Product Development

Last Day and Chance to Apply for Lean Product Development Course in 2014

By Poornima Vijayashanker For the past few weeks I’ve mentioned that if you’re waiting for the right time then you’re idea will just never get off the ground. There will always be unforeseen circumstances that get in the way of you making progress. You just have to charge on forward and learn to be resourceful. I’ve also mentioned why it’s important to continue to learn from others and how it can be instrumental to when you’re pursuing a new path or strategy. I ... Read more

Invest in Your Idea

By Poornima Vijayashanker Two weeks ago I was making a decision to invest $2500 into a new course called Mastering Product Launches. For some people this might not seem like much, but to me, it’s a lot of money, because I’m bootstrapping my business. OK I know what you’re thinking, “Why are YOU taking a course on Mastering Product Launches?” I’m NOT a Know-it-All While it’s true that I’ve launched a number of successful software products, I’ve never launched a book, and I’m getting ready ... Read more

How a Yoga Teacher Became a Tech Entrepreneur

By Justin Reyes On her way to the laundromat, Silvie Hibdon noticed that she didn’t have any quarters. Coming back from yoga class she doesn’t usually carry them around with her. In the age of mobile payments, Silvie thought that there shouldn’t be a need for carrying loose change anymore. After a short brainstorm session, Silvie and her friend came up with the idea of a mobile payments based point-of-sale for laundromats. Silvie is an international yoga teacher, who enjoys the process of exploration ... Read more

How One Software Engineer Learned to Save Development Time for His Team

By Justin Reyes As a lead software developer at Position Logic, a leading B2B location-based services provider, it was business as usual for Andres Hernandez doing test driven development, implementing a bunch of classes, and fixing bugs. Looking to improve his own skills and his development team's, he started following blogs and magazines that covered design and startup trends. One day he received an email newsletter from Amazon’s best selling “Design for Hackers” author, David Kadavy. While reading the newsletter, Andres caught ... Read more

Journey From Founding Engineer to Founder, Lesson 1: Be Honest About What You Don’t Have

By Poornima Vijayashanker A little over 4 years ago I decided to transition from being a founding engineer to a founder. I knew that I could build a product and recruit a team, I had learned those skills at my first startup, Mint.com. But I was really curious to know what it was like to be a founder. I wanted to build a company and a business. Most recently I’ve met many engineers out there who are contemplating this transition, and maybe filled ... Read more

Bringing an Idea to Reality

By Justin Reyes After working as a consultant for Murex, a software company for investment banks, Aniss Mansouri had the desire to work on something new that would allow him to work for himself. After seeing the popularity of electronic cigarettes in the French marketplace along with the limited quality of existing competitors, Aniss was confident that this was an idea worth pursuing. But the path to pursuing his own venture did not come easy. He had little guidance and knew that he ... Read more

5 Important Things to Remember when Designing a Product

By Frances Advincula As a software engineer who is primarily focused on the front end, I have to help ensure our products have a great user experience. Here are the top 5 lessons I have learned when helping design a new product, from simple things such as a school project to even more complex situations such as enterprise software. I hope you find them helpful! 1.Write problem scenarios because they are very effective ways of putting yourself in the user’s shoes. I think ... Read more

How a Non-Technical Founder Benefited from Lean Product Development Course

By Justin Reyes From working in government to a financial advisor for Sun life financial, Nimalan Balachandran has always had a passion for accounting and finance. Having immigrated to Canada in 2006 after the Tsumani in Sri Lanka, Nimalan was certain that he wanted to transition into the technology industry and work as a software engineer. But since English was his second language, he felt surer about sticking to accounting and finance at Seneca college. After starting his own tax preparation business in ... Read more

Lesson 6: What are you measuring in a concierge MVP?

This is the sixth and final lesson in the series: How Non-Technical Founders Can Bring a Product to Market. By Poornima Vijayashanker Welcome back! In my previous lesson I told you how you can get started creating a Concierge MVP by deciding what your value proposition is, coming up with a hypothesis for who your early adopter maybe, and finally coming up with a brief description of the experience that someone will go through. Throughout all the past lessons I've been telling you that a Concierge ... Read more

Innovators: Is your head filled with questions?

By Poornima Vijayashanker A few weeks ago one of the students who is currently in our Lean Product Development Course, Nathan, told me the following: "I don't know if you remember, for my product idea I wanted to contract out to a development company and get it done! But I did not follow some of the major steps. I wish I would have taken this course a year earlier. I recently ended the contract with them (due to some communication issues and the cost). ... Read more
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