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At AgilityFeat we are more than just designers and coders. We are also thought leaders. Our team has spoken at numerous conferences around the US, Europe, and Latin America. We are leading the way when it comes to applying agile methodologies to nearshore software development in Latin America. Our blog is where we share those lessons with you, as well as news about what our team is up to.

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Building your Lean MVP with AgilityFeat

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One of our most fun projects in 2014 was working with lean startup entrepreneur Steph Hay. Steph came to us with a number of project ideas, and through brainstorming sessions we all agreed to tackle a “baseball cards for CrossFitters” ...

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Building your Lean MVP with AgilityFeat

One of our most fun projects in 2014 was working with lean startup entrepreneur Steph Hay. Steph came to us with a number of project ideas, and through brainstorming sessions we all agreed to tackle a “baseball cards for CrossFitters” site called Tougher.me. Not only was the project fun, but if you ever have the […]

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5 questions to ask before picking a startup idea

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Most entrepreneurs know they want to become an entrepreneur before they actually have a specific business idea. They have an inner desire to create, to build a product or a business out of nothing, to control their own destiny, to shape their own ...

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5 questions to ask before picking a startup idea

Most entrepreneurs know they want to become an entrepreneur before they actually have a specific business idea. They have an inner desire to create, to build a product or a business out of nothing, to control their own destiny, to shape their own future or perhaps a grander vision to shape the future of the […]

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Do you really have the time for a startup?

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It’s not enough to have a good business idea, you must have the time to execute on that idea. Which makes this story from Wired magazine even more impressive. Dutch programmer and designer Pieter Levels is on a quest to build a new startup every m...

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Do you really have the time for a startup?

It’s not enough to have a good business idea, you must have the time to execute on that idea. Which makes this story from Wired magazine even more impressive. Dutch programmer and designer Pieter Levels is on a quest to build a new startup every month for a year. It’s more than talk, because he’s […]

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The 3 phases of MVP development

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The other day I was speaking with a potential development customer when I realized two things: 1) He doesn’t need us … yet. 2) He can’t afford us … yet. “Yet” is a key addendum to both realizations. He has some interesting ideas, and a pretty well...

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The 3 phases of MVP development

The other day I was speaking with a potential development customer when I realized two things: 1) He doesn’t need us … yet. 2) He can’t afford us … yet. “Yet” is a key addendum to both realizations. He has some interesting ideas, and a pretty well thought out MVP (Minimum Viable Product) scope definition. […]

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Tips for CIOs Working with Startups

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This week, CIO.com published an article by Jonathan Hassell called “What CIOs Need to Know Before Relying on Startups“. The article lays out the list of pros of working with startups: disruptive technology and extreme flexibility to wo...

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Tips for CIOs Working with Startups

This week, CIO.com published an article by Jonathan Hassell called “What CIOs Need to Know Before Relying on Startups“. The article lays out the list of pros of working with startups: disruptive technology and extreme flexibility to work with you. Additionally, startups usually have a focus around solving a single problem which can translate to […]

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Inside the creation of the Tougher.Me MVP

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For the past two months I’ve had the pleasure of working with incredible Steph Hay on the development of her application, Tougher.Me. Tougher.Me is Steph’s first web product and we asked her to share some of her experiences talking to ...

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Inside the creation of the Tougher.Me MVP

For the past two months I’ve had the pleasure of working with incredible Steph Hay on the development of her application, Tougher.Me. Tougher.Me is Steph’s first web product and we asked her to share some of her experiences talking to customers and creating Tougher.me. Here’s what she had to say; What is Tougher.me? Strength and […]

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Top Posts from 2013

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2014 is only 9 days old and before we get too far into the new year, we wanted to take a look back at our top posts from 2013. We covered a great deal of ground last year on our blog, including our experiences developing products via distributed a...

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Top Posts from 2013

2014 is only 9 days old and before we get too far into the new year, we wanted to take a look back at our top posts from 2013. We covered a great deal of ground last year on our blog, including our experiences developing products via distributed agile, Ruby on Rails, our perspectives on […]

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4 Steps to Take Before Talking to a Development...

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Entrepreneurs are everywhere. The development of the internet has made creating and selling a product or service more accessible to more people than ever before. New technologies are dropping development costs while marketing and distribution cost...

