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Why There Will Never Be Another Red Hat: The Economics of Open Source

Peter Levine

Open source software powers the world’s technology. Great for open source, a little disappointing for Red Hat. on its head.

Lessons Learned: Great open source scalability tools from Danga

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, September 5, 2008 Great open source scalability tools from Danga If you are trying to build a scalable LAMP service, its always best to start with the original and still quite relevant presentation, from Brad Fitzpatrick when he was at LiveJournal. You can find the 2005 version here. Expo SF (May.

Disrupting Proctor & Gamble

Scott Weiss

Their “big bang” approach shoots out a new product globally with the hopes of propelling it to over $1 billion in sales in the first few years. This process usually takes about 18 to 24 months and results in about a 50 percent success rate for new products. So why do thousands of people help Quirky make products? They get paid!

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The open API secret

Start Up Blog

The biggest flip the technology age has done on the industrial era is the open API. For the uninitiated, an open API (Application Program Interface) is a word used to describe sets of technologies that enable websites to interact with each other. Existing web companies get their new product development for free.

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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.

Democratizing IoT Hardware Innovation For Startups – A Radical Approach To A Practical Problem


Yet, entrepreneurs in the US – who are drivers of this change – are subjected to exorbitant cost models of production, creating a lag in innovation.

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The unfortunate math behind consulting companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

And let’s suppose you want to allocate just a little time for career development. Build a product. Easy money, right? What to do?

Lessons Learned: The lean startup

Startup Lessons Learned

But by taking advantage of open source, agile software, and iterative development, lean startups can operate with much less waste. I am heavily indebted to earlier theorists, and highly recommend the books Lean Thinking and Lean Software Development. Labels: customer development , lean startup 8comments: Amy said.

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What Does the Future Hold for Conversion Optimization?


Image Source. With agile development cycles and uncertain monetization models, they live and die by data and experimentation. Conclusion.

Startup Resources

VC Cafe highlights everything you need to know from hosting your code in hackathons to open source legal docs. Lean Methodology Sources.

A New Enterprise Software Franchise: Optimizely

Scott Weiss

Out of these efforts, a number of projects like MapReduce Cassandra, BigTable, and Borg have been commercialized into products, companies, or open-source projects like Hadoop. Optimizely just launched its iOS product and is already seeing tremendous demand from new and existing customers. Classic disruption.

How to Crowdsource Anything

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

According to Wikipedia --itself one of the best examples of the technique--" Crowdsourcing is a distributed problem-solving and production model.

Why Launching a Startup Is More Expensive Than You Think

For example, my company decided early on to hire a UI designer, which has helped tremendously with our product development. link].

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 2: Business Model Hypotheses

Steve Blank

what’s the product? The problem is that the product was free for end users and few Research institutions purchased site licenses.

Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

Startup Lessons Learned

If not, whos going to insist we switch to free and open source software? Labels: product development 15comments: mukund said.

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The Complete Startup Reading List


Malcolm Gladwell’s book offers an exploration on how ideas, trends, and products reach a tipping point to find success. Startups Open Sourced.

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All Talks From Business of Software Conferences in One Place

Business of Software Blog

Des Traynor: Lessons Learned in Growing a Product Business. Bill Janeway: Productive Bubbles. Jack Lang: Changing the Way we do Software with Open Source Hardware. Des Traynor: Product Strategy is About Saying “No” Revisited. Michael Skok: Building Products into Valuable Sustainable Businesses.

Too Many Leaders Still Rely on Their ‘Golden Gut’

Startup Professionals Musings

We’ve all worked with autocratic leaders in large companies who seem to thrive in this mode. It’s been downhill from there. The power of culture.

Startup Tools

It became my bible (after the real one to develop my company LocalBooking. Are your lectures (in b-schools) open to public? Thank you.

Measure twice, cut once

Google Ventures

Yet as the product manager, at each team meeting I’d hear from our engineers about the growing burden FTP represented. In my current role at Google Ventures, I’m fortunate to talk with a number of entrepreneurs in our portfolio about product strategy. if the feature does not support the overall product goals, it has to go.

Jonas Weigert on A/B Testing Beyond the Landing Page (Q&A)


As LawnStarter’s CTO, he heads their technical efforts, which includes experimentation across their product and communications.

Real Unfair Advantages

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

No, wait, I'm sorry, the real question is: What are you going to do when there are four totally free, open-source competitors? P.P.S.

