Poor Software Developers - Pull the Plug Early


There's an old adage in software development that I refer to all the time: The first 90% of development takes 90% of the time. I used this when I taught software engineering. And I use it all the time now when I get the kind of message that I received: I'm looking for a web developer to continue work on my website. I used a company in India to develop the site, and it's mostly done. The funds have been used up on the existing development.

Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything


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. If I’m being asked to do startup software development, I’m going to push fairly hard on key questions that the startup needs to have answered before they develop anything.

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Accruent Buys Two Companies


Real estate and facilities management software developer Accruent , which has operations in Santa Monica, said today that it has acquired two software companies, Four Rivers Software Systems , and SiteFM , both developers of healthcare facilities management software. Accruent--which is led by Mark Friedman--said the buy will help the company enter the healthcare industry.

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture


On a micro level, you can do your part to fix tech's gender problem by recruiting people with diverse backgrounds and place them in a company culture that rewards those who challenge the status quo. Software Secretaries. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Insights: 10 Common Interviewing Mistakes Often Made By Developers


Think being a developer is all you need to do to get a job at a company? For our Insights and Opinions section today, Helen MacKinnon of Technical Connections gives a list of the top ten interviewing mistakes made by developers.

Lieberman Software Teams With Canadian Company


Los Angeles-based security software developer Lieberman Software said this morning that it has teamed with Canadian company Aikya Security Solutions, to expand its resach in Canada. lieberman software canada expansion cybersecurity securityThe two said that Aikya will offer up Lieberman's Enterprise Random Password Manager (ERPM) product to its customers. Aikya serves the utility and financial industries. READ MORE>>.

Nimble Partners With Call Center Software Developer


Santa Monica-based Nimble , which develops contact management software-as-a-service, has linked up its tools with call center software developer Talkdesk. Nimble said the link is aimed at helping companies create virtual, social call centers for their sales teams. The integration includes automatic synchronization of contact data across the two software products, including emails, calls,chats, tickets, notes, and more.

Edmunds.com Offers Up Affiliate Payments For Software Developers


Santa Monica-based auto information site Edmunds.com is extending its outreach to third party software developers, and is offering up affiliate payments of five dollars per new car lead generated by its API partners, the company said this week. According to Edmunds.com, web and mobile developers who use Edmunds.com''s API will receive the payments for every new car lead generated via its APIs, which it says is one of the highest commission rates in the automotive category.

Kofax Buys Business Intelligence Software Developer Altosoft


Irvine-based document capture software firm Kofax announced this morning that it has acquired business intelligence and analytics software developer Altosoft. Altosoft becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. Altosoft is a developer real time reporting and dash board applications, and had 43 employees and contractors working for the firm. kofax altosoft merger acquisition business intelligence software document

Software Development | How To Collaborate As A Team

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As a creative director at a software development company, I am always looking for ways to speed up our design and development process and to include as many people and teams working on the project.

Yardi Acquires German Software Company


Santa Barbara-based real estate management software developer Yardi Systems has acquired a German company, iMS Immobilien Management Systeme GmbH , a developer of commercial property management software, the companies said very late last night. Yardi said that iMS will become its new head office for Germany.YArdi's software is used for investment and property management by real estate investors and managers.

Managing Student Software Developer Teams

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 -- Building and Managing Student Software Developer Teams. Dr. Clint Staley will discuss how to recruit and manage teams of student software developers from local universities such as Cal Poly, and how to use this resource to produce low-cost, high-quality software. Softec.

Hack This: How Edmunds.com's Hackathons Are Inspiring Outside Innovation


How do you bring an outside perspective and a startup''s nimble perspective to your products, if you''re a big, established company? Are developers willing to invest their time and energy in building solutions around your products, company, or organization?

Tipalti Ties Payments Service To Affiliate Tracking Software Developer


Tipalti , which develops an automated, mass payment platform for affiliate and other marketers, has integrated its service with CAKE , a provider of online campaign and affiliate tracking, the firms have announced. Tipalti develops software-as-a-service to streamline mass payments for affiliate networks, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites, and others, helping companies pay vendors using a variety of payment methods (direct deposit, ACH, PayPal, checks, prepaid card, etc.)

Hackathon Targets Orange County Web Developers


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. hackathon anymeeting webrtc realtime software developer contest saas tokbox influxis

At “The Vine,” Developer Builds a Vertical Campus for Tech Startups


In downtown San Diego, a private real estate company best known for its master-planned communities in suburban Southern California has posed some existential questions for regional tech hubs looking to build their own startup ecosystems. The company moved in about four weeks ago.

Webalo Scores $3M For Mobile Enterprise Apps


Los Angeles-based Webalo , a company which provides mobile application development tools, said this afternoon that it has raised $3M in a new funding round. Webalo says its software eliminates much of the coding, wating, and cost of traditional, mobile application development.

