Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development
JULY 30, 2014
Two methods, Design Thinking and Customer Development (the core of the Lean Startup) provide the tactical day-to-day process of how to turn ideas into products. . Customer Development versus Design Thinking.
Working with Developers
APRIL 28, 2014
There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. I guess it should not be a surprise that Founders have lots of challenges working with developers. But my developers want to go into way too much detail.
Why Your Business Needs A Web Design Style Guide
MARCH 29, 2017
If you rely on your brand image and reputation, there is nothing more important than having a web design style guide in place to protect that image online. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing personal website web design web development
Business Development vs. Product Management
The Product Guy
APRIL 4, 2017
In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Chris Butler, lead a conversation around “Business Development vs. Product Management”. Ladislav focuses on user centric product development, especially on brand, usability and revenue product challenges.
The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design
OCTOBER 24, 2014
It has three parts: a business model canvas to frame hypotheses, customer development to get out of the building to test those hypotheses and agile engineering to build minimum viable products. Tells you how to design new ventures with it. Product/Market fit now has its own book.
7 Useful Web Design Tips For Entrepreneurs
MARCH 23, 2017
Effective web design involves creating a practical and aesthetically pleasing site. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing web design web developmentHere are 7 useful tips to keep in mind.
Document Your MVP for a Developer
DECEMBER 19, 2012
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. what format would you and the developer want that in? Conversations with a technical advisors or possible developers should be iterative.
Startup CTO or Developer
JANUARY 26, 2010
What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. But often the result of a Founder hiring a developer or lead developer or even a VP engineering is a gap created between the founders and the developers.
The Significance of SEO in Web Design
Duct Tape Marketing
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
The Significance of SEO in Web Design written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. SEO includes a variety of factors and plays a critical role in web design. Web design and SEO work together and more web designers are choosing to integrate SEO when designing websites.
A Designer’s Perspective on Working with Product Managers
The Product Guy
MARCH 14, 2017
A product manager just stopped by the desk of the designer on a lazy Thursday afternoon. The designer showed him something, and they started discussing a new feature’s design loudly. The designer just took a deep breath and hid his face behind his hands.
Why A High Quality Mobile App Design Is Essential
APRIL 23, 2016
Not all mobile app designers are created equal. Some app designers are difficult to work with or fail to deliver on their promises. This is not the case with companies like Magora , who understand why high quality business app design is essential.
Design is Purpose Driven and Solves Problems
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
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. (It’s You won’t always know why a certain application is built a certain way or a certain design was implemented.
Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development
JUNE 26, 2012
They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. The teams involved didn't seem to be exhibiting many of the Symptoms of a Weak Development Team.
Personas for Customer Development
JULY 13, 2011
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
JULY 23, 2012
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? Given likely market changes, how will we design and build so that the systems can respond to marketplace changes? How will we find and interview developers?
User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers
The Product Guy
JANUARY 31, 2017
In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Marc Wendell, lead a conversation around “UX Design Tactics”. Ladislav focuses on user centric product development, especially on brand, usability and revenue product challenges.
10 Important Web Design Best Practices and Tips for Small Business Websites
JANUARY 4, 2016
Today, we’ll cover web design best practices and tips. We’ll point you to great resources and examples and highlight recent changes in web design. Here are our top 10 tips to help you create an awesome website design in 2016: 1. Use a responsive design.
It’s Time To Design Human Experiences Versus Products
Startup Professionals Musings
DECEMBER 25, 2015
Much has been written about product design, but designing the total experience from the front rarely happens yet. In a new book, “ X: The Experience When Business Meets Design ,” Brian Solis details how to design the whole experience, rather than just the product.
Design Staff ? Design without a design team
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Design Staff. Design without a design team. Sean McBride / Web Developer, Adobe Typekit. In an ideal world, every company has a dedicated design team. Must they wait until they’re big enough to hire a full design team before they can practice good design?
6 Effective Website Design Strategies That Directly Impacts Your Business
OCTOBER 12, 2014
Focus on design or choose the right technology. Deepak Chauhan loves to help his clients with his design strategies to attract, engage and convert. He is the CEO & Founder of VOCSO Web Studio , a website design & development agency based in Delhi/NCR, India.
How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy
Both Sides of the Table
JANUARY 16, 2012
He’s focused on that sector (not exclusively but predominantly) and therefore has an amazing network at large financial services firms to help you with business development. So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. They’re the place focused on design.
