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Rocket crashing into the ground
“Entrepreneur” sure sounds like a fancy-ass word. It comes straight from the City of Light, the Louvre, and cuisine — and few people outside of Paris pronounce it just right. It feels elite to call oneself an entrepreneur, akin to artist, poet, or angel investor. But don’t let the uppity title deceive you, because an...
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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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Designers discuss sketches of a house
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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Team working together on a business plan
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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A Story Plan is your technology blueprint. Strategy :: Research :: Roadmap   Nothing can guarantee success, but there are things a founder can do to launch from a better position. Everyone knows it takes grit, hard work, a good team, and a focused-solid plan among other things to build a great tech company. Business...
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