Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

agile engineering. The Slides/Video tab on the top of this page has all the open source course material for my classes. One of the great things about being a retired entrepreneur is that I get to give back to the community that helped me. I assembled this collection of free and almost free tools, class syllabi, presentations, books, lectures, videos in the hope that it can make your path as an entrepreneur or educator easier. Free: Startup Tools.

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. Youll learn how they pioneered the use of a lot of open source tools at new levels of scale, and even created quite a few more, that are essential scaling aids.

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How to build an agile and scalable SaaS for long-term success

The Next Web

In creating our proprietary platform, we were also able to utilize a long list of open-source technologies, including Moodle , Flask , and AngularJS and backend technologies for automation, such as Puppet , Jenkins , and Fabric.

What ZenHub adds to GitHub and why it matters to you

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It’s a super solid way of running your master git repo, raising and addressing issues, and creating pull requests whether you’re making a contribution to an Open Source project, on a startup software team or just trying to find good code. and a burndown chart per sprint that gives real meaning to the term velocity in Agile projects. If you need a refresher on the ins and outs of managing software the Agile way, grab this pdf.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Making the World a Safer Place

Steve Blank

Today these potential adversaries are able to harness the power of social networks, encryption, GPS, low-cost drones, 3D printers, simpler design and manufacturing processes, agile and lean methodologies, ubiquitous Internet and smartphones.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Agile Engineering” to have teams prototype, test, and iterate their idea while discovering if they have a profitable business model. This lecture order was embedded in the Udacity Lectures , the syllabi and educators guide I open-sourced.

Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

Like its sister class, Hacking for Defense , our goal is to open-source this class to other universities. This is a first step to a more agile, responsive and resilient, approach to diplomacy and national security in the 21 st century.

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Moving At The Speed Of ‘What’s Next’: Subscription Business Models Spur Continuous Innovation


However, the rhythm of these updates and the frequency at which they are available to users cannot be compared with the ongoing agility and innovation offered by providers of subscription services. Not to mention they need to align themselves with the open source communities defining them.

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

In addition to the proliferation of threats, most of the tools and technologies that were uniquely held by the DoD/IC or only within the reach of large nation states are now commercially available (Cyber, GPS, semiconductors, analytics, centrifuges, drones, genetic engineering, agile and lean methodologies, ubiquitous Internet, crypto and smartphones, etc.). Accelerators, hubs, cafes, open-sourcing, crowd-souring, maker spaces, Chief Innovation Officers, etc.

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New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

Over time, open source software the rise of the next wave of web startups and the embrace of Agile Engineering meant that startups no longer needed millions of dollars to buy specialized computers and license expensive software – they could start a company on their credit cards.

Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

Companies pursuing innovation can Buy, Build, Partner or use Open Innovation. To move innovation faster, we now have 21 st century tools — Business Model Canvas , Customer Development , Agile Engineering – all adding up to a Lean Startup.

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Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

Like its sister class, Hacking for Defense , our goal is to open-source this class to other universities. This is a first step to a more agile, responsive and resilient, approach to diplomacy and national security in the 21 st century.

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How to Raise Micro-Capital Online

Market by Numbers

In this case, if you pledge $10, you get a CD (with the source code), a note from the Diaspora team and a bunch of stickers. Market By Numbers on Twitter | Entries RSS | Comments RSS Market By Numbers High-Tech Marketing and Customer Development Home What is Customer Development?

Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life

Steve Blank

Today open source software has slashed the cost of software development from millions of dollars to thousands. What this means is that the emergence of incubators and super angels have dramatically expanded the sources of seed capital. Entrepreneurs first map their assumptions and then test these hypotheses with customers out in the field (customer development) and use an iterative and incremental development methodology (agile development) to build the product.

Startup Resources

VC Cafe highlights everything you need to know from hosting your code in hackathons to open source legal docs. Lean Methodology Sources. High Quality, and open sourced! Mantis (Open source). Nagios (open source). Panda (Open source).

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. So far, I have found "lean startup" works better with the entrepreneurs Ive talked to than "agile startup" or even "extreme startup.") One that is powered by three drivers, each of which is a part of a major trend: The use of platforms enabled by open source and free software.

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ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

Steve Blank

These Key Performance Indicators and processes are what make a company efficient —but they are also the root cause of its inability to be agile and innovative. Other smart companies are learning how to use Open Innovation pioneered by Henry Chesbrough who teaches here at EDADE.

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Startup Tools

interactions, widgets, effects Django – high-level Python framework Cappuccino – open source framework for app development Kodingen – cloud development environment, code editor, hosting service, collaboration platform. Are your lectures (in b-schools) open to public?

Avoiding Monolithic Regret

Launch Any

The business also benefits by having a more composable business for greater flexibility and agility as new market opportunities emerge. Problems such as loss of agility over time, features requiring longer development time, and a fragile codebase.

Customer Development for Web Startups

Steve Blank

Agile Development is the way startups quickly iterate their product as they learn. A Lean Startup is Eric Ries’s description of the intersection of Customer Development, Agile Development and if available, open platforms and open source.

Accelerating Technology Change and Continuous Learning

Feld Thoughts

Though the notion of a “lean startup” that uses both Agile and Customer Development approaches is ostensibly strongly customer focused, the purpose of these methodologies is for the company to find an maximize its market, not specifically to optimize the user experience. Every time you build your application, you are likely to have some new bugs or incompatibilities related to a change in the language or the libraries (especially open source libraries).

