It’s a Big Step from Engineer to an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Every engineer who has invented some new technology, or is adept at creating solutions, believes that is the hard part, and it should be a short step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur. Engineers assume that the business issues can be resolved later.

Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

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This is frustrating for entrepreneurs. If such a tool existed, then an entrepreneur could point the tool at his/her website, generate some data about stage, geography, and sector, and then generate a list of VC firms that are good targets. And I think entrepreneurs who are going out to raise capital would find it incredibly valuable. So I imagine that somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 entrepreneurs are going out to raise VC money on an annual basis right now.

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Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

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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. I think the answer is tricky, depending on who you are as an entrepreneur.

A growth engine without a profit engine is incomplete thinking

The Equity Kicker

My issue is that entrepreneurs seeing the diagram above and seeking to emulate the success of Uber might latch onto a strategy that delivers growth but not a sustainable business. In addition to a growth engine, companies need to understand their profit engine.

Content Diversity is Key to Search Engine Optimisation Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The idea is that the more popular your content is, the more likely it is to be shared and linked to which will contribute to your search engine optimisation success. Author Bio: Kira works for The WebMarketing Group , an internet marketing company specialising in search engine optimisation.

Design Staff ? How designers and engineers can play nice (and.

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. Here are my top tips for creating effective design and engineering relationships.

Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine

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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.

Engineering spirals: 10 philosophies to facilitate innovation

The Next Web

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.

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Part 1: Bend, Oregon Ecosystem and Entrepreneurs. Part 3: Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster. Local entrepreneurs just made it up as they went.

How to Improve Your Content for the Search Engines… Fast

Rembrandt Communications

As an entrepreneur, you know you need to build online awareness and get high rankings on the search engines. Business Content Marketing Content Strategy Copywriting Increase Sales Repuation Management Sales SEO SEO Copywriting Social Media Strategy Web Copywriting Writing Tips content content strategy search engine optimization SEO content strategy 3 No-Cost Ways to Get Noticed Online Improve your content to boost online awareness.

7 Worst Entrepreneurial Perceptions From Engineers

Startup Professionals Musings

Every engineer who has invented some new technology, or is adept at creating solutions, believes that is the hard part, and it should be a short step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur. Engineers assume that the business issues can be resolved later.

Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs

View from Seed

Saurya Velagapudi is a senior software engineer at Google, based in their Cambridge, Mass., I recently chatted with Saurya about how he approaches hiring engineers at Google and what founders can learn. NV: What are some basics you’d recommend to anyone hiring an engineer?

5 Key Actions To Maximize Entrepreneur Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. For survival, entrepreneurs need to be all about accomplishing results that matter for themselves, their team, and their customers. choices entrepreneur Kory Kogon productivity

Great Entrepreneurs Sell Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his investor pitch to me by touting his new technology. A technology-driven business is driven by engineers. customer entrepreneur investor solution startup technology

Motivational Hacks From 4 Successful Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

So take a look at these motivational hacks from four successful entrepreneurs to bounce out of bed tomorrow with a fresh new outlook. Stephanie Lampkin‘s CV boasts an engineering degree from Stanford and an MBA from MIT. Who are your favourite entrepreneurs and why?

Entrepreneurs Need Time Management Accelerators

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs fantasize about days longer than 24 hours, convinced that their new venture could change the world, if they just had more time. However, this topic is particularly critical to entrepreneurs, who struggle with challenges and crises every day that they didn’t anticipate.

Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

Steve Blank

Entrepreneurs as Dissidents. These entrepreneurs are the ones who want to change “what is” and turn it into “what can be.“ Entrepreneurs in the United States take for granted our freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of thought. Here’s to the crazy ones.

5 Entrepreneur Ideas That Investors See Too Often

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Search engines. You can find web sites like the Comprehensive List of Search Engines , which is nothing but a list of 250+ available search engines. Invested Interests business entrepreneur ideas startup

The Hidden Economic Engine

The Entrepreneurial Mind

We have been told time and time again that it will be entrepreneurs who will pull us out of this ongoing recession. It seems that a growing number of entrepreneurs around the globe are not waiting for the government to enact some major policy to assist them, or even for the government to get out of their way. While the official unemployment figures continue to hover around 9% in the U.S.,

10 Entrepreneur Alternatives To Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

My first advice for new entrepreneurs is to pick a domain that doesn’t have the sky-high up-front development costs, like online web sites and smart phone apps. Exchanging your services for services is possible with legal counsel, accountants, engineers, and even sales people.

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Google+

YoungUpstarts

First of all, Google is the queen mother of all search engines. Secondly, Google has some really outstanding products that are attached to its search engine. The majority of entrepreneurs market to their local area. by Alicia Lawrence, WebpageFX .

