How Startups Can Run Better Landing Page Tests

This article first appeared on Xconomy.com. In today’s fast-changing world, new product teams are constantly pushed to do more faster. They need to run fast to keep up with rapidly changing market conditions. Oftentimes it means making decisions about what to invest in with very little information. How can teams … Read More

Business Strategy Meets the Lean Startup: Staying Aligned with Customers in Strategic Planning

A version of this post first appeared on Techbeacon.com. What is business strategy? Michael Porter presented a succinct definition in his seminal 1996 article in the Harvard Business Review: “The essence of strategy is choosing to perform activities differently than rivals do.” Strategy is how a company wins against the … Read More

Building Obama’s lean startup in America’s biggest bureaucracy

This post originally appeared on Techbeacon.com. What do you do when tasked with making the US government work like a lean startup? “Just start,” advises Hillary Hartley. Or, as we say in startup country: “JFDI.” Hartley is the cofounder and deputy executive director of 18F, a government organization that causes … Read More

Think like a founder before becoming one

This article first appeared on Xconomy.com. February 2014 will go down in history as a month with two huge startup exits: Nest (acquired by Google for a whopping $3.2 billion) and WhatsApp (acquired by Facebook for an even more whopping $19 billion). If you haven’t caught the startup bug, there’s … Read More

10 Signs you aren’t developing a Minimum Viable Product

10. You picked an embedded processor that yielded a firmware footprint headroom of 127% for future expandability. 9. Your firmware person often writes innovative features beyond what’s in the spec to harness some of that excess power in your processor. 8. Your product has a custom adaptor for an interchangeable … Read More