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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.

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.

Product Development

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 14, 2012 -- Software Product Development - How to Triple Your Likelihood of Success. Product development has always been challenging. Software products, while being easier to mold and perfect, offer additional set of management and technical challenges. In this workshop, we will discuss techniques that may triple your likelihood of developing a successful software product.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

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.

DataPop Launches New Ad Product

socalTECH

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

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.

How to Avoid a Common Product Mistake Many Teams Make

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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?

ZEFR Launches New Product

socalTECH

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.

Spreeify Launches New Mobile Ad Product

socalTECH

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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Shopatron Launches Product Locator Tool

socalTECH

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.

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.

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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

socalTECH

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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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.

Phoenix Shops Its Cancer Drug as Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

Xconomy

San Antonio — George Perry, a scientist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has long proposed that drug developers and researchers need to look earlier into the roots of Alzheimer’s disease. A potential discovery that targets the early development of the disease—in.

ReachLocal Appoints Chief Product Officer

socalTECH

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

socalTECH

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.

Spireon Launches New GPS Vehicle Tracking Product For Subprime Market

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Irvine-based Spireon , a developer of telematics products for vehicle and fleet tracking, said late last week that it has launched a new GPS vehicle tracking system, specificdally aimed at the subprime auto financing market. The company said its new GoldStar Lender product is aimed at helping auto finance professionals manage their portfolio risk, by tracking vehicles sold in the subprime lending market, and the "Buy Here Pay Here" dealership market.

Punchcard Launches Business Analytics Product

socalTECH

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

socalTECH

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.

STEC Opens Development Center In India

socalTECH

Santa Ana-based STEC , the developer of solid state disk drives and technology, said this week that it has opened up a new storage innovation center in Pune, India. According to STEC, the new design center will provide software development resources for its products. STEC did not say how many developers it is looking to hire in the location, but did say it has appointed Anurag Agrawal as General Manager of the new location.

Kofax Launches New Product

socalTECH

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.

Hackathon Targets Orange County Web Developers

socalTECH

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. The companies said they will award a grand prize of $5,000 to the winning entry into the hackathon, which takes advantage of the WebRTC standard in a project, product, or service.

Viddy Wants to Bring Developers to Silicon Beach | $10K and a Job Offer

Tech Zulu Event

Yesterday Viddy, the social video sharing site announced the launch of their public API for developers to build around the platform and come up with new ways of sharing video. What developer wouldn’t want the chance to live in beautiful sunny Southern California.

Anametrix Names Product Management VP

socalTECH

San Diego-based real-time marketing analytics software developer Anametrix said Wednesday that it has named Barry Parshall as its new SVP of Product Management. Parshall was most recently at iJento, where he also served at SVP of Product Management. Parshall will head up product strategy for the company. software analytics management product anametrix

Citrix Moves Closer To Split Of GoTo Product Line

socalTECH

Citrix Systems is moving closer to a spinout of its GoTo product line this week, saying that it has named Kevin Parker, co-founder and senior operating principal at Bridge Growth Partners as Chairman of a soon-to-be-formed company specifically encompassing the Citrix "GoTo" product line. Those products--most of which are developed in Santa Barbara--will be split out from Citrix in late 2016, according to the company.

Ashton Kutcher: Actor, Investor, Product Engineer?

socalTECH

In what might be the first ever "celebrity product engineer", computer maker Lenovo held a launch event yesterday at Youtube Space LA for a new tablet, announcing that it has partnered with Ashton Kutcher to be the newest product engineer on its new line of tablets.

Dealstruck Launches New Line Of Credit Product For Small Businesses

socalTECH

San Diego-based startup Dealstruck , the startup developing an online marketplace to help small businesses find loan funding, has rolled out a new product, saying today that it has launched a new, asset-based line of credit product. The crowdfunding site said the new product lets businesses drawn down funding like a credit card, paying interest only on the amount outstanding, with the ability to pay down their credit loans at any time.

OpenX Sells Off OpenX Source To Developer

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based online ad serving technology provider OpenX said late Friday that it has sold of all of its interest in its legacy, open source ad serving product, OpenX Source, back to one of the software''s original developers. OpenX said it sold its interest in OpenX Source to a team led by Andrew Hill, one of the original developers of the ad serving code.