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. When product vision is truly clear, then it makes sense to execute it, and hiring follows. These companies are very early-stage and definitely have not shown 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.

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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. 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?

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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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. ” These are people with whom there is a likely match for your product or service. So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better.

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 Digital Map Products was founded by Jim Skurzynski and Geoff Wade, who will continue to lead the company. Silversmith said it was advised by Choat Hall & Stewart int he deal; Digital Map Products was advised by both Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and Pagemill Partners.

DataPop Launches New Ad Product

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Los Angeles-based DataPop , the product advertising technology developer headed by Jason Lehmbeck, has launched a new product aimed at retailers. According to DataPop, its new OmniAds product uses a retailer''s merchandise catalog to drive advertising on such sites as Google, Bing, Pinterest, Polyvore, Ebay, and Amazon. DtaPop said that so far, the product is being used by such customers as Pier 1 Imports. datapop advertising catalog retailer products ecommerc

Connect Marks 30th Year of Most Innovative New Product Awards

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In its yearly celebration of entrepreneurship and invention, San Diego’s Connect gave its Most Innovative New Product Award to 10 local companies at a dinner gala Thursday evening. Connect Devices Entrepreneurship Fuse Integration Greg McKee Hardware Healthtech innovation Innovation Economy Internet Investor IT Levitate Technologies Mobile Most Innovative New Products Awards Nextivity NotesFirst people Software Sourcify startups StemoniX TereoPneuna ViaCyte Web wireless

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. ” Most technologists design for themselves and then test with uncorrelated user groups only months after product launch – if ever.

Bose Develops Prototype “Sleepbuds” After Buying San Diego Startup

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Bose , the privately held maker of headphones, loudspeakers, and other electronics for audiophiles, has acquired Hush, a San Diego startup founded by three undergraduate engineering students to develop “smart” noise-masking earbuds designed to help users sleep.

Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?

InfoChachkie

A recurring entrepreneurial challenge is to determine the optimal price of a new product, especially absent a directly competitive alternative. Yet, the value of your solution will vary by customer, based on the utility each derives from your product.

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. Still, if you've not heard these questions from a developer, they are not helping you as much as they should. Do you transact immediately or on delivery of some product or service?

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.

ZEFR Launches New Product

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Venice, California-based ZEFR , which develops technology for helping movie studios, music labels, and others identify, claim, and manage content on YouTube, said today that it has launched a new product.

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

Tech Zulu Event

Drawing from the UK Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) experience, US Senator Chris Coons will talk about the version of the Research & Development tax credit bill he sponsored on August 8 in New York City.

Products I Love to Use

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I’m not trying to say my picks are great and other products aren’t and I’ll certainly forget some. But this is just a reflection midway in June 2015 of the some of the products I love, enjoy or use frequently, and am not an investor in. I even developed a nomenclature where I would put “restaurant” or “movie” or “must read” in the title so I could search later.

A Day in the Life of a Product Manager

Tech Zulu Event

Rather, these were the words given in response to the opening question to a panel of product managers to “describe their occupation” in 3 words or less, + an additional word on what their biggest challenge was. Jay Stakelon , VP Product Design, Fullscreen.

Founder Challenges with Startup Development Teams and CTOs

SoCal CTO

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. These are often the same things that cause a founder to reach out to me about helping their CTO, VP Engineering, tech team, off-shore development, etc. Delivery of code/product that clearly has not been tested.

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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. Shopatron said its new product, Local Product Search, helps customers find products from brands, offering up real time, local product inventory to those customers. The company says its new tool instead directly points consumers at available inventory of product.

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.

Biomed Incubator Watershed Develops Tech for IDing Medical Devices

Xconomy

San Antonio — A biomedical product developer, Watershed Idea Foundry, has created a method of identifying medical devices that have been implanted in the body that uses 3-D printing and its own software.

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. Still, if you've not heard these questions from a developer, they are not helping you as much as they should. Do you transact immediately or on delivery of some product or service?

How to Find and Hire a Developer

Tech Zulu Event

At Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood 2012 Kevin Winston organized a panel called “How to Find and Hire a Developer”. Always have a developer do a test project before hiring them to make sure they deliver quality work. Try to identify developers that are flexible in their design.

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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Chris Dixon wrote a blog post last week titled, “ Techies and Normals &# in which he defined “Techies&# as people who are not just “early adopters&# but also have more of a geeky, technical, product bent. They use products because the products solve a need they have.

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. anymeeting conferencing product small business meeting

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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. ReachLocal said Barton will be responsible for development of new products, and optimization of its core online marketing products. advertising executive officer product chief reachlocal

AVST Buys Application Developer

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Foothill Ranch-based Applied Voice & Speech Technologies , which develops unified communications applications product, said this week that it has acquired the assets of Beacon Solutions , a developer of an open development software framework which runs on its products.

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs

Xconomy

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. Early acquisitions force pharma to take more risk and spend more of their operating budgets on development over a longer time than buying post-phase II, where they can more efficiently deploy large-scale resources.

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 said the new software helps local merchants gain insights into customer purchasing behavior, and the ability to push offers to consumers' smart phones via its app.

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. According to BioMolded Products, it has opened up a new product design and manufacturing facility, which will manufacture medical-grade, blow molded plastic parts for the biopharmaceutical and life science industries.

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

InfoChachkie

Despite the snarky rumors that Google’s content development program was poorly managed at its outset (e.g., I encourage you to check out each of these artists, as you may be surprised by the production values and overall entertainment quotient of their material.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

SoCal CTO

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. However, when I told him that the level of engagement required from me and the fact that equity-only development was required, he seemed to be a bit offended.

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. Kofax said it has launched Kofax DotImage Enterprise Edition, new software which enabled Internet browser portal applications for document scanning, viewing, annotating, and processing.