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Highlights from Our Webcast on Lean Startup for Engineers

Startup Lessons Learned

Last week, Eric sat down with developer Dan Milstein --one of the most popular speakers from the 2012 Lean Startup Conference --for a webcast conversation on getting engineers into the Lean Startup cycle. There were some great take-aways from this conversation, not just for engineers, but for anyone trying to rethink how a startup approaches its defining problem—uncertainty. The question then becomes: What can engineers, and everyone else at a startup, do to reduce that uncertainty?

This Product Prioritization System Nabbed Pandora 70 Million Monthly Users with Just 40 Engineers

Redeye VC

When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, Pandora employed fewer than 40 engineers. Compared to Twitter and Facebook, with their armies of engineers, Pandora is one of those rare Hail Mary success stories that keeps entrepreneurs and investors betting on long-shots.

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Many Entrepreneurs Are Too Busy, But Not Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. For survival, entrepreneurs need to be all about accomplishing results that matter for themselves, their team, and their customers.

Case Study: Resolving Airline Engineering Issues Using Videoconferencing

YoungUpstarts

Airline engineering issues arise due to lack of oversight; methods used for risk management and the use of temporary employees and outsourced specialists. We offer videoconferencing services that can bring airline engineers together online to resolve issues and discuss the industry.

Lessons from Facebook on Recruiting Elite Engineers

David Teten

Following is a guest post from ff Venture Capital winter intern Max Segan , a Colgate senior majoring in computer science, who is starting at Facebook this summer as a software engineer. From our perspective, Facebook is both our friend (training hundreds of talented future entrepreneurs) and enemy (competing with our portfolio companies for top talent like Max.)

Technical Entrepreneurs Often Fail By Early Adopters

Startup Professionals Musings

Every technical entrepreneur is an early adopter of technology, so naturally they build things with people like themselves in mind. Moore, “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs don’t realize how much it relates to them. Balance your focus on engineering elegance.

Entrepreneurs Must Start Selling And Listening Early

Startup Professionals Musings

Savvy entrepreneurs start testing their ideas on potential customers even before the concept is fully cooked. You want people to see you as an evangelist for hydrogen fuel, for example, so your later auto engine will have credibility by default.

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?

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Entrepreneur DNA. Entrepreneur turned VC. Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? 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.

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The 5 Most Common Frustrations Of An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

The best part of being an entrepreneur is having the independence to make your own decisions, the flexibility for a better work/life balance, and personal satisfaction from driving change. Traction – Entrepreneurs gain traction by executing well, with focus, accountability, and discipline.

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Meet Cash Flow Peaks

Startup Professionals Musings

My first advice for new entrepreneurs is to pick a domain, such as online web sites and smart phone apps, that doesn’t have the sky-high up-front development costs. Exchanging your services for services is possible with legal counsel, accountants, engineers, and even sales people.

28 Entrepreneurs Reveal What Entrepreneurship Means to Them

Hearpreneur

Being an entrepreneur is a source of pride. It is the ambition of an entrepreneur that built the most profitable and successful companies. Here are the core components of what being an entrepreneur means to me. Before I became an entrepreneur, I studied to be a lawyer.

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Investors Measure Entrepreneurs By Cashflow Mileage

Startup Professionals Musings

Desperate entrepreneurs lose their leverage and die young. Of course, their answer is that the second intends to get to market faster, but every engine has limits regardless the fuel applied. burn rate business cashflow entrepreneur investor startup

Why Mentors Are Needed To Spark Future Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world. business future entrepreneurs mentors startup

5 Simple Steps for Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization

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The passionate entrepreneurs who decide to launch and run their own businesses are the force that drives this world forward. Give your new blog posts and articles the best chance possible to pull in new visitors by making sure they’re optimized for the search engines.

8 Good CFO Attributes That Every Entrepreneur Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

The job of chief financial officer (CFO) may sound like a nightmare assignment to technical entrepreneurs, but the tasks and skills required are key to every new venture. The best entrepreneurs take the initiative on these rather than wait for a CFO to drive them.

26 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Entrepreneur entrepreneur love

10 Steps For Entrepreneurs To Drive Real Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? It comes from a focus on learning and following the processes proven by other great entrepreneurs and leaders.

Perfectionists Are Not Entrepreneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As an entrepreneur I revel in and celebrate chaos and uncertainty, because along with randomness comes bags loads of opportunities. Perfectionism is an absolute must in many professions such as pilots, engineers, doctors, scientists, researchers, food sellers, designers and others. But all of these people are not entrepreneurs. For an entrepreneur the emphasis in life is on progress not perfection. Entrepreneurs get on with and just do it.

Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Public Speaking

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, I talk to a fair number who may have a great vision and a strong engineering background, but have a negative interest in the role of public speaking in business.