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The benefits and risks of consulting for equity

November 6, 2013   -   0 comments   -  

Cross posted from: Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a comprehensive post just some things to consider. Always consult a lawyer and accountant before making decisions related to equity. Don’t take our advice, we’re developers not lawyers. A friend of a friend comes up to you and wants your help. “We’ve got this

Why You Should Timebox your Software Projects

July 17, 2013   -   0 comments   -  

You’ve got a great idea for a new startup.  After doing some homework and getting customer validation you’ve decided it’s time to start building product.  You reach out to friends and development shops: Here’s my great idea and a list of features/specs. How much is this going to cost to build? You get some quotes

Ready to build your product? Do this first.

March 26, 2013   -   0 comments   -  

We often meet with folks who are at the earliest stages of their entrepreneurial ventures and are unsure how to go from idea to product.  After an initial meeting we send them the following recommendations on how to give us (or any other team members) enough context to get started. 1. Provide Background Info What’s

Good Software Project / Bad Software Project

January 18, 2013   -   0 comments   -  

Inspired by: Good software projects have clear business goals and objectives. Everyone on the team has an understanding of what metrics will be used to define success. i.e. Implementing these changes to the sign up flow will increase paid conversion rates. Bad software projects are driven by the loudest voice in the room and based

Need Help Fast? When and how to hire a dev shop

July 23, 2012   -   0 comments   -  

Cross posted from the StartupGiraffe blog Debates rage on whether companies who outsource all or parts of their development can be successful or not. In a perfect world you would have a brilliant in-house team that crushes features faster then you can think them up and has previous experience building similar systems. In reality this

Happy Birthday StartupGiraffe!!

May 16, 2012   -   0 comments   -  

Cross posted from the StartupGiraffe blog. A year ago Startup Giraffe was born.  Looking back it’s amazing how far we’ve come.  Like most business, our first few months was about getting our head above water, earning enough to pay rent, tweaking our business model and learning the legal, accounting and general ins and outs of

Fake it till you make it

March 8, 2012   -   0 comments   -  

Cross posted from the startupgiraffe blog How do you validate your startup idea and start gaining early traction, without spending a ton of time and money building software? Delay complexity as long as possible by doing things manually. “Fake it till you make it.” Below are some examples of how successful companies smoke / ghetto

Steal This Product Idea #5 – Personalized Retail Shopping

January 27, 2012   -   0 comments   -  

For all the advances in consumer technologies, walking into a retail store and making a purchase still feels like a “outdated” experience.  There’s a ton of relevant public information that I’d gladly provide to retailers in exchange for a more personalized shopping experience.  But despite the proliferation of social data, most retailers don’t know anything about

Relationships are More Important then Deadlines

December 28, 2011   -   0 comments   -  

Two years ago we were late on delivering a project, and one of the developers came up to me and told me his launch-critical piece of functionality was delayed… again. Blame it on fatigue (I’d been up for about 30 hours) and inexperience but I made a critical mistake. I got angry. I yelled for

I’ve got a great idea for a startup, now what?

November 9, 2011   -   1 comment   -  

On Oct 20th, I was invited to give a talk at NYU Stern as part of the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Below is a video of the talk, key takeaways and my slides. Enjoy. Video Key Takeaways Investment and tech talent is earned not given.  What can you do to further your idea on your own?

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