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Lauren Jerome
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Ideate ⇛ Prototype ↣ Test ⇝ Repeat ➰ At any given moment, you have tons of ideas bouncing around your head. Some of them, if executed correctly, could make a difference in the way we work and live. Whether it’s an innovative solution for your community’s waste program or a better material purchasing process for...
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Planning to develop custom software is like planning your perfect home. As I look back on almost fifteen years of helping business leaders develop custom software, I can see how much my thinking has evolved. I used to avoid the “building software is like building a house” analogy because there are places where it breaks...
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A Startup Redding Podcast Ep. 18 with Lauren Jerome and Kirk Wayman Listen on Spotify, iTunes, or straight from the source. Full Audio Transcript Includes minor edits for readability. Kirk Wayman 0:07 This is the Startup Redding podcast created by a group of founders, funders and entrepreneurs who believe you can have a thriving startup...
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Building software effectively requires both skill sets. Thanks to recent trends like the popularity of the open source movement and e-learning, people who never considered themselves innovative are bringing new products to market. These natural problem-solvers tend to start by asking questions like “just out of curiosity, how much would it cost to build something...
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…while you’re still discovering what you need A software program can range from a few lines of code to a few million, but if you’re thinking about hiring a software team you are probably wondering how much it will cost. Even if your business is well established, there’s a good chance you have a budgetary constraint,...
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Before Asking “How Much is this Software Going to Cost?” Part 2 — Business Strategy In a recent post, I outlined the model I use at Mindbox Studios to help innovators embarking on a software journey get a handle on their innovative software needs. Visionary software owners often ask “how much is my software build going...
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Are you sure you know what you need to succeed? When I started working in software 11 years ago, I built the innovative applications my clients said they wanted. I quickly learned that even though they typically knew their industry, they didn’t know what they needed out of their software. It’s not a dig. It’s...
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Tech takes all types, yet it has a well-documented diversity problem. Though successful tactics are starting to emerge, systemic solutions are still very complicated. When it comes to reversing the trend, most organizations don’t know where to start. More HR teams are stepping up to the challenge, but there is still a talent pool to fill,...
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When you’re a startup, your achievements often become your next set of hurdles. Here’s the latest: Your organization is growing, but finding the right people to help you grow brings its own set of challenges. You need good people to help you now. As part of a small team, it’s not uncommon for inexperienced leaders to be thrust into hiring...
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Mindbox has been working with clients since 2006, but only in the last few years has storytelling become central in our day-to-day routine. Of course, storytelling is not new to the software industry. Agile teams have long used user stories to describe software functionality. Here are three reasons why Mindbox decided to take a story-based approach to software. 1. Stories are easy to tell...
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Drinking the startup Kool-Aid Mindbox has been working on a new product concept for a while. After realizing a need we had internally, we are using the same process we take our clients through, iterating and validating with potential customers, and learning through critical feedback. Today, we are excited to announce this product to the world as we enter...
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ProductCamp is an organization that holds “un-conferences” all over the world. This premiere event is for Entrepreneurs, Product Management, Product Marketing and Marketing Professionals as well as Designers, Engineers and Data Scientists who are interested in learning best practices, sharing insights, and networking with top minds in the local product community. In 2014, ProductCamp Cincinnati...
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Collaborative workspaces in the form of incubators, accelerators, and co-ops (to name a few) have found a niche among this country’s more startup-friendly cities.  The logistics make sense: office space is expensive for a small team, and subletting is nothing new, but I just can’t get enough of the resourceful community approach being practiced in many of these workspaces.  Many...
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Designing digital experiences for the everyday internet user is both an art and a science. At Mindbox Studios, we seek guidance from the experts in the ever-evolving best practices for user experience design. Software giants Google, Facebook, and YouTube have the daunting task of designing with the whole world of internet users in mind, using experts on psychology, anthropology,...
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Recently we had the privilege of seeing a growing client of ours, Dan Adams of Earthineer.com, in action at a local fair in Oregon. Nicholle Austed serves as Dan’s project manager at Mindbox Studios when Dan needs to accelerate development work on his acclaimed homesteading platform. Check out earthineer.com to see what we’re building with Dan,...
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