Engine. Where Startups Come Together

Feld Thoughts

I’ve regularly blog about patent trolls harassing startups and impeding innovation, the experiences of immigrant founders, and the battle for a free internet. That’s where Engine Advocacy comes in. A few months ago, I joined the Advisory Board of Engine to lend my support to an organization that is doing amazing work for the startup ecosystem. Engine connected 15,000 calls from individuals to their Senators that day. Buffer The post Engine.

Engineering the Food of the Future with Robyn Metcalfe, Founder of Food+City

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Engineers are becoming the new farmers, according to Robyn Metcalfe, founder, and director of Food+City at the University of Texas at Austin. The post Engineering the Food of the Future with Robyn Metcalfe, Founder of Food+City appeared first on SiliconHills.

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Time For Founders School

Steve Blank

Kauffman just launched Founders School - a new education series to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses during the startup stage by highlighting how startups are different from big companies. 1:46: The Differences: Accounting, Engineering & Sales.

Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine

SiliconHills

Optimizely, based in San Francisco, announced Wednesday it has purchased Austin-based Experiment Engine. Experiment Engine, a graduate of the Austin Techstars program, creates tools and services that help companies test products online. Claire Vo, Experiment Engine’s CEO and Founder, will join Optimizely and continue to manage […] The post Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine appeared first on SiliconHills.

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? “After reading your post on Why Founders Should Know How to Code it looks like web/mobile startups have it easy. Trying to figure out what the right set of co-founders isn’t so clear.

Vision versus Hallucination – Founders and Pivots

Steve Blank

A founder’s skill is knowing how to recognize new patterns and to pivot on a dime. What I saw reminded me of some of the best and worst things I did as a founder. Some of the engineers figuring if the founder was declaring they were toast in 90 days were updating their resumes.

Google Founders Define the Meaning of ‘Exceptional’

Startup Professionals Musings

To check out the Google founders, and because I still see so many business plans that are modeled after Google (more search engines, and more billion dollar growth models), I had to take a look at the definitive book about them, called “ Inside Larry & Sergey’s Brain ,” by Richard L.

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

Design Staff

How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors). Jenna Bilotta / Founder, Avocado Software. As a designer at engineering-centric companies for the last 10 years or so, I spend a lot of time working with engineers. Drink a beer with your engineer.

A Great Graduation Speech For Engineers And Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

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.

Katie Rae and the Engine at MIT

David Cohen

Everyone who knows Katie Rae at Techstars is thrilled that she’s taken a lead role with The Engine at MIT, a new venture fund and incubator space there. She epitomizes “give first” and cares deeply about the founders she works with as well as developing the Boston ecosystem. Katie was the Managing Director at Techstars for our Boston program from 2010 to 2014.

Wilson: What’s The Difference Between A CTO And A VP Engineering?

Ask The VC

Today’s VC Post of the Day is from Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) titled VP Engineering Vs CTO. This is a topic near and dear to our hearts, especially since I (Brad) have been a CTO but never been a VP Engineering (nor would I ever want to be one – I’d suck at that.). It’s worth noting that people who write about the difference between CTO’s and VP Engineering’s don’t seem to be very creative in the Title category.

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The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

Nowhere is the politics more difficult than with co-founders, which is why for years I’ve spoken publicly about “ the co-founder mythology.” ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes.

Why You Should Not Build a Recommendation Engine

datacommunitydc.org

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.

Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

Why do these founders get to stay around? Because the balance of power has dramatically shifted from investors to founders. VCs competing for unicorn investments have given founders control of the board. A founder’s lack of credibility/experience in growing and managing a large company hindered a company that wanted to go public. A pre-IPO board usually had two founders, two VCs and one “independent” member. Founders in the Driver’s Seat. The founders.

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How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO

firstround.com

Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Product and Engineering. 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. Founders.

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Samba TV’s Austin Engineers Create Interactive Television

SiliconHills

Omar Zennadi, co-founder of Samba TV and director of engineering, heads up the local office with ten employees. It’s primarily engineering focused, he said. Zennadi is […] The post Samba TV’s Austin Engineers Create Interactive Television appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Samba TV, a San Francisco-based company which provides real-time television data and analytics, opened an office in Austin two years ago.

Start Your Marketplace Engines

Genuine VC

Communities like those of uTest (software QA testers), as well as NextView portfolio companies GrabCAD (mechanical engineers) and thredUP (parents), which resulted in marketplaces had origins in this approach. But the most difficult challenge is starting the marketplace engine in the first place, which can be sparked with one of the techniques above

Startups: Stop Trying To Hire Ninja-Rockstar Engineers

OnStartups

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.

How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO

Redeye VC

Ian Langworth started his career as an O’Reilly author and software engineer at Google. Today, he’s the co-founder and CTO of Artillery, bringing console-quality gaming to the web browser. Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

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How Search Engine Optimization Can Bring You More Clients

YoungUpstarts

by On Yavin , founder and CEO of Exactive Marketing LTD. Most importantly, is your site optimized for search engines and is it attracting the type and number of visitors you’d like? On Yavin is the founder and CEO of Exactive Marketing LTD.