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4 Steps to Take Before Talking to a Development Partner

Entrepreneurs are everywhere. The development of the internet has made creating and selling a product or service more accessible to more people than ever before. New technologies are dropping development costs while marketing and distribution costs are also decreasing. While some record executives might tell you that this is a bad thing, the rest of […]

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Four Books for Every Entreprenuer’s Holiday List

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Tis the season to deck the halls, drink egg nog and spend some time under the mistletoe. And while Santa is busy making his lists and checking them twice, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books for entrepreneurs that might be good add...

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Four Books for Every Entreprenuer’s Holiday List

Tis the season to deck the halls, drink egg nog and spend some time under the mistletoe. And while Santa is busy making his lists and checking them twice, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books for entrepreneurs that might be good additions to your holiday wish list. Ho ho here goes; 1. […]

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3 Things I hope you ask me at the Lean Startup ...

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I’m very excited next week to return to the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. Last year I was an Ignite speaker at the conference, and as I have said to many others since then, it was the best conference I’ve been to as both an...

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3 Things I hope you ask me at the Lean Startup Conference

I’m very excited next week to return to the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. Last year I was an Ignite speaker at the conference, and as I have said to many others since then, it was the best conference I’ve been to as both an attendee and a speaker. This year I have the […]

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Luxr launches video workshop series for entrepr...

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Luxr.co has produced a new “direct line to awesome” for entrepreneurs to learn, be inspired, and grow their startups. Back in May I blogged about their upcoming services, and now it’s live! I had a chance recently to try these new workshops from L...

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Luxr launches video workshop series for entrepreneurs

Luxr.co has produced a new “direct line to awesome” for entrepreneurs to learn, be inspired, and grow their startups. Back in May I blogged about their upcoming services, and now it’s live! I had a chance recently to try these new workshops from Luxr and I was really pleased with just how relevant the materials […]

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Tips for Successful Distributed Teams

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Last week I was working with an entrepreneur friend, who is building his product with a distributed team. His group includes people on both coasts of the United States as well as a two person team in western Europe. Throughout the course of our di...

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Tips for Successful Distributed Teams

Last week I was working with an entrepreneur friend, who is building his product with a distributed team. His group includes people on both coasts of the United States as well as a two person team in western Europe. Throughout the course of our discussion it became clear that many of the challenges he is […]

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How GuideStar created an 850 person Lean Startu...

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Customer development interviews, focus groups, beta testing … they are all great ways to learn what your customers want before you actually build it. They are often based on small groups of people simply because it’s hard to interview hundreds of ...

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How GuideStar created an 850 person Lean Startup advisory panel

Customer development interviews, focus groups, beta testing … they are all great ways to learn what your customers want before you actually build it. They are often based on small groups of people simply because it’s hard to interview hundreds of people in a short time. What extra benefits could you get if you could […]

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AgilityFeat at Lean Startup Conference

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We’re excited to announce that our resident rockstar, Arin will be make a repeat appearance at the Lean Startup Conference. He’s been asked to return to the conference, this time as mentor following his electrifying “Just Deploy ...

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AgilityFeat at Lean Startup Conference

We’re excited to announce that our resident rockstar, Arin will be make a repeat appearance at the Lean Startup Conference. He’s been asked to return to the conference, this time as mentor following his electrifying “Just Deploy It!” speech at the 2012 Lean Startup Conference. Tickets for the event are still available here.    

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Agile Innovation: The Art of Ideas

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Last night I had the pleasure of attending Boston’s Lean Startup Circle, titled “Sprinting Towards Innovation”. Lead by C. Todd Lombardo the Principal Innovation Catalyst at Constant Contact, the evening was a very hands-on event...

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Agile Innovation: The Art of Ideas

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Boston’s Lean Startup Circle, titled “Sprinting Towards Innovation”. Lead by C. Todd Lombardo the Principal Innovation Catalyst at Constant Contact, the evening was a very hands-on event that focused on a process for innovation. This particular process, typically held over a 5-7 period was condensed into just […]

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Agile Thinking Outside of Development Organizat...

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Agile methodologies in software development have been around for a long time.  The Agile Manifesto was written almost 13 years ago in fact. Initially a hit with developers who were struggling to find a better way to build software, Agile thinking ...

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Agile Thinking Outside of Development Organizations

Agile methodologies in software development have been around for a long time.  The Agile Manifesto was written almost 13 years ago in fact. Initially a hit with developers who were struggling to find a better way to build software, Agile thinking has been adopted across organizations in a variety of ways as technology managers shared […]

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AgilityFeat speaks on Real Time Messaging at Mo...

