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…

The Back Story on FullStory

Atlanta-based FullStory just announced that they raised $1.2 million in a seed round led by Google Ventures. FullStory offers an amazing SaaS-based product that records every user interaction with a website/web application so that marketing, support, and user experience teams can play it back to see precisely what a user did — it’s a game…

Initial Customers Always Find Bugs

Signing the first few customers is incredibly difficult (see The First Five Customers), yet after all that effort, the next challenge is keeping them as they inevitably find product bugs. No matter how extensively you test the software, end users always come up with edge cases and scenarios that you never dreamed of trying. Here are a…

Consulting Work to Fund Product Development

One of the more common entrepreneur strategies is to use consulting work to generate cash to then fund product development. In fact, the most successful fast-growing software company in Atlanta, MailChimp, is actually owned by The Rocket Science Group, which for many years was a web design firm. The Rocket Science Group built MailChimp after…