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. Participate in the entire engineering cycle.
A growth engine without a profit engine is incomplete thinking
The Equity Kicker
MARCH 9, 2015
In addition to a growth engine, companies need to understand their profit engine. I just saw this diagram on Growthhackers in an article explaining Uber’s success. And they have had a lot of success.
Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take
View from Seed
APRIL 21, 2016
How do you build your engineering/dev team from the ground up? What kind of engineers do you need? Now consider a few high-level categories of engineers: Front-End. The best engineers I’ve worked with cross into multiple categories. If you know you are building something that is web-based but very UI intensive, an engineer with lots of Front-End experience is ideal. This is about trust — a lot of trust goes into this first engineering generalist.
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. Websites that do not appear on the first page of search engine results when people carry out searches can be regarded as non-existent among online users. Search Engine Friendly Sites.
The Product Designer Role
AUGUST 29, 2016
The Product Designer Role. You got the go ahead to hire some in-house designers. Up until now you’ve been relying on an external agency for the majority of your design work and this is going to enable you to create a team that is much more responsive and predictable. Your next task is to define the product design role within your company. Here's a short list of important attributes of the modern product designer role: (1) Product Orientation.
How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors)
DECEMBER 22, 2011
As a designer at engineering-centric companies for the last 10 years or so, I spend a lot of time working with engineers. Designers, you can create these kinds of relationships with engineers too — you just need to cut through the personal biases of both designers and engineers to create space for effective partnerships. I’ve worked in consulting, in academia, and at one of the top engineering companies in the world. Engineers!
Why Yammer believes the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead
FEBRUARY 27, 2013
Kris Gale, VP of Engineering at Yammer, argues the key to building fast at scale lies in small teams. At the end of the day, it’s *your* job as a CTO to think about how engineering can be organized and optimized.
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.
Yahoo's New Logo Design: Micromanaged, Over-Engineered, Boring
SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
According to published reports, the new logo wasn’t designed by a top corporate identification firm. Instead, a company spokesman says, the work was handled by "an in-house brand design group and product designers." Because it was created by product designers and engineers.
Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers
JULY 28, 2011
Silicon Valley was born in an era of applied experimentation driven by scientists and engineers. government agency that supports research in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering - is changing the startup landscape for scientists and engineers.
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”. He translates complex business problems into solutions that are easily consumed by engineering, marketing and sales.
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.
Engineering spirals: 10 philosophies to facilitate innovation
The Next Web
MARCH 25, 2014
Daniel Jacobson (Twitter | LinkedIn) is the VP of Edge Engineering for the Netflix API. Because of this growing importance, it is essential for engineering leaders to maintain a culture of innovation within their teams to ensure high performance and to keep the company ahead of.
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.
Design Staff ? Design without a design team
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Design Staff. Design without a design team. In an ideal world, every company has a dedicated design team. The business-development person organizes marketing events; the engineer draws the illustration for the funny 404 page; the office manager runs the mailing list.
A Great Graduation Speech For Engineers And Entrepreneurs
JUNE 14, 2011
My friend Krista Marks (now at Disney – which acquired her first company – Kerpoof ) sent me a copy of the graduation speech she gave at the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing on May 8th. I asked her if I could reprint it here – it’s applicable to any engineer or future entrepreneur, not just recent college graduates. In 1989, I graduated with degree in Electrical Engineering from the USC.
How top startups pay designers
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
A few weeks ago I had coffee with an experienced product designer. One was an almost perfect match — the right design challenges and aligned with Carl’s personal interests. In less than 24 hours the CEO sent Carl an offer to be their lead designer. He personally felt undervalued and he worried that the company’s culture might underrate design generally. It’s pretty easy to get a range of salaries for “UX Designer in San Francisco”, for instance. Design Hiring
Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine. Recommendation engines are arguably one of the trendiest uses of data science in startups today. A recommendation engine is a feature (not a product) that filters items by predicting how a user might rate them.
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? Here’s the data: Can you see at what point in time we changed design?
Web Design Strategies for Turning Visitors into Paying Customers
Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog
OCTOBER 25, 2015
It may be that your web design that is the culprit. If you believe this is the case, here are some things to consider as you evaluate and remodel your website design. Ease of Navigation must be at the Forefront of your Web Design Strategy. You can provide your readers with great content and an extremely appealing design, but you will lose them over navigation each and every time. Second, as part of their process of ranking websites , search engines track bounce rates.
