Startups

Lesson 2: What is an early stage startup?

This is the second lesson in the series: Why Should You Consider being an Early Stage Startup Employee. This mini-course is from our monthly event series: Femgineer Forum, which was sponsored by nousDECOR in April 2014. By Poornima Vijayashanker When the phrase early stage startup pops into some people's mind it becomes associated with high risk, which is valid because it's the stage where anything can happen! Founders can be fickle, the idea behind a product is still being fleshed out, and it's at this stage of the ... Read more

Lesson 1: My experience as an early stage startup employee.

This is the first lesson in the series: Why Should You Consider being an Early Stage Startup Employee. This mini-course is from our monthly event series: Femgineer Forum, which was sponsored by nousDECOR in April 2014. By Poornima Vijayashanker If you think that being at an early stage startup employee means that you just work 100 hour weeks, then you're in for a surprise! Having been an early stage startup employee at Mint.com, and having started my own startups: BizeeBee and Femgineer, I've gotten a real sense ... Read more

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

Journey From Founding Engineer to Founder, Lesson 2: Invest in Infrastructure

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

The Myth of Being Ready

By Poornima Vijayashanker Nearly four and a half years ago I decided to transition from being a founding engineer at my first startup Mint.com to being a founder. This was by no means an easy decision, and I’m sure a number of you are in the process of making it right now. One of the biggest fears that I had at the time was that I wouldn’t be ready. I rationalized it away by coming up with a list of things that I ... 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

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

Lazy Leaders: Don’t be a Copy Cat

By Poornima Vijayashanker Nearly four years ago, when I began BizeeBee I felt like I wasn’t making progress at the same rate as my peers. I blamed myself and doubted my leadership style. I decided that I needed to be more like people I had been led by in the past. I chose to adopt all the qualities I thought were their strengths and ignore anything I perceived as a weakness. To me, those strengths were what led to progress and getting ... Read more
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