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I’m excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s own David Alfaro and Arin Sime will be speaking at MoDevEast in December in McLean, Virginia. MoDevEast is the premier East Coast mobile event spanning consumer and enterprise markets across a...

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AgilityFeat speaks on Real Time Messaging at Mo-Dev East

I’m excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s own David Alfaro and Arin Sime will be speaking at MoDevEast in December in McLean, Virginia. MoDevEast is the premier East Coast mobile event spanning consumer and enterprise markets across all platforms and disciplines. David and Arin will present “Pushing Real Time Info to Your Users” on Friday, December […]

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4 Outsourcing Tips I Learned from the Lean Star...

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Last weekend I attended Lean Startup Machine in Boston. It was a learning-packed 72 hours and I think all entrepreneurs should attend one. In addition to the hands-on exercises applying Lean Startup Methodologies, it was a great way to meet other ...

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4 Outsourcing Tips I Learned from the Lean Start-up Machine

Last weekend I attended Lean Startup Machine in Boston. It was a learning-packed 72 hours and I think all entrepreneurs should attend one. In addition to the hands-on exercises applying Lean Startup Methodologies, it was a great way to meet other entrepreneurs and be energized by their passion for solving problems. The experience put my […]

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How to make your web business idea a reality (f...

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At AgilityFeat, we spend lots of time speaking with entrepreneurs about their ideas. As our tagline says, “it’s in our DNA”. We’re a company that is often approached by entrepreneurs, filled with passion but stuck on the steps to take to turn thei...

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How to make your web business idea a reality (for non-technical Entrepreneurs)

At AgilityFeat, we spend lots of time speaking with entrepreneurs about their ideas. As our tagline says, “it’s in our DNA”. We’re a company that is often approached by entrepreneurs, filled with passion but stuck on the steps to take to turn their idea into a technical reality. While many companies (AgilityFeat included) will help […]

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Lean Startup Advice for Entrepreneurs

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Eric Ries recently posted an article on LinkedIn called  “Five Ways You May Be Failing Your Company (Or Making It Fail Itself)”. The takeaways were culled in-part from last year’s Lean Startup Conference. The article offers succinct, actionable ad...

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Lean Startup Advice for Entrepreneurs

Eric Ries recently posted an article on LinkedIn called  “Five Ways You May Be Failing Your Company (Or Making It Fail Itself)”. The takeaways were culled in-part from last year’s Lean Startup Conference. The article offers succinct, actionable advice for entrepreneurs as well as businesses of all sizes. The article also includes an exceptional video […]

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Announcing Product Consultations

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One of the most fun things that I get to do is to speak with entrepreneurs about their business ideas. Most of the time, they are contacting me to find out how much it will cost to build their idea (or re-build their product). As one might expect,...

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Announcing Product Consultations

One of the most fun things that I get to do is to speak with entrepreneurs about their business ideas. Most of the time, they are contacting me to find out how much it will cost to build their idea (or re-build their product). As one might expect, entrepreneurs (especially non-technical ones) want this budget […]

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2 takeaways for Founders from @PaulSingh at @Te...

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There were some things that Paul Singh said last week that I can blog about. There were also a lot of jokes he made and insider advice that he gave which was quickly qualified with a “Don’t tweet this please or I will kill you.” ...

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2 takeaways for Founders from @PaulSingh at @TechCocktail

There were some things that Paul Singh said last week that I can blog about. There were also a lot of jokes he made and insider advice that he gave which was quickly qualified with a “Don’t tweet this please or I will kill you.” "<tweet redacted>" @paulsingh at @TechCocktail — Arin Sime (@ArinSime) August […]

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3 UX Red Flags (Video Interview)

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How do you know when you have a User Experience problem with your web application? I sat down with our UX lead Mariana Lopez and asked her to talk about some common Red Flags to watch out for. You can see the video of our skype chat or read the tr...

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3 UX Red Flags (Video Interview)

How do you know when you have a User Experience problem with your web application? I sat down with our UX lead Mariana Lopez and asked her to talk about some common Red Flags to watch out for. You can see the video of our skype chat or read the transcript below. What sort of […]

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Why Continuous Deployment is important for you

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Last week I went to the Lean Start-up Meetup in Boston where Florian Motlik of Codeship lead a discussion with Amos Benninga from GrabCad, Dan Rowe from ETSY and Ken Eimer from InsightSquared on Continuous Deployment. The presentation was excellen...

