Document Your MVP for a Developer

SoCal CTO

You likely are writing your first one of these. In fact, let me provide an important warning: If you create these documents, don't have input from a technical resource, take it to a development shop and they provide you a price. Developers don't need everything to be fully documented.

Docstoc Launches Document Marketplace

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Santa Monica-based DocStoc , the online document sharing site run by Jason Nazar, is announcing this afternoon that the firm has launched a new, online store which will allow people to both buy and sell professional documents. The new online store will allow users to pay for documents with a credit card, PayPal, or Google Checkout. The firm is looking to leverage the traffic to the site's library of professional documents, beyond its current advertising revenue stream.

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Framework Benchmarks

TechEmpower

For this exercise, we aimed to configure every framework according to the best practices for production deployments gleaned from documentation and popular community opinion. write(HelloDbResponse.mapper.writeValueAsString(worlds)); } catch (IOException ex) { } } }); return response; }.

Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

You will often find these governing conditions in the “protective provisions” section of your company’s legal documents. I plan to write a series of posts on the topic. I’m open to lobbying via Twitter (I’m msuster ) which order to write them in and/or if you think I’m missing a topic.

DocStoc Releases Collections

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Santa Monica-based DocStoc , the online document sharing site run by Jason Nazar, just released a new feature Thursday afternoon, DocStoc Collections , which allows users to create their own groupings of documents by topic. The new feature so far includes collections such as "Starting A Small Business," "Traveling On A Budget," "Writing Better Cover Letters," and similar topics. Tags: docstoc collections topic sharing document

How to be a dictator enforcing sales offer deadlines

Berkonomics

Everyone who manages a company or its sales force wants to write as many new deals as possible, and is usually warry about doing anything that might threaten the positive outcome of a pending sale. Do so within the offer document and with a personal comment with delivery of the offer.

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Family Archival Solutions | Digitalize Your Legacy

Tech Zulu Event

Emails, documents, and even tax forms are handled online, making it difficult for families to retrieve them, or even know they existed in the first place. Some have lost documents forever. We’ll make sure important documents can be located and also have them delivered.

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application

TechEmpower

Examples would be applications that match users based on non-trivial math, or make recommendations based on some amount of analysis of past and present behavior, or process large documents on the users’ behalf. “It was running fine.”

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Efficient multiple-stream concatenation in Java

TechEmpower

With three streams we could write Stream.concat(Stream.concat(a, b), c). Note the warning in the documentation of Stream.concat(a, b) : Use caution when constructing streams from repeated concatenation. I want to combine the elements of multiple Stream instances into a single Stream. What's the best way to do this? This article compares a few different solutions. Stream.concat(a, b). The JDK provides Stream.concat(a, b) for concatenating two streams. void exampleConcatTwo () {.

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What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet?

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I’m just writing verbatim what I wrote in a Quora response years ago. A term sheet is not a legally binding document. What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet? I was asked to answer this exact question on Quora and I did so some time ago.

Everything about Java 8

TechEmpower

At the time of this writing, Java 8 development is still very much in progress. I'll do my best to keep this document up to date. This seems odd at first, given that some interfaces actually define their equals behavior in documentation. It is essentially another way of writing Collections.newSetFromMap(new ConcurrentHashMap ()). It performs better than RRWL when used as a plain read-write lock.

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This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

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I know it may feel this way since I’m writing this tongue in cheek. The person writing things he or she is doing me a favor. They had to physically write a letter, address it, put a stamp on it (pay) and then put it in the mailbox.

Frameworks Round 1

TechEmpower

For this exercise, we aimed to configure every framework according to the best practices for production deployments gleaned from documentation and popular community opinion. write(HelloDbResponse.mapper.writeValueAsString(worlds)); } catch (IOException ex) { } } }); return response; }.

Mangling JSON numbers

TechEmpower

We should write an alternative to JSON.stringify that produces an exact representation of our number.” We can no longer write Mustache or Handlebars templates like this: {{! We can no longer write functions like this: function updateEmailAddress(user, newEmail) { // Oops, we failed for user #2^62! If our API is designed to be public and usable by any client, we should document our behavior with respect to number precision.

Making Sure You Are Ready to Begin Building Your MVP

SoCal CTO

I'm going to be looking at aspects like: Things to consider before building your MVP Features often overlooked when documenting an MVP for developers Understanding important metrics you want to measure Risks and challenges in developing an MVP.

What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

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I’ve been on boards with independent directors who are hugely responsive, read important legal documents, get briefed by the CEO and company counsel and know the company’s financials. I really like it when independent directors write a check into the company.

Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

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Why you should set up a board at the seed round of funding I know these days with SAFE documents and rolling convertible notes many founders prefer not to set up a board early on.

Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

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These collective sets of documents form the basis of what somebody looking at investing would call “financial due diligence.” What happens is 18–20 firms access the data room and download all of your documents. Why you should never have a data room?—?the

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

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Here’s Why You Should Just Send the Deck I know you have your document sending tool to send your fund-raising deck to VCs and track who read your deck, which pages they read and how much time they spend on each page. I know that you can use an email system with this to track my open rate, whether I forwarded the email, the IP address where I read it, whether I was on a mobile device or a wired computer and you can tell who else read the document.

How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

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I have checked Twitter at least 10 times during the writing of this post so far and Facebook 3 times. I can’t write a blog post and then wait 3 days to publish. It’s why I don’t write for TechCrunch or similar much any more.

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A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas

InfoChachkie

Seth is a design-oriented entrepreneur, with little desire to document details. The more you play around with ideas and you write them down, the better. The key is to document and challenge the veracity of your ideas at the time they occur to you.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Your Own Expertise

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Ultimately the Goldman Sachs report gets picked up by a journalist who writes a hyperbolic headline with emphatic conclusions because nobody wants to read that tomorrow will be just like today.

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.

Berkonomics

But it’s a valuable document for you. Studies found that people who write plans are more likely to put their goals in action and increases your likelihood of success. By JJ Richa.

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

InfoChachkie

Large companies write business plans, why of course, that’s the organizing document for a startup. Yet we took this document, the business plan, because we knew nothing else and said, ‘Go write one of these.’.

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Star Trek Lessons

Jason Nazar

So its with great pride that I highlight this document on docstoc: 10 Importnat Life Lessons from Star Trek. 10 Important Life Lessons from Star Trek - Get more Creative WritingSo yah, I was a huge star trek fan growing up, and proud to say it. Personally I wish our outgoing President watched so he could have been more familiar with the Prime Directive.

Why It’s Time for Les Moonves to Go — You Can’t Charm Your Way out of Sexual Misconduct

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Moonves is so liked in the industry I have no doubt that my writing a blog post will annoy some senior people in the industry that I know but that’s no reason to stay silent.

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10 Step Checklist To Rank Your Startup Ideas

InfoChachkie

We all have hunches, but if we do not diligently document them, we risk losing them. Seth is a design-oriented entrepreneur, with little desire to document details. The more you play around with ideas and you write them down, the better.

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The Biggest Reason Most Sales Campaigns Don’t Close

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I’ve been writing a series on a simple methodology that we used at my first enterprise software company. If you’ve done a good job in the sales process you’ve already written out a needs document in which your wrote out what you believe the customer problems are with specific examples.

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How to make a business partnership a success

Berkonomics

It is highly recommended that legal document are created and/or reviewed by a business transaction attorney. All agreements should be in writing and signed by all parties involved. By JJ Richa. Dave’s note: Our guest insight this week is from JJ Richa.

Should Investors in the Same Round of Financing Ever Get Different Prices?

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The trouble is, nobody has an incentive to agree to write the first check. There is simply no reason for the first angel to write you a check until you have the whole round secure, which is why people herd cats. Especially if it was memorialized in the documents why you were doing it.

Investors, MVPs and Evidence of Traction

SoCal CTO

Yesterday, I was talking to a startup founder about their MVP and they said something that finally got me to write this post: "I have a few investors interested but they want to see a product."

Don’t Sweep Feedback Under the Rug

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I next write a paragraph to describe what I mean by each comment. Next time write it down when it happened. Don’t have your staff write their own reviews. If you don’t have the time, insights and responsibility to write your direct reports annual evaluations (read: one time per year!!) Put it in writing. But it’s an important signal to your employee that this is a serious document. But the rest of the document stands.

What Do You Need to Do to Improve Sales? Here’s a Start …

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I write about sales often both because it’s the lifeblood of any organization and because in my experience it is the area in which more startups are least experienced or inclined. I also write and talk about it frequently because raising capital is a part of sales and this is important for entrepreneurs to understand. First, pension funds normally write very large checks – $50m and up often.

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A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals

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Brad and Jason have been exposing venture capitalists’ secrets since 2005, when they began writing a blog series on Term Sheets at AskTheVC. Examples – The book is filled with text excerpted from actual funding documents, rather than the generic templates usually found in academic textbooks.

LegalZoom Targeted In Legal Software Ban In Missouri

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Los Angeles-based LegalZoom , the online legal document provider, is the target of a class action lawsuit in Missouri, which is looking to block the ability of the firm to provide wills, leases, and other documents. According to LegalZoom, if it loses at trial, the state would be the only in the nation which takes away a consumer's right to access online legal document software.