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…

Customers Finding Bugs

Yesterday I was talking to an entrepreneur about their recent product launch. The application looks solid and has a minimum respectable feature set (one level above a minimum viable product). Only, he thought the product was sufficient for now and wouldn’t need as much engineering attention for a month or two. A new product never survives contact…