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Why Continuous Deployment is important for you

Last week I went to the Lean Start-up Meetup in Boston where Florian Motlik of Codeship lead a discussion with Amos Benninga from GrabCad, Dan Rowe from ETSY and Ken Eimer from InsightSquared on Continuous Deployment. The presentation was excellent, a great mix of best practices and practical application. Their comments rang true with our experiences [...]

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My Chores App

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As our tagline for AgilityFeat says, we are entrepreneurs, it’s in our dna. And for some of us, some of that DNA is shared. Andrea and Daniel Phillips are the sibling founders of the My Chores App. The are also AgilityFeat team members so we sat d...

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My Chores App

As our tagline for AgilityFeat says, we are entrepreneurs, it’s in our dna. And for some of us, some of that DNA is shared. Andrea and Daniel Phillips are the sibling founders of the My Chores App. The are also AgilityFeat team members so we sat down to talk with them to learn about their [...]

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Kenny Rogers and Customer Development

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You got to know when to hold em.. We’re believers in Lean Startup here at AgilityFeat. In addition to our boutique UX/ Design and Software Development Services, we’re working on a few business ideas to scratch our collective entrepreneurial itches...

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Kenny Rogers and Customer Development

You got to know when to hold em.. We’re believers in Lean Startup here at AgilityFeat. In addition to our boutique UX/ Design and Software Development Services, we’re working on a few business ideas to scratch our collective entrepreneurial itches. One of those business ideas was called 5th Caller (RIP) and last week, we decided [...]

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Luxr to offer entrepreneurial training online

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Luxr.co has been providing great content for accelerators on Lean Startup methods for a while, and now they are launching an monthly subscription model that we can all use to access their content. This looks like a very exciting offering with inpu...

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Luxr to offer entrepreneurial training online

Luxr.co has been providing great content for accelerators on Lean Startup methods for a while, and now they are launching an monthly subscription model that we can all use to access their content. This looks like a very exciting offering with input from several friends of AgilityFeat such as Sam McAfee and Patrick Vlaskovits. Here’s [...]

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Simple business lessons from Cinco de Mayo, min...

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Simple business lessons from Cinco de Mayo, mint juleps and chinese food Eric Ries defines a startup as “a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty”. Here at AgilityFeat, we experience ...

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Simple business lessons from Cinco de Mayo, mint juleps and chinese food

Simple business lessons from Cinco de Mayo, mint juleps and chinese food Eric Ries defines a startup as “a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty”. Here at AgilityFeat, we experience this definition every day. In addition to delivering a new service (in our case, a world [...]

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Lean Start-up, now what?

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Back in November we sat down with Tony Cappeart, COO and Co-Founder at Contactually to talk about how they are applying Lean Startup methodologies to build their business. We talked about how Lean Startup had guided their product design, market se...

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Lean Start-up, now what?

Back in November we sat down with Tony Cappeart, COO and Co-Founder at Contactually to talk about how they are applying Lean Startup methodologies to build their business. We talked about how Lean Startup had guided their product design, market segmenting and customer development. Contactually just announced the launch of version 2.0 of the product [...]

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Free agile/startup advice using soHelpful.me

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Do you have a question about agile, scrum, kanban, lean startups, or maybe just how the heck did I start a business in Costa Rica?  I’m making myself available for some free consulting advice this week and next, and I’d be happy to give you some t...

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Free agile/startup advice using soHelpful.me

Do you have a question about agile, scrum, kanban, lean startups, or maybe just how the heck did I start a business in Costa Rica?  I’m making myself available for some free consulting advice this week and next, and I’d be happy to give you some time for whatever questions you have.  No strings attached, [...]

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Google Glass Hackathon at San José, Costa Rica

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Last week Google Glass Mirror API was released causing huge waves of blog posts and opinions about the much anticipated Google Glass hardware. Google Glass has a huge potential. Nobody still knows if it would bring the revolution it promises, but ...

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Google Glass Hackathon at San José, Costa Rica

Last week Google Glass Mirror API was released causing huge waves of blog posts and opinions about the much anticipated Google Glass hardware. Google Glass has a huge potential. Nobody still knows if it would bring the revolution it promises, but there are good signs about this possible success. One of that signs are the [...]

