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Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?

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The problem is you don't yet have product/market fit, and until you do, you don't really know what to build. Far from it. They are very early.

Working with Developers

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There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. Go watch a few episodes.

Product Development

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 -- Software Product Development - How to Triple Your Likelihood of Success. Product development has always been challenging. Software products, while being easier to mold and perfect, offer additional set of management and technical challenges. See [link] (more

Digital Map Products Gets $36.3M

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products (DMP), a developer of cloud-based mapping products used by businesses and government for mapping and land use applications, has raised $36.3M in a strategic growth funding. Digital Map Products was founded by Jim Skurzynski and Geoff Wade, who will continue to lead the company.

Document Your MVP for a Developer

SoCal CTO

I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. Founder : Ummm. what do you mean? Founder : Umm.

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

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While I do fill that role at the moment, I'm a little hesitant to refer to myself as a CTO as we still haven't launched a product, acquired a single user, or turned or a penny in profit. I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. How are we going to manage the product roadmap?

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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As with any sales campaign you need to: Qualify your buyers early so you focus your scarce resources on people likely to buy your product.

ZEFR Launches New Product

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ZEFR said the new product provides a "visualization" of YouTube, to allow brands to better target their digital advertising campaign.

Spreeify Launches New Mobile Ad Product

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Los Angeles-based Spreeify , the developer of display ad technology which is led by Ruben Dua, has rolled out a new product aimed at the mobile market.

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Shopatron Launches Product Locator Tool

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San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , which develops software which helps manufacturers direct online orders to local retailers, said it has launched a new product aimed at product search. The company says its new tool instead directly points consumers at available inventory of product. READ MORE>>.

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Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?

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recurring entrepreneurial challenge is to determine the optimal price of a new product, especially absent a directly competitive alternative.

How to Avoid a Common Product Mistake Many Teams Make

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I’ve been involved with technology product design in one form or another for nearly 25 years and seen one mistake consistently repeated.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Many of these founders have talked with several developers or development firms about their plans. It needs to be a conversation. Comps?

AnyMeeting Debuts New Web Conferencing Product

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AnyMeeting , the developer of web and video conferencing software aimed at the small business market, said today that it has launched a new, web conferencing product called AnyMeeting Company Pro. AnyMeeting also said in announcing the new product that it has just passed over 500,000 registered meeting hosts on the service.

Products I Love to Use

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So I thought now would be a sensible time – with six months on either side of the holidays. I’m not trying to say my picks are great and other products aren’t and I’ll certainly forget some. It’s such a great product and such a shame they decided to make private lists public. love it. Haters gonna hate.

Boosting the US Economy | Invest in Research & Development for Tax Credit

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To ensure sustainability of the business, an entrepreneur must have access to capital, one of the essential  factors of production.

A Day in the Life of a Product Manager

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Jay Stakelon , VP Product Design,  Fullscreen. Jen Robinson ,  Head of Product Manager,  Bigframe. Making ideas reality : dependency.

Founder Challenges with Startup Development Teams and CTOs

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I''m spending more of my time recently working with non-technical startup founders who are having challenges with their software/web/mobile development teams. Common Signals I''ve written previously about Symptoms of a Weak Development Team. Delivery of code/product that clearly has not been tested. Developers will leave.

ReachLocal Appoints Chief Product Officer

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal has set a new, Chief Product Officer, the firm announced this morning. Nero also had served at Microsoft, heading up product development for MSN.com and MSN Network, in addition to serving at Omniture and Novell. advertising executive officer product chief reachlocalREAD MORE>>.

AVST Buys Application Developer

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AVST explained that the assets acquired in the buy provide a Microsoft.NET development framework for its CallXpress 8 product.

Spireon Launches New GPS Vehicle Tracking Product For Subprime Market

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Irvine-based Spireon , a developer of telematics products for vehicle and fleet tracking, said late last week that it has launched a new GPS vehicle tracking system, specificdally aimed at the subprime auto financing market. READ MORE>>. spireon buyherepayhere vehicle credit reposession auto finance financing telematics tracking

Punchcard Launches Business Analytics Product

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Pasadena-based Punchcard , the Idealab startup developing mobile apps to encourage customer loyalty at retail businesses, announced today that it has launched a new product, Punchcard for Business. Pricing on the new product was not disclosed. The firm's apps run on both Android and iPhone. READ MORE>>.

Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

SoCal CTO

I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. Some founders are taken aback. Partners?

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Many of these founders have talked with several developers or development firms about their plans. It needs to be a conversation. Comps?

Cynvenio Spins Out BioMolded Products

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Westlake Village-based Cynvenio Biosystems , the developer of molecular diagnostics systems for cancer, has spun out a new subsidiary, BioMolded Products , focused on blow molded plastic parts for the biopharmaceutical and life science industries this week. plastic manufacturing medical lifescience cynvenio products biomolded

How to Find and Hire a Developer

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At Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood 2012 Kevin Winston organized a panel called “How to Find and Hire a Developer”. Ask for is code samples.

STEC Opens Development Center In India

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Santa Ana-based STEC , the developer of solid state disk drives and technology, said this week that it has opened up a new storage innovation center in Pune, India. According to STEC, the new design center will provide software development resources for its products. READ MORE>>.

Kofax Launches New Product

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Irvine-based Kofax , the developer of business process management and document capture software, reported this morning that it has launched a new product. The company said the new product connects into its existing platform. Pricing on the new product was not announced. READ MORE>>. kofax document capture software

Hackathon Targets Orange County Web Developers

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In one of the newest "hackathons" to hit Southern California, a group of companies are looking to draw Orange County software developers to a new hackathon, geared around WebRTC, the open "Web Real Time Communications" framework aimed at helping developers create voice and video chat applications. READ MORE>>.

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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They use products because the products solve a need they have. Launch a product, iterate, fail fast. Blah, blah, blah. Bollocks.

Anametrix Names Product Management VP

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San Diego-based real-time marketing analytics software developer Anametrix said Wednesday that it has named Barry Parshall as its new SVP of Product Management. Parshall was most recently at iJento, where he also served at SVP of Product Management. Parshall will head up product strategy for the company. READ MORE>>.

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs

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A recent Wall Street Journal article that raised the possibility of Biogen as the target of another huge pharma buyout cited the lack of productivity as a major driver of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry.  The authors made the point that, given the size of companies today, a single garden-variety blockbuster hardly moves the needle.

Citrix Moves Closer To Split Of GoTo Product Line

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Citrix Systems is moving closer to a spinout of its GoTo product line this week, saying that it has named Kevin Parker, co-founder and senior operating principal at Bridge Growth Partners as Chairman of a soon-to-be-formed company specifically encompassing the Citrix "GoTo" product line. READ MORE>>.

Ashton Kutcher: Actor, Investor, Product Engineer?

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ashton kutcher celebrity samsung yoga tablet product engineer youtube space Financial details of the partnership were not announced.

Dealstruck Launches New Line Of Credit Product For Small Businesses

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San Diego-based startup Dealstruck , the startup developing an online marketplace to help small businesses find loan funding, has rolled out a new product, saying today that it has launched a new, asset-based line of credit product. Dealstruck is led by Ethan Senturia. READ MORE>>.

OpenX Sells Off OpenX Source To Developer

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Los Angeles-based online ad serving technology provider OpenX said late Friday that it has sold of all of its interest in its legacy, open source ad serving product, OpenX Source, back to one of the software''s original developers. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. READ MORE>>. openx source serving software

CapLinked Launches New Product

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Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of secure document sharing software led by Eric Jackson, said this morning that it has released a new set of Information Security (InfoSec) tools, aimed at helping companies to protect information they are sharing with external parties. Pricing on the new offering was not announced. READ MORE>>.

YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund

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Despite the snarky rumors that Google’s content development program was poorly managed at its outset (e.g., He is not alone. Top YouTubers.

Cyber-Rain Launching New Product

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Cyber-Rain has also released a free, iPhone app which allows customers to control their systems via their smartphone. READ MORE>>.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

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Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? Did they really need a Startup CTO or Developer or both? Did they have a Weak Development Team ? He had a partially built product. He needed some kind of CTO and as well Developers. We had several emails back and forth where he provided basic details on the concept.