Top 5 Apps For those Facing disabilities

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For many disabilities, empathic developers have provided new utilities that improve certain functions for the iPhone or Android. Updated constantly through user information, this application is always developing to better acclimate itself to user needs.

The Customer May Not Always Be Right, But You Had Better Listen Just The Same

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These two ads showed how disconnected from their customers these once industry leaders have become. Sadly this is just a single example of what is happening to thousand of companies that are not listening to their respective customers. Today we are in the era of “Customer Experience”.

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Customer Validation - 33 Great Articles

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I’m going to take that thought out into the field and validate it with my customers." I’ve spoken to dozens of customers, I have a validated customer persona, built an MVP to test key behavioral hypotheses, and the data doesn’t back what you’re saying."

Document Your MVP for a Developer

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He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product. what format would you and the developer want that in? This should be an iterative process with advisors and customers providing feedback on the product.

Lean Startup Machine

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Friday, June 8, 2012 -- Lean Startup Machine is a three-day workshop where attendees use Customer Development and Lean Startup principles to validate an idea for a new product or service. See [link] (more

How Investors Think About Valuation of Pre-Revenue Startups

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There's a lot out there around Customer Development - read Steve Blank : Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack - Steve Blank , October 25, 2010 Checklists for Chaos, The Path to Success - Steve Blank , October 28, 2010 and reading about Lean, MVPs, etc. A lot of my time is spent helping early-stage companies get to proof points so that they can raise capital.

Get Answers With KISSinsights

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If you’ve ever wondered what your customers think while on your website, you’ll love KISSinsights. Business Culture Retail & Consumers Startup customer development Feedback KISSinsights KISSmetrics survey web surveyIf you’ve ever wanted to ask questions to your users, you’ll love KISSinsights. If you’ve ever read a post by Steve Blank or Eris Ries, you’ll love KISSinsights.

Steve Blank Discusses The Origin And Future Of The Lean Startup Movement

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The Lean Startup approach dictates that successful customer development is an iterative process. By conceptualizing, selling, gathering feedback and then developing a product, startups achieve success more quickly and economically.

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

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4:30 How did you come up with the idea of customer development? 37:45 Let’s talk about the dichotomy between customer development and Y Combinator? I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities.

Four Innovative SaaS To Get Excited About

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Fenero is a provider of cloud-based contact center solutions for sales and customer service operations worldwide. SaaS – or Software as a Service – platforms are all the rage.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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500 Hats , January 10, 2010 Developing new startup ideas - Chris Dixon , March 14, 2010 Batch Processing Millions and Millions of Images - Code as Craft , July 9, 2010 jQuery Plugin: Give Your Characters a NobleCount - The Product Guy , March 23, 2010 How do the sample Series Seed financing documents differ from typical Series A financing documents? Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

Why Your Startup Needs a Sales Methodology

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I did have the wherewithal to visit potential customers and try to understand the pain points that I thought could be solved with our solution. Steve Blank calls this “ customer development ” in which you built an initial product that is in search of “product / market fit.”

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StartupWeekend Next Teaches Teams How to Level Up

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The program is based on a highly developed process created by entrepreneurial thought-leader and Ivy League educator Steve Blank , author of the book The Four Steps to the Epiphany. Customer Development.

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LeanLA Presents: Beware of False Prophets

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He went on to explain a bit about the customer development model from Blanks: State business model assumptions. Business Development Entrepreneurship Events Funding Startup Coloft David Binetti Lean LA Los Angeles Lean Startup Circle Patrick Vlaskovits Pete Mauro Votizen

Lean Startup Machine

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Lean Startup Machine is a three-day workshop where attendees use Customer Development and Lean Startup principles to validate an idea for a new product or service. Friday, September 21, 2012 -- Lean Startup Machine. See [link] (more

Lean Startup Machine

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Saturday, June 9, 2012 -- Lean Startup Machine is a three-day workshop where attendees use Customer Development and Lean Startup principles to validate an idea for a new product or service. See [link] (more

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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He wanted to build direct customer relationships to get product feedback but only 2% of customers would ever return their registration cards. So when he saw the browser it instantly dawned on him that this would be the greatest customer development tool ever.

LeanLA December Meetup: Conquering Madison Avenue as a Lean Startup

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Battle stories and lessons learned about how Sharethrough, applying the lean startup process, figured out the advertising landscape and customer developed their way into the door of a myriad of Fortune 500 customers. Tuesday, December 14, 2010 -- LeanLA December Meetup: Conquering Madison Avenue as a Lean Startup.