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Building a portfolio of Lean Startups

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For those watching technology trends, it’s no surprise that people are talking about startups and their role in the new economy.  Regardless of whether you believe startups help or hurt the economy, there’s little argument that the future of the t...

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Building a portfolio of Lean Startups

For those watching technology trends, it’s no surprise that people are talking about startups and their role in the new economy.  Regardless of whether you believe startups help or hurt the economy, there’s little argument that the future of the tech community will have even more freelancing, virtual companies, and “lean startups” than we see [...]

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Three things I learned on a work-cation..

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Last weekend, I traveled to San José, Costa Rica to meet with the Agility Feat team. As usual, the trip to Costa Rica was absolutely amazing even though there were no beaches nor rain forests on the itinerary. This time, we used the weekend to sep...

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Three things I learned on a work-cation..

Last weekend, I traveled to San José, Costa Rica to meet with the Agility Feat team. As usual, the trip to Costa Rica was absolutely amazing even though there were no beaches nor rain forests on the itinerary. This time, we used the weekend to separate from our day to day responsibilities, mixing planning with [...]

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7 tips for Services Startups

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Early in 2013, I was sitting on a beach in Costa Rica with the AgilityFeat team. Also with me was an author and visionary we hired to come work with our team for a couple days. That visionary was Patrick Vlaskovits, co-author of “The Lean Entrepre...

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7 tips for Services Startups

Early in 2013, I was sitting on a beach in Costa Rica with the AgilityFeat team. Also with me was an author and visionary we hired to come work with our team for a couple days. That visionary was Patrick Vlaskovits, co-author of “The Lean Entrepreneur.”** As the Sun set over the Pacific, and we [...]

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4 ways Perfection is killing you

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Whether you are a bleeding edge startup or a large corporation running agile teams, here are four ways that you may be abusing agile concepts and letting perfection kill your chances of success. Product Owner Perfection In an agile team, the Produ...

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4 ways Perfection is killing you

Whether you are a bleeding edge startup or a large corporation running agile teams, here are four ways that you may be abusing agile concepts and letting perfection kill your chances of success. Product Owner Perfection In an agile team, the Product Owner (PO) is the “voice of the customer” to the development team.  They [...]

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Jan 28: News from the Startup Front

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In our first “news from the startup front” of 2013, our code commandos have a lot of great stories to share with you – and more coming! We’ve done interviews with 3 great lean startups (Twilio, LaunchBit, and Change.org), so please join us while w...

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Jan 28: News from the Startup Front

In our first “news from the startup front” of 2013, our code commandos have a lot of great stories to share with you – and more coming! We’ve done interviews with 3 great lean startups (Twilio, LaunchBit, and Change.org), so please join us while we learn from their experiences in these blog posts. We’ve also [...]

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A #LeanStartup interview with LaunchBit’s Eliza...

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AgilityFeat recently held a great event in Costa Rica called DareToBeLean, where we invited entrepreneurs to join us on the beach for workshops on lean startups and agility. As we were planning that event in the fall of 2012, I looked at a number ...

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A #LeanStartup interview with LaunchBit’s Elizabeth Yin

AgilityFeat recently held a great event in Costa Rica called DareToBeLean, where we invited entrepreneurs to join us on the beach for workshops on lean startups and agility. As we were planning that event in the fall of 2012, I looked at a number of ways to advertise the event. One looked particularly appealing to [...]

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Lean Sales and Marketing tips from 6 DC Lean St...

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My background is technical, not in sales. But as a lean entrepreneur, I have to wear my sales and marketing hat more than I wear my programmer hat these days. So I was excited when I could make it to this month’s DC Lean Startup Circle. The topic ...

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Lean Sales and Marketing tips from 6 DC Lean Startups

My background is technical, not in sales. But as a lean entrepreneur, I have to wear my sales and marketing hat more than I wear my programmer hat these days. So I was excited when I could make it to this month’s DC Lean Startup Circle. The topic was Lean Sales and Marketing, and as [...]

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Lean Entrepreneurs, Surfing, and Costa Rica

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“Wave coming, wave coming … paddle! paddle! paddle! Now stand up! Stand up! GET UP!” I can still hear the voice of my surf instructor, and those lessons provide a great parallel to the growth of my company and yours. Surfing and Startups in Costa ...

