David Kadavy is the author of Design for Hackers, which debuted at #18 on Amazon! He has also been a freelance designer and design lead at a number of startups in Silicon Valley. David is currently a design instructor for Femgineer’s Lean Product Development course.
Read our interview with David and get to know this dynamic designer!
David we know you love to do improv… Tell us the first interesting thing about yourself that pops into your head?
I once went 25 years without ...
Sarah Doody is an independent user experience designer, consultant, and writer. Previous to branching out on her own, she worked at various startups in New York where she helped shape the product vision and user experience. Before that she worked at a Fortune 500 software company. Sarah is passionate about using the power of storytelling to help teams shift their focus from products to people.
Sarah is currently a design and user experience instructor for Femgineer’s Lean Product Development course.
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Russell Olsen is the VP of Product Management at Phytel, which provides health care organizations with proven population health software solutions. Russell and his product management team work on a product that helps healthcare providers better collaborate with their patients to improve care.
Always eager to learn new and efficient product development processes that will help his team and company, Russell enrolled in Femgineer Lean Product Development course.
Throughout the course Russell learned valuable techniques such as how to create mental models, paper prototypes, and ...
Taking an idea from inception to a product that can be shipped takes more than just coding skills. It begins with doing market research to identify customer segments, validating that one or more segments has a problem through customer interviews, and then finally translating customer needs into features.
Initially, much of this work can be done individually by either a startup founder or a product manager. If they are initially creating a concierge MVP, then there isn't much that needs to be ...
Happy to announce that Heroku is sponsoring a full scholarship for one student to participate in Femgineer’s Lean Product Development course. This scholarship will be available to any student who meets the following eligibility criteria:
Genuine financial need
Product idea is in a prototype stage
Product idea must be a software application (web or mobile)
Demonstrates a strong desire to attend the course
To apply for the scholarship here are the following steps:
Fill out the scholarship application.
Once we receive your scholarship application, we'll review it within 48 hours, ...
Many of you might have heard about the Series A Crunch that happened last year. It left a lot of startups scrambling for funding. Those who were ahead of the curve received funding, those who were fortunate were acquired by larger companies looking for entrepreneurial talent, while others sadly ended up in the dead pool.
I spotted signs of the crunch happening very early on. I knew that getting another round of funding for my startup BizeeBee would be difficult. I cringed ...
My first job was at a big company. It gave me the comfort of a steady paycheck and a stable pace of life. I had features that I owned, but after a couple years I realized where my career was headed, I was going to be a one-trick pony! Sure the pay was great, but if I didn’t do something immediately to change my situation then I could be laid off with minimal transferable skills.
Fortunately, I thought ahead, and decided to ...
For the past year, I've been very focused on building Femgineer into a business. Spending my time teaching courses and workshops both online and offline at General Assembly, HackBright, incubators, technology non-profits, and now at Duke University. I've also been hosting forums across the country to address sensitive topics that are holding people back in their careers in tech, and speaking all over the world about product development, startups, and software engineering. Having done all of this, I'm not tired, but more energetic than ever because this is ...
Teaching at Duke this fall, one of my objectives is to showcase different approaches to building technology and a business around it. This week I taught the students about positioning. Positioning is basically creating an image or identity in the minds of customers. Given the abundance of products out there, a company has to position itself in order to gain any mindshare with prospective customers.
To illustrate the case of positioning oneself in a vertical market, I showcased the company AeroVironment, aka ...
This post was inspired by the Startup Edition prompt, “How do you build a team?"
When I started BizeeBee, I had one word in mind, freedom. More specifically, I wanted the freedom to be able to work from anywhere, and still make progress. However, having never built or run a remote team I knew I'd need help.
My co-founder Alex Notov had a very strong vision for how to make this possible. Having been a freelancer for a few years, he had developed ...