Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?

SoCal CTO

The problem is you don't yet have product/market fit, and until you do, you don't really know what to build. These companies are very early-stage and definitely have not shown product/market fit. They need to determine product/market fit.

Working with Developers

SoCal CTO

There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. I guess it should not be a surprise that Founders have lots of challenges working with developers. But my developers want to go into way too much detail.

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. TCVN now features four educational tracks in four specific areas.

MomentFeed Links Into Facebook's Preferred Marketing Developer Program

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Santa Monica-based social analytics software developer MomentFeed announced this week that it has been accepted into the Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) Program, Facebook''s program for linking with companies who develop technologies in the advertising, page management, social integration, and tool areas for the social networking site. momentfeed facebook social marketing developer development program partnership analytics software

EVgo Expands Business Development Team

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Los Angeles-based electric vehicle charging network operator EVgo has named two new executives to its business development team, the company said on Monday. According to the company, it has named Colin Murchie as Senior Director of Business Development, and Lars Peters as Director of Business Development. EVgo says its network now spans 34 states, and includes more than 1,000 fast chargers and 1,000 Level 2 chargers across 66 metropolitan markets.

Ceres, Syngenta In Market Development Deal

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Thousand Oaks-based Ceres , the developer of seeds for the energy and biofuels industry, said today that its Brazilian subsidiary, Ceres Sementes do Brasil Ltda., is in a deal with Syngenta to develop sweet sorghum-based products to power Brazil's ethanol mills.

Parasoft Opens Up Tools To Open Source Developers

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In a bid to gain better market share among developer, Monrovia, California-based Parasoft announced Tuesday that it will begin giving out free access to its entire suit of test automation software to open source developers. Parasoft develops testing automation software, typically used by enterprises to automate testing of their development efforts. Parasoft said it has launched the Parasoft Open Source Support Program to support those open source developers.

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Esri Launches New Developer Accounts

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Redlands-based mapping software developer Esri is ramping up its efforts to reach out to third party software developers, saying Friday that it has launched a new, free developer subscription for its web, mobile, and online tools and services.

Procore Snags Salesforce Vet For Marketing Chief

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Carpinteria-based cloud software developer Procore Technologies announced this morning that it has named Jim Sinai as its new Senior Vice President of Marketing. Procore said Sinai will oversee global marketing for the company. procore salesforce executive marketing unicorn sinaiSinai previously had been at Salesforce, where he had been for eight years. The new appointment comes as Procore has reached over 1,400 employees worldwide.

Terrakan Targets Real Estate Property Info For Developers

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Terrkan , a new, Los Angeles startup, said on Thursday that it has launched a new online service aimed at providing real estate data to real estate developers. The company said that its service, which currently only covers Los Angeles, hows the development value of any residential or commercial property in the city of Los Angeles. Terrkan says its tools automatically determine all of those factors and even estimates construction costs based on local market averages.

Finding Startup Developers - First Email Contact

SoCal CTO

I've removed the two words that described the market - otherwise this is verbatim. I'm working on a start up idea in the XXX market with my partner and we are currently looking for full stack developer to join us as a technical co-founder.

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Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

If others have created awareness of the market, you need only compare yourself favorably to those companies. If the market is moving quickly toward your class of product or service, you may be able to gain a piece just by being there at the right time with the right product or service.

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

If others have created awareness of the market, you need only compare yourself favorably to those companies. If the market is moving quickly toward your class of product or service, you may be able to gain a piece just by being there at the right time with the right product or service.

Document Your MVP for a Developer

SoCal CTO

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? Conversations with a technical advisors or possible developers should be iterative.

Why Your Marketing Campaign Sucks

Both Sides of the Table

Mostly it’s because your marketing campaigns suck. Or more directly – they are likely narcissistic resuscitations of your newest features or bragging points that nobody but your marketing team and your mom care about. They offer a point-of-view about their market.

Develop a culture of curiosity.

Berkonomics

Some of the world’s best companies to work for are those that encourage employees to spend time following their own paths of curiosity toward development of new products or services.

Yardi Wins Property Development Company

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Santa Barbara-based Yardi reported a customer win this week, with multifamily property development company Pennrose Management. Pennrose develops and operates housing communities in the eastern half of the United States. Yardi develops software for the real estate investment and property management market. yardi property development multifamily software realestate real estate

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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I’ve raised in boom markets and when everybody thought the Internet was a fraud. He’s focused on that sector (not exclusively but predominantly) and therefore has an amazing network at large financial services firms to help you with business development.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Starts Passenger Capsule Development

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Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of three companies working on the Hyperloop concept in Los Angeles, announced this morning that it is beginning development of a full-scale, passenger capsule for its Hyperloop systems. HTT said the capsule is being developed at its R&D center in France. The capsule will be developed in conjunction with technology partner Carbures S.A., which focuses on the aeronautics and aerospace market.

Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

Most often at the earliest point in the life of a startup, the dominant need is certainly to produce product to get something in the market, get funding, etc. What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer.

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Plant-Breeding Biotech Cibus Delays IPO, Citing Market Conditions

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“We elected to postpone our offering given current market and technical conditions,” said co-founder and CEO Peter Beetham in a press release. Cibus on Thursday said it is holding off on the initial public offering that was expected to happen this week.

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Catch up to your market or be lost!

Berkonomics

Markets and competitors change. Can you develop a product or service to meet these new expectations? Are you being left behind?

Tyvak To Develop, Launch Satellites for Australian Company

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Irvine-based Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems , a developer of nanosatellite and microsatellite services, is powering the development of a new constellation of satellites for Australian company Myriota. According to Tyvak, Myriota has partnered with the company to develop and launch its next generation of nanosatellites, with the goal of launching a 50 nanosatellite constellation.

Guerilla Marketing, Brad Feld Style

InfoChachkie

Serial entrepreneur, venture investor and startup accelerator pioneer Brad Feld has notoriously mocked traditional marketing throughout his career. If you have amazing products, the marketing of those products is trivial. If you have $hitty products, the marketing is impossible.

BetterWorks Dangles Prizes For Developers

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Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the employee fringe benefits startup headed by Paige Craig, looks to be ramping its employee recruitment effort, and is sponsoring a developer "hack-fest" this weekend at Coloft.

DoubleClick’s Guerilla Marketing Legacy

InfoChachkie

Note: This is the fourth installment of an ongoing Guerilla Marketing series. In those early days, the DoubleClick team used a variety of guerilla marketing tactics to rise above the chaos endemic in the online ad world during the Internet’s nascent evolution.

TuSimple Aims New Product At Self Driving Truck Market

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San Diego-based TuSimple , a startup which is developing camera and vision systems for the self-driving truck market, announced on Tuesday that it has launched a new vision system which it hopes to deploy into self-driving truck fleets. According to the company, its system will go into volume production in Q2, and will be deployed in Q3 of 2019.

Twitter’s Acquisition, Chirp & Managing Developer Relationships

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And aside from having great market power (the main reason for Twitter to own the client and the customer) advertising is one of the primary reasons that I believe Twitter needs to own the client applications. Tags: Social Media Tech Market Analysis

Mogreet Targets Developers, Debuts Mobile API

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Los Angeles-based mobile messaging firm Mogreet is expanding into the telephony API market, telling its users that it has just opened up a new suite of APIs which allow users to send SMS and MMS messages, look up user information, and trancode media.

Taoglas Names Chief Marketing Officer

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San Diego-based Taoglas , the developer of communications antenna technology and products, said this morning that it has named Landon Garner as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Taoglas said Garner will be responsible for brand communications, product strategy and marketing, and demand generation. taoglas chief marketing officer antenna hardware communications landon garner

AEG Boosts Digital Marketing, Media Expertise

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Los Angeles-based AEG Global Partnerships , which is part of sports and entertainment giant AEG, has boosted its digital marketing and media expertise, with the addition of a new Director of Digital at the company. AEG said Lawler will be responsible for the execution of strategic digital media initiatives, including the development and management of digital and social marketing campaigns, community engagement, and original partner and fan-generated content.

Pelican Products Names Consumer Marketing Chief

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Torrance-based Pelican Products said on Monday that it has named Jennifer Lim as its Director of Marketing for its Consumer Division. Pelican, best known for its protective cases, develops a range of products for the huntin and fishing, adventure, personal electronics, photography, and other markets. pelican producs jennifer consumer marketing executive

10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

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The following are some lessons I learned about early-stage startup marketing. Because market is such a broad topic, I’m restricting these lessons to PR marketing (as opposed SEO, SEM, product marketing, etc.). I call this “marketing futures.&#

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. 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.

Miku Tackles Smart Baby Monitor Market

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Miku says its product retails for $399, and was "developed by military engineers." A new, Los Angeles-based startup, a href="[link] , has launched its first product, a "smart" baby monitor which it says captures and analyzes a baby's breathing and sleeping patterns, the temperature and humidity levels in a baby's environment, as well as other data.