TCVN Program: Customer Development

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 -- TCVN Program: Customer Development. The four tracks are: Legal, Execution, Finance, and Marketing and will consist of a series of five, consecutive monthly programs designed to give the entrepreneur a comprehensive overview of each area. Who is your customer? Join other entrepreneurs for a detailed workshop that will give you a different perspective on how to find and keep customers.

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.

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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.

Fulcrum Ties With Aquantia On Reference Design


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.

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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”.

Customer Validation - 33 Great Articles


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."

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StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups


This site aggregates and filters content from thought leaders who talk about topics such as Marketing , Sales , Design , Revenue , Hiring , Social Media , Business Models , Metrics , PR , Venture Capital , Angel Investors , Bootstrapping , Incubators , Agile and many others.

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


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.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Steve Blank , January 25, 2010 10 Tips for Adding Game Mechanics to a Non-Gaming Service - ReadWriteStart , September 21, 2010 Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own. - 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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Jazz Semi Licenses Technology To Fujitsu


Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor said today that it has licensed its high-precision RF models and design kits for RF to Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited.

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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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 30 Startup Posts for July 2010


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.

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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. Quirky - Platform facilitating collaborative design of consumer products through an online community.

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.

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010


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


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.

LeanLA Presents: Beware of False Prophets

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Overall, the capacity-crowd consisted of plenty of different professional identities, all tuning in to hear lead presenter David Binetti, Co-Founder and Business Model Designer for Votizen. The message was clear, beware of false prophets when dealing with your young and budding startup.

Domain Experience Gives Entrepreneurs an Unfair Advantage

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Before they’re presenting I want to know “what unique experiences you bring to the table that are going to give your business a faster time to market, a better designed product, more knowledge of your customers problems – a higher likelihood of success.&# It’s what many VC’s call, “An unfair advantage.&#. The exact same team had worked on 2 previous customer service startups (and 1 non-CS product).

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010


How a startup should leverage a personal assistant - A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks , August 30, 2010 Rob Walling generously allowed me to reprint this excerpt from his new book, "Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup" available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon and in PDF and ePub from Develop your business plan. Of the 8 founders at the dinner, half of them had a design/ui/ux background. Developer.

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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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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 ( ).