Lean Startup at Scale

Startup Lessons Learned

We work in prototypically four-week iterations, with quality engineers and software developers working in close collaboration. During this period, the Palantir Gotham team grew from five developers to around 35. But we couldn''t have identified this without having clear metrics (that high bug count) to assess our development process.

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Embrace technical debt

Startup Lessons Learned

Like a financial debt, the technical debt incurs interest payments, which come in the form of the extra effort that we have to do in future development because of the quick and dirty design choice. Startups especially can benefit by using technical debt to experiment, invest in process, and increase their product development leverage.

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Twitter Link Roundup #235 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

crowdSPRING Blog

Legal Contracts for Software Developers Who Hate Contracts (w/free contract template to use today) – [link]. Nicely done, Megan. 1y6EixS.

Lessons Learned: The three drivers of growth for your business.

Startup Lessons Learned

You get increasing growth by optimizing the viral loop , and you get revenue as a side-effect, assuming you have even the most anemic monetization scheme baked into your product. Paid - if your product monetizes customers better than your competitors, you have the opportunity to use your lifetime value advantage to drive growth. for H.

Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable

Chris Dixon

InfiniTrust intends to create a new type of desktop security product that we call a “web reputation service.” This is all mostly true. Problem.

How HTML5 Is Aiding in Cross-Platform Development

Sourcebits offers design and development services for iOS, Android, Mobile and Web platforms. Have an account? Let us know. Chrome and Safari.


Are You Raising Too Much Money?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Raising smaller amounts tends to keep your options open and your investors’ expectations reasonable. billion. It keeps things real.

When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars

Steve Blank

Compressing the Product Development Cycle. Today startups have begun to build products differently. Ralph Waldo Emerson. At once.

Entrepreneurs Who Rule By Gut Instinct Usually Lose

Startup Professionals Musings

We’ve all worked with autocratic leaders in large companies who seem to thrive in this mode. It’s been downhill from there. A recent book by Thomas H.

Startup anti-pattern: platform risk

High Contrast

Betting on a platform focuses product development both because of technology/API choices and because of the automatic reduction in the customer/user pool. Thousands of small game & other types of content developers in the Web & Flash ecosystem were affected and had to either abandon iOS development or find new costly talent.

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Lessons Learned: A new version of the Joel Test (draft)

Startup Lessons Learned

I am convinced one of Joel Spolskys lasting contributions to the field of managing software teams will turn out to be the Joel Test , a checklist of 12 essential practices that you could use to rate the effectiveness of a software product development team. Lets start with the original list: Do you use source control ? for H.

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How To Survive a Ground-Up Rewrite Without Losing Your Sanity


In which he urgently recommends that, no matter what, please god listen to me, don''t rewrite your product from scratch? Please do that. Always.

Why PHP Is Fun and Easy But Python Is Marriage Material


The decision came down to one strong, dominant factor: I was more productive in C# than I was in anything else, and that mattered — a lot.

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Native App vs. Web App: Which Is Better for Mobile Commerce?

Sourcebits offers design and development services for iOS, Android, Mobile and Web platforms. ); // Welcome to Mashable! Have an account?

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Launching Tech Ventures: Part I, Course Overview

Platforms and Networks

This is the first of four posts about Launching Technology Ventures (LTV), a new MBA elective course I'm developing at Harvard Business School to explore lean startup management practices. Most startups fail — usually due to lack of customer demand, not product development problems. How do firms design products for virality?

Lessons Learned: SEM on five dollars a day

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, September 13, 2008 SEM on five dollars a day How do you build a new product with constant customer feedback while simultaneously staying under the radar? In a mature company with a mature product, the goal is to pay for lots of people to come to your website. SEM is a simple idea. Still zero.

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Lessons Learned: The one line split-test, or how to A/B all the time

Startup Lessons Learned

In my experience, the majority of changes we made to products have no effect at all on customer behavior. The goal is to have split-testing be a continuous part of our development process, so much so that it is considered a completely routine part of developing a new feature. First of all, why split-test? See Ideas. Implement.

Lessons Learned: Five Whys

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Thursday, November 13, 2008 Five Whys Taiichi Ohno was one of the inventors of the Toyota Production System. His book Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production is a fascinating read, even though its decidedly non-practical. It also has multiple environments (in addition to production).