Blank

After 20 years of working in startups, I decided to take a step back and look at the product development model I had been following and see why it usually failed to provide useful guidance in activities outside the building – sales, marketing and business development. So what’s wrong the product development model?

Should You Build Out Features Or Create A New Product?


Most of us would want to hire the most experienced, cutthroat lawyer specializing in multimillion-dollar mergers. Didn’t think so. Pricing Gaps.

From Zero to $5 Million Annually

Business of Software Blog

In this guest post Ameet shares with us his story of how he turned his first product based company to a wild success based on what he learned from Business of Software 2011. It seemed like I was the only person there without a product of their own. really wanted to know what it was like to turn an idea into a product!

Thoughts on scientific product development

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 22, 2008 Thoughts on scientific product development I enjoyed reading a post today from Laserlike (Mike Speiser), on Scientific product development. The goal of iterative development is to give us guard rails so we dont veer off to either extreme. Kill it. for H.

Lessons Learned: Product development leverage

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 26, 2009 Product development leverage Leverage has once again become a dirty word in the world of finance, and rightly so. But I want to talk about a different kind of leverage, the kind that you can get in product development. Its a key lean startup concept. Yeah, weve got that.

Five Rules for Making Products That Sell Themselves


They’re afraid to hire, afraid to spend, afraid to risk. Don’t just identify products that look like yours. Just… afraid. Innovation is.

Customer Development Manifesto: Market Type (part 4) « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

In future posts I’ll describe how  Eric Ries and the  Lean Startup concept provided the equivalent model for product development  activities inside the building and neatly integrates customer and agile development. In 1996 Palm was selling a product that allowed users to do something they couldn’t do before. End result? 

Entrepreneurs, Nothing is Real Until You Start Product Development

Robert Ochtel

In addition, until you start the development of your technology, product or service offering nothing is real. It is the realities of the actual development that will cause issues and deviations from your original plan. Knock Down Unanticipated Development Road Blocks. Actively Manage the Development.

5 Reasons Why I Won't Hire a Creative Agency

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And they're all working on different aspects of our business and products. Here's why I decided to build an internal team instead. We move fast.

Hive9 Receives $5.4 Million in Venture Capital


The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to hire five or more additional employees and for product development and marketing, said Darin Hicks, its CEO. Hive9, which makes marketing software, announced Tuesday it has received $5.4 million in funding from LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners.

Don’t hire people you know!

David Teten

Those are good reasons to be friends, but poor reasons to hire someone.  The 18-year-olds were excited to learn the answer. This Inc.

Lessons Learned: Lean hiring tips

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, January 19, 2009 Lean hiring tips In preparing for the strategy series panel this week, I have been doing some thinking about costs. And all of that cost was caused by one activity: hiring. Hiring is no different from any other company process. Is it time to make your first operations hire?

How come ability to hire isn't a criteria for investment?

This is going to be BIG.

Just once I'd like to see a pitch deck with a slide for the hiring plan and *most* importantly, how they're going to execute it. Top talent drives revenues, business development, great product development. and. b) No one's even using *anything* in this space yet, so our true competition is apathy and lack of awareness.

"I don’t worry about specific domain expertise, but I worry about hiring people who don’t interact."

Mark Birch

“"I don’t worry about specific domain expertise, but I worry about hiring people who don’t interact with customers."” - Work-Bench Hosts NYC’s First SaaStr Social (via khuyi ). startups product development

How to build the right management team

Version One Ventures

There’s a lot of debate surrounding the right time to bring executive level hires into your start-up. With that said, here are some general guidelines I have developed over the years for building a management team. First, your hiring/team building strategy should follow two key rules. There are no right answers here.

Ability to Hire

Mark Birch

The discussions typically focus on product development, customer acquisition, pricing strategies, fund raising, and other critical topics. 

The Customer Development Manifesto: The Startup Death Spiral (part.

Steve Blank

This post describes how following the traditional product development can lead to a “startup death spiral.&#  In the next posts that follow, I’ll describe how this model’s failures led to the  Customer Development Model – offering a new way to approach startup sales and marketing activities. Why is it only alarming now?

10 Startup Mistakes You Can't Afford To Make Again

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business takes time to scale and penetrate a market due to organizational growth, hiring, training, brand building and customer adoption.

9 Deadliest Start-up Sins

Steve Blank

These founders specify, design, and build a fully featured product using classic product development methods without ever leaving their building.

Building a High-Tech Startup Team

Business Plan Blog

Hire based on functionality and avoid having too many C’s. Hiring the right people at the right time is key. Early Stage.

Twitch Opens Austin Office


Twitch, the video platform and community for gamers, has opened a new office in Austin with six employees and plans to hire more this year. Ken Demarest, director of product development for Twitch’s Developer Success team, will lead the new office. Twitch’s office is located on South Congress. Austin

Creating Unexpected Joy

Feld Thoughts

Every decision from customer service to product development to whom they hire and fire is filtered through the lens of CUJ. Values matter. A lot. Sure, every company has a set of stated values. But the great companies live these values, which permeate the culture and drive every company decision. GiveForward  is another. Every.

Every so often in my web ramblings, I come across an interesting.

Mark Birch

The result is that the products produced over time are simply not that great.

Lessons Learned: When NOT to listen to your users; when NOT to.

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, October 6, 2008 When NOT to listen to your users; when NOT to rely on split-tests There are three legs to the lean startup concept: agile product development , low-cost (fast to market) platforms , and rapid-iteration customer development. However, that cant be the end of the story. for H.

Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

Steve Blank

It took a long time for our market to develop, so Oracle wasn’t exactly a growth explosion in the early days. Hired the Smartest People.

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An Alternative to Board Decks Some Seed VCs Actually Prefer

View from Seed

The Challenges/Setbacks section should be completely transparent to set up a candid, productive discussion. Section 4: Product Roadmap.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

Both Sides of the Table

Without strong PMs you build crappy products that nobody needs or that real people can’t use. Don’t hire a homogenous team.

Building A Diverse Workforce


If hiring for diversity hasn’t been on your radar yet, it’s your responsibility to bring people of all backgrounds into the fold. The U.S.

Lessons Learned: The ABCDEF's of conducting a technical interview

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, November 29, 2008 The ABCDEFs of conducting a technical interview I am incredibly proud of the people I have hired over the course of my career. This second objective plays no small part in allowing you to hire the best. Hiring decisions are among the most difficult, and the most critical.