Leadership Mistakes Plague Every Startup Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Thankfully, most mistakes won’t be as spectacular as the America Online merger with Time Warner for $350 billion, back in 2000, engineered by then superstar entrepreneurs Stephen M.

WP Engine Opens an Office at Geekdom in San Antonio

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News WP Engine, founded in 2010 at Capital Factory, has 150 employees in Austin and it’s hiring. And WP Engine has just opened a San Antonio office at Geekdom, a technology incubator and coworking […] The post WP Engine Opens an Office at Geekdom in San Antonio appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio Austin Wordpress hosting WP Engine

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

View from Seed

How do you build your engineering/dev team from the ground up? Let’s make a few assumptions: You are a founder, you have your idea, and you have your money. 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.

Getting Engineers into the Lean Startup Cycle

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan On August 20, Eric will sit down with developer and Hut8Labs co-founder Dan Milstein for a webcast you can join to discuss “Getting Engineers Into the Lean Startup Cycle.” This conversation will be a great opportunity for engineers and engineering managers to learn more about implementing Lean Startup ideas. It’s also for founders who want to think about how engineering and the rest of the business team can realign around a shared set of goals.

How to Find a Co-Founder

How to Change the World

After the fact, people may recognize one founder as the innovator, but it takes a team to make a new venture work. Derek Sivers, the co-founder of CD Baby, said it best: “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.”. Do not add founders to enhance fundability.

Marketing Attribution: Creating a Growth Engine at Salesforce, Zendesk and Slack

For Entrepreneurs

In an age where product gets most of the attention, Bill is the kind of marketer founders crave. I recently sat down with Bill Macaitis. I’ve been a big fan of Bill’s since we brought him in as CMO at Zendesk. He has since gone on to be CMO at Slack. He knows exactly what. Marketing Sales and Marketing

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. Examples might be a recommendation engine, search engine, matching engine or something with a complex interface.

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The rise of the female founder

Version One Ventures

Women are underrepresented as engineers, management, investors, and founders. venture capital deals go to women founders and CEOs. However, there are signs that the situation, at least when it comes to female founders, is improving. Three out of our six investments in 2014 are female-led companies ( Danielle Morrill at Mattermark and two unannounced deals) – which means that 25% of our portfolio companies of now 20 companies have female founders.

How to Find Startup Co-Founders Online and in the Real World

VC Cafe

So how do you go about finding co-founders and early members of your startup? VC Cafe took a look at the most promising sources for finding co-founders, both in the “real world” and online. . Who are the co-founders and what have they previously done?

A Tech Founder's Guide To Picking A Non-Tech Founder

OnStartups

Founders are typically just “good enough” at a slew of things: fundraising, product, partnerships, etc. You can’t expect them to know as much about engineering as you do. Have they worked with engineers before and comprehend the questions to ask?

The Yin and Yang of a great co-founder relationship

joel.is

I’ve always found it interesting to think about co-founder relationships. It’s fascinating to me how co-founders need to be different in many ways and at the same time have shared values they are aligned on. I think it’s super valuable to have different strengths as founders.

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

www.bothsidesofthetable.com

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. This post is designed mostly for non-technical founders.

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Why firing brilliant a s is required to build a great engineering culture

Redeye VC

Joe Stump is the co-founder of attachments.me, Sprint.ly In this First Round CTO Summit Talk, Joe shares how to build a great engineering culture. He explains how to recruit rockstars (no, really), why managing engineers is like herding cats, whom to fire, why to avoid technical zealots and why peer code reviews matter. and SimpleGeo – and ex-Lead Architect at Digg.

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“The Core Value of a Good Leader is Humility:” Sam Schillace, Box Engineering SVP

Hunter Walker

Now as SVP of Engineering at Box, he’s had the chance to scale their engineering team and help take the cloud collaboration company public. Earlier this month, I was at an event where Sam mentioned he writes a letter to his Box engineering team every Sunday.

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Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder

Vinicius Vacanti

Steve Job's Technical Co-Founder. I just need to find a technical co-founder.&# I write this post to put you out of your miserable technical co-founder search and give you some realistic options. The Challenge of Finding a Technical Co-Founder. To find a great technical co-founder, you need to convince them of the following: Your idea is better than all of their ideas. You see, good technical co-founders are like the attractive people at the dance.

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

Duct Tape Marketing

Our research shows that following this process over one year produces high quality free website traffic equal to that from a $100,000 paid search engine advertising campaign. Aaron is currently co-founder and CEO of BoostSuite.com.

Sustainable engineering – avoid big re-writes

The Equity Kicker

Last week friend of Forward Partners Douglas Squirrel published a post about Sustainable engineering on The Path Forward in which he advises founders on how to scale their engineering effort.

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Podcasting: The Referral Engine Multiplier

Duct Tape Marketing

Podcasting: The Referral Engine Multiplier written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Ben Krueger – Enjoy!

[INTERVIEW] Zakaria Hersi, Founder Of Orten.io

YoungUpstarts

On the other hand, he’s a zealous engineer of social change. Zakaria Hersi is one of those fortunate people who has been able to stitch his vocation and avocation together seamlessly in his quest to achieve success – on his terms.