How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Product and Engineering. Design. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Ian Langworth started his career as an O’Reilly author and software engineer at Google. Design.
Startups: Stop Trying To Hire Ninja-Rockstar Engineers
AUGUST 6, 2012
He was formerly the co-founder and CTO at Designer Pages. While companies fight tooth and nail over engineers with MIT or Stanford degrees with years of experience, as CTO of designer pages, my best hires were consistently entry-level developers that I developed on the job.
Design Staff ? How to interview a designer with the perfect design.
DECEMBER 29, 2011
Design Staff. How to interview a designer with the perfect design exercise. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. I wasn’t really good at interviewing designers until I had a few dozen interviews to compare. The design exercise.
Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend
JANUARY 24, 2014
Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Part 3: Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster.
Design Staff ? Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think.
MARCH 22, 2012
Design Staff. Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think like a user. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. When I first started designing interactive products, it was a struggle. I used to design screens. Story-centered design.
How to interview a designer with the perfect design exercise
DECEMBER 29, 2011
Now that we’re past hunting for unicorns , and we know what design roles are needed at a startup , it’s time to get into the gritty details: the design interview. I wasn’t really good at interviewing designers until I had a few dozen interviews to compare. The design exercise.
GV Guide to Design Critique
MARCH 23, 2015
Critiques are one of the most important ingredients to great design, but far too often designers leave critiques secretly feeling scattered, frustrated, and disempowered. Even when everyone is well-meaning, there are many subtle ways a critique can go off the rails and hurt your design process. To deliver great design, teams need a culture of healthy feedback. It’s easier, but silence won’t push designers from average solutions to great design.
Twitter Link Roundup #284 – Late Summer Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!
AUGUST 28, 2015
We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Lost Designs: Making Digital Versions of Wood Type – Print Magazine crowdspring.co/1UXXCW5.
Twitter Link Roundup #268 – Pristine Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!
MAY 8, 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! 6 Thoughts on Creating and Leading Engineering Teams – buff.ly/1zNp7eB.
Small Business Marketing 2014: Smart Web Design Best Practices and Tips
MARCH 4, 2014
Today, we’ll cover small business web design best practices and tips. Many things have changed – we’ll point you to great new resources and examples – but the fundamental best practices of good web design have remained consistent. Use a responsive design.
Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?
Both Sides of the Table
APRIL 20, 2010
This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. This post is designed mostly for non-technical founders. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams.
Twitter Link Roundup #270 – Exemplary Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!
MAY 22, 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! How to Create Shareworthy Content | Search Engine Journal [link] crowdspring.co/1A7xhOR
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.
Are Marketers Now Required to be Engineers Too?
Startup Marketing Blog
JANUARY 11, 2013
As much as I hate to admit it, online marketers with engineering backgrounds often have a significant advantage over non-engineering marketers. Not only are engineering marketers more capable of getting the essentials done, they can use their reserve of time and creative energy to be scrappy about building marketing experiments. And of course the experiments they build on their own can be much more interesting than us non-engineers.
Should designers trust their instincts — or the data?
JANUARY 15, 2014
For many tech companies, design is no longer subjective. Analytics click and hum behind the scenes, measuring the effectiveness of even the tiniest design decisions. In the design world, there’s always been a dichotomy between data and instinct. Design instincts matter.
Applying Product Management to Web Design in a Multiscreen Era
The Product Guy
OCTOBER 25, 2016
In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ian Moulton, lead a conversation around “Multiscreen Web Design”. He translates complex business problems into solutions that are easily consumed by engineering, marketing and sales.
Why Your Website Needs a Storyteller Instead of a Designer
Duct Tape Marketing
JANUARY 3, 2017
Why Your Website Needs a Storyteller Instead of a Designer written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. The trouble with most sites, however, stems to some degree from how the web design industry is viewed. Great web design today supports; it does not dominate.
Twitter Link Roundup #249 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More
DECEMBER 26, 2014
We do like to talk about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days – crowdspring.co/1G5fCq0. Was Your Design Stolen?
Design Staff ? Welcome to Design Staff
OCTOBER 31, 2011
Design Staff. Welcome to Design Staff. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. My job is to help startups design better products. So I’m often doing hands-on work — helping teams get through one iteration of a user-centered design process.
Design Staff ? The product design sprint: a five-day recipe for startups
OCTOBER 2, 2012
Design Staff. The product design sprint: a five-day recipe for startups. Jake Knapp / Design Partner, Google Ventures. At Google Ventures, we do product design work with startups all the time. One day I noticed something about my own design projects.