Verve Wireless Raises $7.0M


Encinitas-based Verve Wireless , the developer of mobile publishing software used by newspapers and other local publishers to serve up mobile news and ads, has raised $7.0M The company's CEO is Tom MacIsaac, and its President is Tom Kenney; Art Howe, the former publisher of the Village Voice, is Chairman and co-founder of the company. verve wireless venture capital mobile software development

Startup Development


I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

Selecting a Web Development Company


I''ve written before about finding Web Development Firms in Los Angeles. What I didn''t discuss was how you should go about selecting the right company. You will find firms that are design/interface heavy and light on development. Others that are heavier on development.

Yardi Selected By Canadian Company


Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi says it has signed on a new customer in Canada, Canadian senior living provider peopleCare. yardi canada senior living property management software accountingFinancial details of the win were not announced. Yardi said peopleCare has adopted its Yardi Senior CRM and Yardi Voyager Senior Housing products, both part of its suite of products for the senior living industry.

Accruent Founder Friedman Steps Away From CEO Role, Shifts To Chairman


Real estate management software developer Accruent , which was founded 20 years ago in Los Angeles by Mark Friedman, said today a that Friedman--its CEO for nearly 20 years--is shifting to become Chairman of the board. John Borgerding becomes CEO of the company. Friedman is stepping away from the CEO role four months after the company was acquired by Genstar Capital.

Report: Snap Buys Ad Tech Firm Flite


Venice-based Snap , the parent firm of Snapchat, has acquired San Francisco-based ad technology developer Flite , according to reports this morning. According to recode, the acquisition is an "acquihire", and Snap is using the buy to help bring in new ad technology talent, rather than any software developed by Flite. The deal has not yet been announced by either company.

Mavenlink Raises $39M From Goldman Sachs


Irvine-based software developer Mavenlink announced this morning that it has raised $39M in a funding round from Goldman Sachs, as part of a Series D funding round. Mavenlink develops software used for work planning, managing projects, and financials, and working with and managing teams. The company, led by CEO Ray Grainger, says it has now raised a total of $84M in funding. The company was advised by Pacific Crest Securities in the deal.

Jun Group Expands In Orange County, Los Angeles


New York-based mobile ad platform developer Jun Group is expanding in both Orange County and Los Angeles, saying it is looking to tap into a hotbed of engineering talent in Orange County. The company, which focuses on native, brand-safe video ad placements, serves such clients as Chevrolet, McDonald's, Purina, Microsoft, and others. The company also said it has bolstered its Los Angeles office with a new Account Executive, Michelle Dermer.

Mavenlink Expands To Europe


Irvine-based cloud software developer Mavenlink announced today that it has made its first expansion into Europe, and opened up a new office in London to service the region. Mavenlink's software is used by consulting firms, IT services organizations, creative agencies, and professional services organizations, and others to manage their projects, people, and other efforts. mavenlink cloud software consulting expansion international london project

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Presenting Companies at UCLA

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After months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Companies: Spotlight Companies. 8:00 – 8:25pm – 5 five-minute demos, followed by brief Q&A for each company. They are a unique group of intellectuals with aspirations to truly change how companies do business.

Smith Micro Adds Design and Development Service


Aliso Viejo-based software developer Smith Micro Sofware said that it has launched a new, design and development service, which will help its customers develop their own mobile apps. According to Smith Micro, the service is aimed at B2 enterprises and startups, and help them develop iOS, Android, and Windows apps. The company said the team already has designed and launched more than thirty mobile apps for its customers.

Alteryx Rolls Out On Microsoft Azure


Irvine-based data analytics software developer Alteryx is rolling out its Alteryx Server software on Microsoft Azure, the company announced this morning. Alteryx said the software is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Alteryx develops software used by business analysts for data analytics. The company just had a successful IPO in March. alteryx microsoft azure data analytics software cloud saas

Razer Raises $75M From Chinese Company


Irvine-based videogame accessory and products maker Razer has raised $75M from Chinese company Hangzhou Liason Interactive , according to Hangzhou Liason. Hangzhou Liason Interactive is a provider of application software development, systems integration, and technical services. billion, adding the company to Southern California's growing list of unicorns.

Creator…Know Thine Users! | Making Apps the Markets Want

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If you’re new to software development, you may be asking yourself, “What the heck is a User Story, anyway?” Ultimately, your goal is to keep things simple — for yourself, for your testers, for your art team and eventually, your developer.

Cornerstone OnDemand Invests In Four Companies


Santa Monica-based ,a href="[link] OnDemand , the developer of cloud-based, talent management software, said this morning that it has made investments in four companies, from the Cornerstone Innovation Fund. The company said that fund will invest in early to growth stage companies in the areas of talent management, and who have a potential to extend its ecosystem. Size of the investments in each company were not announced.

Connectifier Acquired By LinkedIn


Costa Mesa-based Connectifier , the artificial intelligence software developer led by John Jersin, has been acquired by LinkedIn , the companies said Thursday afternoon. Connectifier was developing automated software to help companies with their recruiting, and had raised around $12.0M connectifier linkedin merger acquisition artificial intelligence software recruiting jobs