3D Printing: Everything You Need to Know

Inc Startups

“Being able to print new components for their factories as fast as they can innovate is already making manufacturing firms incredibly agile,” Bruce Bradshaw, the VP of global product marketing for Stratasys, told Inc.

Talk to me about… (This will appear on your badge)

Business of Software Blog

CMS, marketing, agile. Opening European office. infosec, open source, pens & apophenia. Agile. Online travel, late-stage bootstrapping, international expansion, open data. It’s always entertaining to see how people respond to this question. This appears on attendee badges and is usually an entertaining way to get conversations going. Not everyone realizes we’re serious. We are.

The unfortunate math behind consulting companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Maybe that means going to a conference or two, or working on an open-source project, or instituting “10% time&# at work (like Google’s 20% time but more reasonable for those of us who don’t have billions in profit from a cash-cow).

Do lean startup principles have a place in the enterprise?

The Next Web

The engineering philosophy behind it makes total sense – move fast, build quickly, automate testing, validate your decisions through data, leverage open source when you can, build MVPs and get as close to continuous deployment as you can.

25 Things that make hiring technical talent much easier

This is going to be BIG.

You have development practices in place (Agile, Scrum, test driven, etc). You actively contribute to open source projects as part of your development. You already have other top tier tech talent that they can learn from, get mentorship from, and be challenged by. You're working on a technically interesting problem. A technical person is the one recruiting them. You can pay at or above market rate, which is already pretty high right now.


Lean Startup at Scale

Startup Lessons Learned

One good example is the way in which we''ve adjusted the length of different phases of our agile sprints. We don''t follow a set agile methodology, but rather follow a more home-grown, minimal version of various approaches. At this point, we have our own open-sourced click tracking "lil brother," an internal data visualization tool built on Rickshaw, as well as an A/B testing platform called Absinthe. Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference.

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The cloud landscape described, categorized, and compared

The Enterprise Architect building an Agile Enterprise Home MDD PaaS Startup Presentations About The cloud landscape described, categorized, and compared October 12, 2013 Johan Den Haan 10 comments “I work for a PaaS company” I answered him. Other examples are what Heroku calls a  Dyno ,  CloudFoundry Warden , and the most recent one by Google:  lmctfy  (it seems that creating and open sourcing your own application container is the new hip).

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Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

Startup Lessons Learned

If youre trying to design an architecture to maximize agility, how can that work if some people are working in TDD and others not? If not, whos going to insist we switch to free and open source software?

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Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 5 openings

The Product Guy

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Keywords: Agile, Intern, Product, Product Manager, Technology. Keywords: global, ideation, implementation, open source, social change. If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. .

New York, London, San Francisco — The Latest Product Management Opportunities

The Product Guy

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Technical Product Manager/Solutions Architect @ Lifion, by ADP (NYC (Chelsea)) Keywords: Agile, Architecture, Product Management, Software Engineering, UI Design [link]. Sr Product Manager – Enterprise @ Bitnami (San Francisco, CA) Keywords: Cloud, Container, Enterprise, open source, virtualization [link].

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? We made an image browser with thumbnail previews so you didn't have to open each file individually to see what it was. (In

Disrupting Proctor & Gamble

Scott Weiss

But things have changed so dramatically in software development… The rise of open source has ramped up productivity as thousands of people contribute features and bug fixes. Short, agile development cycles incorporate customer feedback and allow developers to iterate in weeks versus months. Quirky develops prototypes with a 3-D printer to quickly iterate designs and the crowd-sourced feedback de-risks the products before they hit the retail shelves.

Netflix's Advice on Moving to Amazon Web Services

Cockcroft says business agility and the inability to predict capacity are the main drivers for moving to AWS.

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When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars

Steve Blank

Today open source software has slashed the cost of software development from millions of dollars to thousands. The emergence of incubators and super angels have dramatically expanded the sources of seed capital. When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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. Emarketer made a similar prediction that the future would belong to those with advanced data skills (check out the “in 3 years” bars below): Image Source.

Aarhus Engineering Hub Supports Uber's Global Operations


This highly agile model yields extreme ownership and consequently high quality software. Uber’s software stack is created entirely based on open-source software, and a variety of programming languages are used. “We’re

Building a $7 Billion Software Company: How to Scale Up | Business of Software Europe | UK Cabinet Office

Business of Software Blog

Large enterprises and governments are adopting cloud, open source, SaaS platforms and bespoke agile apps. We’re in the Second Machine Age, demand for software is rocketing. They’re trying to re-engineer processes, transform service quality and costs. There has never been a better time to grow a software business and sell to large organisations.

Embrace technical debt

Startup Lessons Learned

I hope to show why lean and agile techniques actually reduce the negative impacts of technical debt and increase our ability to take advantage of its positive effects. The biggest source of waste in new product development is building something that nobody wants. Yet other agile principles suggest the opposite, as in YAGNI and DoTheSimplestThingThatCouldPossiblyWork. Leverage product development with open source and third parties.

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Twitter Link Roundup #82 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

What You Need to Know About Agile UX – [link]. This analysis on Facebook open sourcing data center/hardware seems to miss the point – [link].