Initial Product-Market Fit

When entrepreneurs set out to build their company, they have grand visions and aspirations. The product needs to do this, and that, and the other thing. The list goes on and on. Only, product-market fit starts small. Really small. Here are some thoughts on initial product-market fit: 10 friendly customers like the product and give friendly-focused feedback,…

Losing Product-Market Fit

One of the hot topics in startups is around product-market fit. Whether it’s how to know if you’ve achieved product-market fit or how product-market fit relates to raising money, there’s plenty of information available. Well, there’s another aspect of product-market fit that’s almost never talked about: losing it. Just because product-market fit is achieved, it doesn’t…

The Product Manager

In the tech startup world there’s a consistent theme that software engineers and sales reps are two of the hardest positions to fill as the company scales. Well, there’s an even harder position to fill and that’s the role of the product manager (thankfully, a larger number of them aren’t required for each startup). Here’s…

Product Focus

One of the areas most first-time entrepreneurs struggle with is product focus. Whenever a new startup gets going, there’s a completely clean slate with which to build the application. As more early adopters and customers use the product, more ideas and feedback come in on how to enhance it. Entrepreneurs love selling and building things, so when a customer makes a…

Cloud-Based Software Engineering Tools

The cost to develop web-based software has dropped an order of magnitude over the past 15 years. Part of it is due to the rise of open source software, part of it is due to cloud computing, and part of it is due to general advancements in software development. One area that’s been fascinating to watch…

7 Engineering Startup Lessons from Netflix

Om Malik, journalist and entrepreneur, put up a slide on his site titled Startups lessons from Netflix where he highlights a presentation from Adrian Cockcroft, previously of Netflix. Adrian highlights 7 startup lessons he learned from his time at Netflix: Speed wins in the marketplace Remove friction from product development High trust, low process, no hand-offs…

5 Happy Customers With No New Bugs

Being a part of the Atlanta Tech Village enables me to spend a good bit of time with entrepreneurs that have a working product and are seeking product-market fit. As a product-oriented entrepreneur, I enjoy talking about the software, how it works, how customers use it, and how the customer on-boarding process works. After writing…