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. While I’m fortunate to have this blog, and other writing opportunities as a platform to give voice to these stories, I also realize that to really have a meaningful impact, we need the startup community to be involved in government. That’s where Engine Advocacy comes in. Buffer The post Engine.

Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The PWC Money Tree report says that 4,356 startup investments were made in 2014. The other day I found myself on a VC website. I went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography. This is not a simple thing to do, but it can be done. It helps that I’ve been working in the VC sector a long time and understand a fair bit about VC firms and how they invest.

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Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups

VC Cafe

human engineering VC Cafe Photo credit: By imaginedhorizons (Flickr). ” Question: What is Human Engineering? Adopting the models of Emotional Intelligence to startups. Startups that can take this tools from a personal level to a company/product level are likely to excel.

A growth engine without a profit engine is incomplete thinking

The Equity Kicker

In addition to a growth engine, companies need to understand their profit engine. Startup general interest Uncategorized I just saw this diagram on Growthhackers in an article explaining Uber’s success. And they have had a lot of success.

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.

Lean Startup Tools: Building A Growth Engine

Early Growth Financial Services

Sounds nice, but what exactly is a startup growth engine? Chris started with Deloitte & Touche’s description of a startup growth engine as a systematic process that requires organizational infrastructure to consistently find, evaluate, and execute on business opportunities.

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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. How can engineers establish benchmarks or make predictions?

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. StartupsKatie was the Managing Director at Techstars for our Boston program from 2010 to 2014. She epitomizes “give first” and cares deeply about the founders she works with as well as developing the Boston ecosystem.

Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

Silicon Valley was born in an era of applied experimentation driven by scientists and engineers. This approach would shape Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial ethos: In startups, failure was treated as experience (until you ran out of money).

Why Yammer believes the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead

Redeye VC

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.

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.

Flying Software Engineers To Boulder For Startup Week

Feld Thoughts

Boulder is full of software engineers, but we need more. So, several local companies pitched in some bucks and the organizers of Boulder Startup Week are buying plane tickets for five people to come out between May 18th and May 22nd. If you don’t know about Boulder Startup Week, take a look at the killer agenda. If you are a software engineer, send ryanwanger at gmail a note containing the following: 1. Jobs Boulder engineers startup week

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.

Highlights from Our Webcast on Lean Startup for Engineers

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. 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.

Make Engineering Interns Truly Effective with This Startup's Program

Redeye VC

That’s why CTO Fred Sadaghiani has focused tremendous effort on building a program that “activates” engineering interns to become full contributing members of the staff. At just three years old, Sift Science has accomplished a surprising amount. Its product, which combats fraud using machine learning, is an important tool for companies like Kickstarter, Airbnb, Uber and Opentable.

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Start Your Marketplace Engines

Genuine VC

And along the way we’ve met with or observed a larger number of seed-stage startups attempting to start them. What are the best practices for going from zero to sixty with a marketplace startup? 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.

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 3: Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster.

Reverse Engineering a Career

This is going to be BIG.

I run into a lot of people trying to switch careers and join a startup. It was an exercise in reverse engineering. Some product managers might be more technical, working on feature requirements and interfacing with the engineering team, while others might be more like brand managers who are the GM of their brands. Just start looking for blog posts on "10 SEO tips for startups" or "How to write a marketing survey".

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. The plucky startup also has another 10 employees in a satellite office in California. 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 Engin

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

Both Sides of the Table

I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. A few people have asked me to try and define the perfect startup organization chart. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Every great tech startup needs one.

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Why Some Startups Win

Steve Blank

I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. When organizations are small (startups, small teams in companies and government agencies) early employees share a mission (why they come to work, what they need to do while they are at work, and how they will know they have succeeded). If these sound like reasonable answers to you, and you are in a startup, update your resume.

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?

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.

Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

View from Seed

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. hurts your team’s ability to juke left and right as you sprint down the startup road.

5 Fun Office Hacks To Re-Engineer Team Productivity

YFS Magazine

Startups are re-engineering productivity. Here are 5 methods to promote business growth through a positive, relaxed work culture. Company Culture Grow company culture productivity productivity tips

Hyper-Growth Done Right - Lessons From the Man Who Scaled Engineering at Dropbox and Facebook

Redeye VC

When he started as an engineer at Facebook, the company had fewer than 15 people. Within 6 years, he had risen to Director of Product Engineering, leading 2,000 employees to reach 700 million users. In 2012, when Dropbox acquired his startup Cove, the cloud storage incumbent staffed 30 engineers building for 50 million users. How do you build an engineering team to constantly rotate and expand? Radical expansion must be in Aditya Agarwal’s genes.

Should Your Engineering Startup Join A Chamber Of Commerce?

YoungUpstarts

When it comes to engineering, much of what you will be doing is design, especially if your niche within the industry is civil engineering. This is a civil engineer’s dream. Others chamber of commerce engineering startup advice

Startup Investor Makes a Deal: Engineers for Equity

mashable.com

But a new angel fund is hoping that they’ll do the same in exchange for engineering talent. That company, which now has a client list of more than 200 companies and additional offices in the Philippines and New York, takes on the startup projects that Kayweb Angels selects.

Startup CTO

SoCal CTO

I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Here are some resources that come from other sources: Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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The yin and yang of the engineering team and the sales team

Eric Friedman

This is sometimes the result of one team pushing the other to its limits, often the sales team pushing the limits of the engineering system already in place. Its a dance that happens within startups everday. Engineering Sales Startups

The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire portfolio of ~30 companies, I think at least 50% and maybe as much as 60% of the entire headcount of our portfolio is in either product or engineering. The engineering person builds the product or manages the team that builds the product, or both. Other issues start cropping up and the engineering team has to focus on them.

The Most Sought-After Silicon Valley Startups for Engineers

ReadWriteStart

On LinkedIn's blog today is a post about the top 10 most sought-after engineering startups in Silicon Valley. To compile the list, the company looked at nearly a quarter million engineer profiles on its service and tracked where they were searching for jobs.

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? I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. A few people asked me to try and define the perfect startup organization chart. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team.

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This Ex-Google Glass Engineer is Trying to Perfect What Airbnb and Uber Have Perfected

Inc Startups

SF-based startup Gate is building a camera-equipped smartlock for the future when trusted access to front doors is the new norm. Innovate

Search Engine Optimization Using The Long Tail, The Ultradian Rhythm For Productivity And The One Thing Startups Should Focus On

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

You will hear … Read the rest of this entry » The post Search Engine Optimization Using The Long Tail, The Ultradian Rhythm For Productivity And The One Thing Startups Should Focus On appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com. Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes.

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10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

Gust

This reality has fostered a popular startup approach which dramatically improves the efficiency and speed of these corrections, pioneered by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author Eric Ries. Engine of growth pivot. Invested Interests entrepreneur lean startup pivot startup

Accelerate Your Startup: Tuning the Engine

For Entrepreneurs

As a VC and five-time entrepreneur, I frequently see two common mistakes being made by startups: Companies spend too much attempting to grow the business when it’s not ready for such growth; or Companies don’t spend enough money when the business. Idea Conception Startup HelpThis article was originally published as part of a series of posts on GigaOm.

This Ex-Facebook Engineer Just Sold His Startup for $582 Million

Inc Startups

Salesforce will pay $582 million for Quip, a cloud-based word processor startup that aims to disrupt Microsoft Office

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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. Interestingly given he’s an experienced startup CTO himself, Squirrel says to be wary of the advice of developers who “always want to re-write everything” If you are in this situation, or think that you might be I highly recommend you read the full post.

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