Learn What They Are, And How To Know Which Is Right For Your Startup’s Next Project

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Your startup team has its idea ready to go, you have settled on the right tech partner; it’s time to talk contracts. How do you know before you have even begun development what pricing model is best for your project? You know that you do not want any surprises or overruns or need to renegotiate a contract later as your runway is tight. This is why understanding your options upfront is so critical.

Pricing Model Options

There are two primary types of development contracts: fixed price and time and material agreements. We will discuss the differences between the pricing models, the advantages and disadvantages of each, the best applications, and questions to ask yourself and your development partner at the outset of your project. …


Find out more about what employees really want, and how to build — and keep — a cohesive company culture across a distributed team.

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When you say the word “startup,” you often think of a small team, working in a small space, grinding late into the night, surviving on caffeine and takeout.

As a founder, how do you maintain collaborative processes, ensure productivity, and preserve your organizational culture when a geographically dispersed team is established by choice or when moved to by current conditions?

While work-from-home (WFH), remote-first, and fully distributed teams were not a new concept in the tech sector, researcher and author Stephen Phillips outlined in a Sage Journal publication how the 2020 pandemic accelerated acceptance of remote work across sectors and how that trend is expected to continue in the future. …


Learn how to address your customers’ pain points through deep dives into personas, scenarios, and user stories.

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Design thinking, at its core, is a human-centric process that focuses on what’s most important for users, finds ways to evolve existing products, and generates new ideas. So, it makes sense that utilizing its processes will help you better understand and satisfy your customers’ needs by providing them with remarkable user experiences.

It’s Persona(l)

Personas And Why They Are Important To Understanding Your Customer

While you cannot know how each individual will use your tech, design thinking’s human-centered design process has a solution. This involves collecting research data and personifying certain trends and patterns as personas. Personas are fictional characters, which you create based upon your research to represent the different user types that might use your service, product, site, or brand similarly. …


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You have that million-dollar idea, or at least you think you do. You want to get to market with your app as soon as possible as Time to Market (TTM) is critical to being competitive in today’s fast-paced technological world. You have raised some money from friends and family and are in conversations with a couple of funders, but how will you know how much money you will need to make your idea a reality?

How much does app development really cost? What will the breakdown of your project look like? What must first be recognized is that there is not a fixed price for building an application. Apps can be created for as little as $2,000 or as much as $250,000. According to the Clutch Survey, 2017, the average minimum app development project is between $5,000 to $10,000, and additional research from GoodFirms shows that the average price of a simple app is between $40,000 to $60,000 while a medium complexity app cost is between $61,000 and $69,000. A complex app may cost from $70,000 to $100,000. You might say, well, that tells me very little. That is like saying that I can buy a pair of shoes for $10 or $5,000. Well, it is just like there are all kinds of differences between those two pairs of shoes, and it’s likely that the $10 pair won’t get you very far and that you probably don’t need the $5,000 pair. …


Learn the history, the process, and the pros and cons of agile development before your tech startup launches its next software project.

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Agility, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is the ability to move quickly and easily. In the work world, agile has become a buzzword for a set of characteristics exhibited by individuals and organizations that allow them to meet changing advancements or technologies and meet evolving business needs.

McKinsey shares that agile organizations mobilize quickly, are nimble, and are empowered to act. In short, they respond like a living organism. They outline the five trademarks of agile organizations as:

1. The North Star is embodied across the organization — Recognizing the abundance of opportunities and resources available to us; we succeed by co-creating value for our stakeholders. …


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In today’s rapidly changing digital world, do you feel like you need a combination of a crystal ball, tea leaves, and tarot cards to know what will be the next “big thing” in technology and what you should invest in? How do you know that the platform you build on or the tools you utilize today won’t be outdated or no longer supported tomorrow? As technology becomes further integrated into all aspects of our lives, and we embark upon the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technological change is happening at an even greater rate. …


Absolutely Everything… If You Want To Ensure Project Success

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It is a common scenario; you stand at the precipice of a new software project launch. You or a customer has a great idea that will solve a common problem, bring unique value to users, and address a pain-point that needs help solving. What is also very common is as the project progresses, the original plans change considerably.

During the project, you will likely gain development insights, new market information, priorities may change, and you will adapt features and timelines. Your team could potentially be thrown off-course when presented with these hurdles if you do not have a clear vision of what you are delivering and where the project’s boundaries are. …


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Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial roots date back to the 19th century when railroad magnate Leland Stanford settled in Santa Clara Valley. A sad family tragedy inspired Leland to create his namesake University in 1891, which was innovative for its time as it admitted both men AND women. The first internet, the telegraph, sent messages over long distances via a simple wire. The leading telegraph company of the day, Federal Telegraph Company, opened a research facility on Emerson Street in Palo Alto. San Francisco hosted the World’s Fair in 1915, and Lee DeForest demonstrated the vacuum tube amplifier by making the very first intercontinental phone call. While onlookers were amazed at how clearly they could hear the voice, they did not realize that this ground-breaking invention would change the world. The vacuum tube worked by controlling the flow of electrons, and so launched the field of study that became known as “electron-ics.” …


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You have lived the startup life for so long. Regular meals and sleep have been foreign concepts. Your team has spent long nights building, testing, restructuring, fundraising, networking, and doing whatever it took to get to an MVP, and finally, all the hard work has paid off. You did it. You secured your first round of funding.

Once the celebration has ended, and the champagne glasses have been washed, you need to ask yourself now what?

It may seem like it is time to take a breather because you have been working so hard for so long, but here is where the real discipline needs to kick in. Without a plan and additional resources, it is easy to quickly become sidetracked from your vision and the next steps for your organization. …


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Building your own company is exciting, but it can also be hard, and it requires investment, a lot of it. Finding funding has and always will be a challenge for any startup, but having adequate financial resources is critical to your company’s ongoing success. According to an Inc.com article, “only 4 out of 100 businesses survive past the 10-year mark. Why do most businesses fail? Because they can’t pay their bills.” So, obviously, having adequate funding will be crucial to your success. …

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