Startups

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

Heather Gillette: Finding Inspiration and the Early Stages of a Startup

By Justin Reyes For years, Heather Gillette  worked at YouTube where she founded and headed up several operational departments.  A couple of years ago, she left YouTube to build her own startup, nousDecor. nousDecor is the first ever comprehensive online destination for community-curated home décor ideas, resources and expert interior design guidance. Heather grew frustrated after bouncing around from website to website looking for a similar chandelier to match the one hanging in her home. She noticed that there was not one central ... 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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