Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

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They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. In three of the cases, the founder was finding that the software teams (1 in-house, 2 outsourced) were delivering relatively well in the short-run.

Working with Developers

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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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Startup Development

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I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

Smith Micro Adds Design and Development Service

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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. smith micro design development consulting service software mobile android

MobileCause Raises $15M For Nonprofit Software

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Los Angeles-based nonprofit fundraising and crowdfunding software platform developer MobileCause has raised $15M in a Series B funding, according to the company. mobilecause nonprofit software venture capital crowdfund crowdfundingThe funding came from growth equity firm Level Equity. As part of the funding, Levil Equity's Sarah Sommer has joined the company's board.

Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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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.

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

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I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. for a Lead Developer: How much will it cost to build what we need to build? How can I control costs but effectively get stuff developed? How can we phase development to balance cost, features, risk, etc? What existing systems will we leverage, what programming languages, software development methodologies, web application frameworks, revision control systems, etc.?

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Quest Software Backs Middleware Developer

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Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software , the developer of enterprise software tools, has backed a maker of SOA middleware. According to WSO2 , a Silicon Valley-based developer of middleware software, it raised $6.5M WSO2 develops cloud-enabled middleware software used by enterprises. wso2 quest software venture capital strategic investment middleware service oriented architecture saas paas

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BlockFraud Finds $5M For Anti-Fraud Software

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Santa Monica-based BlockFraud , a developer of machine learning and artificial intelligence software used for detecting mobile fraud, has reportedly raised $5M in a Series A funding, the company disclosed on Wednesday. blockfraud antifraud software artificial intelligence machine learning venture capital

Poor Software Developers - Pull the Plug Early

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There's an old adage in software development that I refer to all the time: The first 90% of development takes 90% of the time. I used this when I taught software engineering. And I use it all the time now when I get the kind of message that I received: I'm looking for a web developer to continue work on my website. I used a company in India to develop the site, and it's mostly done. Then I found a local developer but it was a truly awful experience.

Vroozi Raises $4M For Procurement Software

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Los Angeles-based Vroozi , a developer of cloud-based, B2B procurement software, has raised $4M in a funding round, the company said this morning. The startup, led by Steve Olds, said the funding will go towards growing its sales organization, as well as for development efforts. cloud saas growth expansion capital venture software procurement vroozi

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Insights: 10 Common Interviewing Mistakes Often Made By Developers

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Think being a developer is all you need to do to get a job at a company? For our Insights and Opinions section today, Helen MacKinnon of Technical Connections gives a list of the top ten interviewing mistakes made by developers.

Guidance Software Shuffles Executives

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Pasadena-based Guidance Sofdtware , the developer of computer forensics and security software, said it has undergone a restructuring of its sales, training, channel and product development efforts. Guidance Software also said it has named Scott Skidmore as its Vice Preisdent, Global Channel Sales. guidance software executive computer forensics security

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

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Put simply Chuck is amongst the smartest and most knowledgeable leaders in the CRM industry and in the components I consider the future of enterprise software — voice driving input/output, chat-based computing and mobile-first design. Chuck as a software visionary understood this.

Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies

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marketing, and not enough of the traditional, software-and-algorithm intensive startups you'd expect to see in Silicon Valley. The firm's software is now being. other developers to incorporate into their own apps. The company's software is being included in the Linux.

Enterprise Software Is Back: SoCal Sees Surge In Software Deals

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If you look at the last few weeks of deals here, you might be surprised: it''s almost been entirely enterprise software. Yesterday, TigerText , a developer of enterprise, secure texting tools, raised a big $21M funding and last week, the big funding round was for Kareo , which raised $29.5M

Raken Gets $2M For Construction Reporting Software

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San Diego-based Raken has raised $2M in a funding round, for the company's construction reporting and compliance software. The company develops cloud-based software used to help monitor construction project progress and compliance, and was founded in 2013. raken venture capital construction reporting softwareThe funding was led by Rincon Venture Partners , and also included Eniac Ventures and Spider Capital.

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Mogreet Targets Developers, Debuts Mobile API

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The new API is the first move by Mogreet into making the technology it developed to help enterprises and small businesses send SMS and MMS messages, and making that available to third party developers. mogreet trancode messaging developer software

PatientPop Links With Electronic Health Records Software From Greenway

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Santa Monica-based PatientPop , the developer of healthcare scheduling and practice management software for healthcare providers, has linked up with electronic health records software developer Greenway Health. According to the two companies, they have added patient scheduling integration between Greenway Prime Suite and PatientPop's practice management software.

LA Transportation Agency Dangles Prizes For Software Developers

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has quitely launched a major contest looking to spur development of mobile application that utilize information about the Los Angeles area's public transit. Metro has launched the Metro Development Challenge , which is dangling nearly $10,000 in prizes to for the best mobile and web applications in a number of categories. angeles county metro developer challenge software mobile develop mashup

Biomed Incubator Watershed Develops Tech for IDing Medical Devices

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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

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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. If so, are specific software development processes necessary?

AT&T Developers Summit at CES 2014

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AT&T held their 6th annual developers summit in Las Vegas this year at CES 2014. The AT&T Developers program provides APIs, SDKs and developer news. Members might also get invited to cool events such as this Developers Summit. AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon.

SweetLabs Dangles $50K To Developers

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San Diego-based SweetLabs , the startup formerly known as OpenCandy, said today that it has launched a $50,000 contest which will reward web developers for creating desktop applications for its Pokki desktop app environment. The firm, which is venture backed by Google Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, said that the top prize is $30,000, and will be rewarded to the best desktop app submitted by a developer to the company.

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.

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

Founder Challenges with Startup Development Teams and CTOs

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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. Rogue developers with their own agenda. Developers will leave.

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At “The Vine,” Developer Builds a Vertical Campus for Tech Startups

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The developer also provides rent-free space for a second EvoNexus incubator in University City (about a mile or so from UC San Diego) and a third EvoNexus incubator near UC Irvine that opened at the end of 2014. In April, a study released by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

BlackLine Software Prices IPO

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Woodland Hills-based BlackLine Software , the developer of accounting and financial close software, has priced its IPO, saying late Thursday evening that it will sell 8,600,000 shares of its common stock at $17.00 saas software accounting acquisition merger blackline

Connectifier Gets $6M For Recruiting Software

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Orange County-based Connectifier , a sttup founded by ex-Googlers, and which is developing search-powered recruiting software, has raised $6M in a Series A. Connetifier is developing tools which use search software and artifial intelligence to better help recruiers find and locate talent. connectifier recruiting software venture capital search google googler artificial intelligence computer

Renovate America Acquires CakeSystems For Energy Auditing, Modeling Software

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San Diego-based Renovate America , the provider of residential clean energy financing programs, said this morning that it has acquired CakeSystems , a developer of home energy modeling and auditing software. renovate america cakesystems energy auditing modeling software merger acquisition

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Guidance Software Acquired By OpenText For $240M

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Pasadena-based forensics software maker Guidance Software has agreed to be acquired by OpenText , in a deal worth approximately $240M, Guidance said this morning. Guidance, which is best known for developing the EnCase forensic security software, said OpenText will pay $7.10 guidance software forensics merger acquisition opentext encase

Classy Captures $18M For Nonprofit Software

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San Diego-based Classy , which develops cloud-based software used by nonprofits for fundraising, disclosed that it has raised $18M in a new funding round. salesforce cloud saas software fundraising nonprofit capital venture stayclassy classyThe funding came from Mithril Capital Management and Salesforce Ventures. Classy was founded in 2006 as StayClassy, and also counts Bullpen Capital and Venture51 as backers.

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