Fulcrum Ties With Aquantia On Reference Design

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Calabasas-based Fulcrum Microsystems , a provider of high speed Ethernet switching chips, and Aquantia , which develops 10GBASE-T PHY semiconductors, said this morning that the two have tied together in releasing a new, 48-port 10GBASE-T Ethernet Switch reference design.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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That died with waterfall software development. It should talk about how many customers you think you will acquire and how much you’ll charge for your product. I care about the thought that you’ve given to the customer problem.

A Night Of #Hackfest With BetterWorks

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Development languages varied from team to team. Some experience developers, project managers, and even some designers. Just like Startup Weekend most had never meet their team mates until the day of, and came together to develop a possible prize winning product in eight hours.

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Jazz Semi Licenses Technology To Fujitsu

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The RF technology is used by customers developing analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, typically in the wireless and high speed networking area.

RingRevenue Calls Up $4M More

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RingRvenue develops technology which tracks responses to phone calls, allowing calls to be used for affiliate sales and tracking. RingRevenue said the new funding will go towards growth and expansion, including expansion of its customer development and support teams, and an expansion of its presence outside the U.S.

Startup Weekend LA | Recap February 2012

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Those with their ideas selected were out on the prowl, looking to recruit the top designer or developer in the room. 2nd place went to MarkedUp that helps mobile developers collect and organize visual feedback from their beta testers and users ( markedup.mobi ).

Custom Software

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 -- Custom Software. For many companies, custom software provides the edge they need. Improved productivity and efficiency leading to cost reductions, easier to use services leading to increased customer satisfaction and retention, a new needed product or service that is not available anywhere else. Custom developed software can provide all that and more. Please join us and find out what it takes to develop successful software.

Why The ‘Fail Fast’ Mantra Needs to Fail

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Research this market by doing market sizing, looking at existing products, talking to customers and deciding how you will make money. If you believe there is a market then build a prototype product that you can show customers, investors and potential employees. Paying customers.

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

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As organizations we have become more open and I believe this is great for businesses and their customers. We spent time out in the marketplace talking with customers, looking at their solutions, comparing ourselves with our competition and then squirreling ourselves away in our offices designing our next set of features. some came from our customer service, some were to improve performance / scalability from tech ops, some were bug fixes, etc.)

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

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Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers - SoCal CTO , November 1, 2010 I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? How to Enchant Your Customer - How to Change the World , November 23, 2010 I love to do business with small businesses—in-store, online, for myself, for others, for pleasure, for work—it doesn’t matter to me.

Steven Blank Kills It at Greycroft CEO Summit

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We’re here for Greycroft’s CEO Summit – a gathering of the CEO’s of their portfolio companies with guest speakers covering topics including how to build your team, PR, customer development, etc. It is the key to “customer development” that Steve Blank talks about.

Why Hopscotch Is Behind Your Favorite Mobile Sports App, with Laurence Sotsky

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We're the official mobile app for whatever our customer is. Previous to this, I ran a custom, mobile application development shop. Why are these colleges using you, rather than investing in their own custom applications? The platform approach we took allows teams and companies and venues to access the best functionality, at a subcription price, rather than a custom development price.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010

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0160; If I need $250,000 to get to 100 customers, or $1 million to get to X, and I can raise both amounts from either Angels or VCs, where do we turn? How to be a successful iPhone developer - 47 Hats , July 20, 2010 I came across this YouTube video of Brian Greenstone from Pangea Software talking about how his company made $1.5 Customer Care Today. Customer Validation needs to have the CEO actively involved. Customer Development Diagnostics over Lunch.

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010

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Kathy Sierra at Business of Software 2009 - Business of Software Blog , May 4, 2010 "In the old days, getting customers was easy. Putting customers first. Legendary customer support. Guide to Evaluating Startup Ideas - Tony Wright dot com , May 27, 2010 A great developer I once worked with was kvetching at lunch one day. Instead of making a few dollars per sale and hoping for thousands of sales, you sell to only a few customers, and charge much higher rates.

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This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

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Stitcher - San Francisco-based service that lets users customize talk radio programming on their mobile devices. My take was that this follows three trends: a) customer involvement in product design, b) mass customization [e.g.