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Sharing experience and knowledge is my real passion.
What I love the most is to share a point of view, not specifically in a top-down manner, but more about what works and what doesn’t, and about always being willing to learn from other people’s experiences.
Every piece of content you’ll find here has been created based on a real situation.

Can a trainee handle my startup’s development?

I’ve heard it more than once: I don’t have much money for development. Could I get an intern to develop my solution for me? I’ll be honest. Those are indeed treacherous waters of which non-technical founders have to be especially careful. If you haven’t managed developers before, and your candidates haven’t taken part of any projects by themselves, there are just too many things that could go sideways in that relationship. However, it isn’t entirely hopeless. Today I’ll share with you how you can make the most out of internships, minimize risks, and get a good product out of it.

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How to manage your first developer

I’ve seen it happen over and over again: first-time startup founders, without technical co-founders by their side, want to hire a developer on their own. But regardless if they go for freelance, a trainee or a senior developer, the founder ends up being in way over his or her head. They have no idea how to manage a developer, how to communicate their ideas to them, how to keep track of their work, etc.

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Project planning: Startup style

There are thousands of ways to plan a project. This article covers the basic process I suggest for planning a startup project. The techniques here will help you plan for your startup journey, keeping you on-track and focused to achieve your dream company.

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October 2018: Personal retrospective

Another month has just gone by, and I hope you had some great achievements in October. Right now I’m flying back from the Youpreneur Summit London, an amazing event dedicated to personal branding. It’s difficult to describe how helpful this event was, and how smart and caring the people were. My biggest takeaway from the event is, again, to FOCUS on what works and what I like. It reinforced the idea that my coaching program is the best way for me to help people—be it followers, long-term clients, etc. All successful online entrepreneurs do some coaching at some point, and it’s very useful to share our methodologies with each other.

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5 Focus areas for startup innovation

A startup founder’s time is the most valuable thing he or she has, and unfortunately, it is also the most wasted resource in early-stage startups. When you’re striving to provide an innovative product or service, you need to make sure your time in doing so is well spent. So today I bring you five areas on which to focus your efforts when innovating, and the tools to set you on the right path.

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How to systematically integrate innovation into your process

I’ve talked a lot about innovation in the last two posts. Two weeks ago we tackled what innovation really means for your startup, and last week, how you can promote innovation within your company. Today we keep the ball rolling by learning how you can establish a system that consistently sparks ideas and manages these ideas properly for refinement, and later, implementation.

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How to promote innovation within your company

Last week we got into what innovation means for a startup, this week we’re taking a more hands-on approach. We’ll discuss how you can groom your employees to be more innovative by creating a safe space for failure and risk-taking, and how some of the more “traditional ways” of building a company might be getting in the way of the future.

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What does innovation really mean for startups?

I love my job. But in the startup business, there is a tendency of throwing words around without actually backing them up. This is the case with a lot of founders trying to attract investors by claiming to be innovative and groundbreaking, but they don’t seem to know what that is or what it takes to earn that descriptor in this day and age. However, I do. Making startups truly innovative is my bread and butter, so let’s see what innovation really means for a startup.

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September 2018: Personal retrospective

While I slowed down during August, I felt like September was a crazy month. Understanding what worked, systematizing and focusing on the format that serves startups the best, and at the same time allows me to be in my most valuable role, was just great. The news is that I’m done with offering consultations and mentoring outside of incubators and accelerators without a real coaching program. My main focus now is this new coaching program that I’ve divided into two formats: one for early-stage startups, and another for fast-growing startups. (If you’re interested and want to find out more, just go here: https://myctofriend.co/1yearcto-requestacall/.)

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How much should you invest in your startup?

We all know that building a startup is pretty much investing. I would love to say that it’s not all about money, but we all know money plays a huge part of it. That’s why it’s astounding the sheer number of people I’ve encountered that are looking for developers to build first versions, without really knowing how much everything costs. So today I’m going to give you a rough estimate and a little extra information on the cost of financing each stage of your startup.

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How blockchain can make your idea more innovative

Last week I worked with a startup that’s considering using blockchain to provide reliable proof of transaction. A lot of startups are looking into this option, most of them following a marketplace model where people can buy stuff from each other, and they just have to sign up to a website to get connected. But the truth is, although it is useful, blockchain is not necessary to build a marketplace. Even so, a marketplace platform isn’t the only scenario where startups could benefit from the use of this technology. Let’s talk about how using blockchain for your startup can give it the boost it needs.

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What can I sell in an app?

Building a startup is an exciting adventure. It comes with risks, but also with great potential rewards. Stepping into this world can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure what you can and cannot do to make a living out of it. The truth is that the internet has become a huge worldwide marketplace, so those who want to satisfy a need through a digital solution these days prefer building an app. Today we’re tackling what you can sell in an app and under which circumstances.

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How progressive apps are changing the startup game

Startup environments are ever-changing, just like technology. This makes building a tech startup one of—if not the most—exciting business ventures out there. Nevertheless, building a tech startup requires staying on top of things—being informed of every new technology and application. So today I want to focus on progressive apps and how this new way of developing solutions might be a lifesaver for startup founders.

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How using frameworks will increase your developer’s productivity tenfold

There’s a lot of hesitation in startup founders when the subject of frameworks comes up, and it’s mostly fueled by ignorance. A startup founder’s time is valuable, and they have to invest it wisely—which is why today I’m explaining what frameworks are, and how they are totally worth your time. Let’s get ready to boost your development’s productivity, and save tons of time and money.

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