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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.

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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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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