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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.

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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August 2018: Personal retrospective

As I mentioned in my previous retrospective, July was an eye-opening month for me. So, August was the pilot phase of this new working format: an entire year of CTO coaching for a select few startups. Starting my first coaching group in the beginning of August allowed me to fine-tune the format, reviewing the content as well as structuring the worksheet templates to help me and the startups collaborate better.

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8 key components of a great technical specifications

Last week’s post was all about facing the challenge of writing your own startup’s technical specifications, and why the founder is the best person for the job. If you haven’t already, go ahead and read it. Today we are jumping right into what your Technical Specifications should actually contain. Keep in mind that this document will be used to hire developers and designers, so it will be the blueprint for every member on your technical team. Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Why you should write your own technical specifications

I have come across many entrepreneurs and tech startup founders in my career, and I repeatedly encounter the type that wants to forget all about technical specifications—building the roadmap, defining features and choosing technologies—and just focus on his customers from the get go. I want to explain today why writing technical specifications for your own startup is, in fact, putting your best foot forward.

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Can my developer become my CTO?

I recently coached yet another startup, and the founder was wondering if the lead developer could become the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of his company. For a lot of founders, this makes a lot of sense since they’ve already built a business relationship with this person and know that they work well together. However, a great developer will not necessarily become a great CTO. To determine if your employee or co-founder can handle the new responsibilities, evaluate them on these four skills.

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How to make sure your developer charges you the right price

I come across this question quite often, but it came up most recently when working with one particular startup founder. He started by sharing his very promising idea with one developer, the one who created the first version of his app. As his business took off, he began to work with several developers. And that’s where he noticed the discrepancies between the timelines and prices they each offered. This is not rare, so today we’re going to break down how to make sure you are charged a fair price by your developer.

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July 2018: Personal retrospective

I was wrong. I was wrong when I gave startup clients the freedom to call me anytime they needed me. I was wrong when I thought people would consider learning technical management without knowing what was waiting for them around the corner. I was wrong… because startup founders never saw the problems coming.

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Testing your app during development

I was working with a startup that was just a few weeks away from their launch, and I noticed they were a bit confused regarding where they should release the app. This is not uncommon—test environments for demo applications is a confusing topic, especially for people who don’t deal with software development on a daily basis. So, I’ve decided to dedicate a full article to explaining everything a startup founder needs to know about test environments.

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My own techniques for knowledge management

Startups are a unique and delicate type of business. Startup founders need to go through a minefield just to get to the growth stage, which in turn comes with its own challenges. One of the most common ones, caused by the constant flux of employees and need for new helping hands, is knowledge management. We need to do our best to avoid losing knowledge, we simply can’t afford it. So, today I’m sharing with you my own techniques for knowledge management.

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4 Guidelines to nurture your team from afar

Everybody wants to be happy. Developers are not the exception. And as an employer, it should also be your priority to keep your employees and freelancers satisfied. Happy people make the most efficient and creative workers; and those who are best at what they do earn the luxury of taking risks for the sake of their own happiness. That’s the real power of remote management as a startup: getting A+ people from all over the world, the best in their fields, willing to build your dream with you. So, what can you offer in exchange? That’s what we’re learning today.

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5 Tips to effectively manage a startup team remotely

To be honest, it has been a while since I’ve seen startups being built truly remotely. Most of those that try, definitely lose some efficiency in the process. You see, when the developer is working in the same office you are, you could literally look over his shoulder every step of the way, if you wanted to. Managing a startup remotely takes that control away from you, and you’re left without the advantage of regular-office dynamics and hierarchy. It can be quite intimidating if you don’t know exactly how to handle it. But luckily for you, that’s exactly what I’m going to cover today.

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Building a startup with AI

Building a startup can be challenging, but wanting to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) to that endeavor makes it a daunting experience. Especially at the beginning—since startups usually lack in-house developers and the capital necessary to tackle such complicated projects. But not to worry, today we’re breaking down how to integrate and build AI as a startup.

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Mid-year retrospective: The challenges of putting clients’ interest before my own

It’s not always easy to build a business when you’re willing to do everything for the good of your clients. Everything I do—video course production, speaking and recorded one-on-one consulting sessions—are dramatically improving the value I give to startups. And while it allows me to work with much more clients throughout this transition, it has also made it more challenging for me to get enough clients to reach my financial goals.

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