Take your Professional Development to the Crowd
OCTOBER 7, 2016
At crowdSPRING, a community of over 190,000 creatives collaborates with businesses around the world to help them stand out with quality designs and copywriting on a daily basis. But can the crowd contribute to professional development? Designers.
Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development
Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook
MARCH 5, 2015
Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge. Better Questions Means Better Answers for Regional Economic Development. Economic Development is important and challenging work. But it’s much more than an econ developer’s creativity.
On the (un?)importance of design
A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks
JUNE 13, 2011
We recently underwent a Cinderella-like transformation: A total redesign of the WP Engine website from despicable steaming pile of hideousness to a designed, thematic — dare I say artistic? If our website design was repulsive — literally — the bounce rate should now diminish.
Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing
Duct Tape Marketing
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. As you plan your content marketing strategy, consider using design and visual storytelling to differentiate your content from the competition. Why design?
Web Designers vs. Web Developers
NOVEMBER 30, 2010
Funny graphic by @shanesnow that captures the difference between web designers vs. web developers: Like the issue of Startup CTO or Developer , often startup founders who are less technical have this same question. Do I need a designer or a developer?
Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn
NOVEMBER 1, 2011
Design Staff. Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. Finding the perfect designer to join your team is tough — there’s no way around it. I’ve struggled for months searching for the right designer.
Top 4 Crowdsourced Logo Design Sites for Small Businesses
Up and Running
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
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. With today’s logo design crowdsourcing services, you still have lots of options for good small business logo design.
Designing Products from Scratch: An Interview with UX Leader Josh Porter
View from Seed
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
Below, Josh talks about designing features from nothing and how to make important design choices during the pre-seed and seed-stage phases of startup growth. JP: So I love this question because it gets to a very important issue in product design and growth: user bias.
Design Staff ? How designers and engineers can play nice (and.
DECEMBER 22, 2011
Design Staff. How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors). As a designer at engineering-centric companies for the last 10 years or so, I spend a lot of time working with engineers. But there is a reason why teams need both design and engineering.
Combining big ideas and lean development practices
The Equity Kicker
JUNE 9, 2015
Lots of Forward Partners portfolio companies have used lean development practices to great effect (many of them with our assistance) and all of them are pursuing big and ambitious projects (defined as targeting £100m-1bn+ exits).
Should Your Company Develop a Mobile App?
OCTOBER 6, 2016
And there are a deluge of experts out there who insist that the development of brand-centric mobile applications is the future of marketing. And given that the average mobile application costs an average of $150,000 to develop and that brands primarily use paid media to promote their apps, this very expensive endeavor may appear to have a questionable return. This knowledge will serve as the foundation for conversations about function and design moving forward, so start here.
Software Development Estimates, Where Do I Start?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
For some reason many people discuss the problem of estimating software development timeframes without properly understanding the issue. Meta-question: does software development look like the first or the second kind? Most software developers would be like monks copying manuscripts.
Book: Product Design for the Web
OCTOBER 12, 2014
Last week Fred Wilson wrote a post recommending two books including Randy Hunt’s Product Design for the Web: Principles of Designing and Releasing Web Products. “People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s about product design.
Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)
JANUARY 28, 2013
He gave my innovation team free reign on designing a new employee innovation program. The design challenge. Our challenge was to design a program that could: Teach participants on how to turn their ideas into fundable experiments.
Developing a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Curriculum
DECEMBER 14, 2012
The class was designed to teach educators (and the entrepreneurs that support them) the Lean LaunchPad approach (Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Engineering) for teaching entrepreneurship. Align and train mentors to embrace customer development.
Turn Your Web Design Talent Into Freelance Success
APRIL 19, 2016
By Dan Bochichio, co-founder of Bocain Designs. With so much demand and opportunity, now seems like a great time to tap into the market for quality freelance web designers, but what can you expect? Web design is an increasingly competitive profession.
Twitter Link Roundup #275 – Fascinating Stuff for Small Business, Startups, and Design!
JUNE 26, 2015
We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Intriguing Graphic Design Books & Resources – Print Magazine crowdspring.co/1BdHpX9.
Twitter Link Roundup #251 – Cool ideas about Small Business, Startups, and Design!
JANUARY 9, 2015
We do like to talk about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Turning Qualitative User Data Into Actionable Design crowdspring.co/1AcHlUq.
Creating Startup Success – Customer Development + Business Model Design
NOVEMBER 15, 2010
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. Filed under: Business Model versus Business Plan , Customer Development. Tags: Business Model versus Business Plan Customer Development