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Lean Entrepreneurs, Surfing, and Costa Rica

“Wave coming, wave coming … paddle! paddle! paddle! Now stand up! Stand up! GET UP!” I can still hear the voice of my surf instructor, and those lessons provide a great parallel to the growth of my company and yours. Surfing and Startups in Costa Rica Last week I spent an amazing week with the [...]

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How Change.org fit Agile Engineering in with Le...

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How do you convince engineers that it’s okay to build quick experiments, and deploy code that you will probably throw away? How do you convince rigorous engineers that it’s actually more efficient to work in a lean startup style? That is a topic t...

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How Change.org fit Agile Engineering in with Lean Startups

How do you convince engineers that it’s okay to build quick experiments, and deploy code that you will probably throw away? How do you convince rigorous engineers that it’s actually more efficient to work in a lean startup style? That is a topic that Sam McAfee from Change.org addressed during a panel at the LeanStartupConference [...]

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Video of “Just Deploy It!” from #LeanStartup Co...

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The Ignite talks at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December were a lot of fun, both as an attendee and as a speaker.  Below is the video of my talk on “Just Deploy It!”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEsk8Nfwfck In my talk, I foc...

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Video of “Just Deploy It!” from #LeanStartup Conference

The Ignite talks at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December were a lot of fun, both as an attendee and as a speaker.  Below is the video of my talk on “Just Deploy It!”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEsk8Nfwfck In my talk, I focused on 5 anti-patterns that I see regularly in companies who are not [...]

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A #leanstartup and #agile tour of @Twilio

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Who’s ever heard of a telecom lean startup? That’s sort of what Twilio is, and it’s a pretty cool company and interesting case study. When I attended the LeanStartup.co conference in San Francisco recently, one of the parts I was most excited abou...

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A #leanstartup and #agile tour of @Twilio

Who’s ever heard of a telecom lean startup? That’s sort of what Twilio is, and it’s a pretty cool company and interesting case study. When I attended the LeanStartup.co conference in San Francisco recently, one of the parts I was most excited about was the tour of area companies. The first tour that I did [...]

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Dec 18: News from the Startup Front

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Wow, this year has flown by! In our final “news from the startup front” of 2012, our code commandos have been thinking a lot lately about Lean Startups, nearshoring, and our upcoming workshop in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.  There’s lots of good stuff c...

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Dec 18: News from the Startup Front

Wow, this year has flown by! In our final “news from the startup front” of 2012, our code commandos have been thinking a lot lately about Lean Startups, nearshoring, and our upcoming workshop in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.  There’s lots of good stuff coming up here, so read on! Patrick Vlaskovits joins AgilityFeat for a Customer [...]

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A few links from the #LeanStartup Conference

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The LeanStartup.co conference was great, and internally at AgilityFeat we are still incorporating some of the lessons that our team learned by participating in the conference. As a bookmark to myself, and perhaps useful to you too, I’m listing bel...

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A few links from the #LeanStartup Conference

The LeanStartup.co conference was great, and internally at AgilityFeat we are still incorporating some of the lessons that our team learned by participating in the conference. As a bookmark to myself, and perhaps useful to you too, I’m listing below some of the links that I made note of during the conference. This is an [...]

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6 Lessons from #LeanStartup Conference

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What’s the best conference that you’ve ever been to? For me, the 2012 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco is definitely the best one that I’ve been to so far. It was my favorite as a speaker, where I did a short Ignite talk on deploying softw...

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6 Lessons from #LeanStartup Conference

What’s the best conference that you’ve ever been to? For me, the 2012 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco is definitely the best one that I’ve been to so far. It was my favorite as a speaker, where I did a short Ignite talk on deploying software more frequently. But it was also my favorite [...]

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Things I learned in the morning at The Lean Sta...

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Yesterday, I went to The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. It was a full day of incredible presentations, fireside chats (without the fires), sharing of lessons learned and of course networking. This was my first Lean Startup conference an...

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Things I learned in the morning at The Lean Startup Conference (part 1)

Yesterday, I went to The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. It was a full day of incredible presentations, fireside chats (without the fires), sharing of lessons learned and of course networking. This was my first Lean Startup conference and I was blown away by the diversity of ways Lean thinking is impacting the world [...]

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Slides for “Just Deploy It!” from Lean Startup ...

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Here are the slides that I used last night at the Lean Startup Conference‘s Ignite talks.  I am indebted to Eric Ries and Sarah Milstein of The Lean Startup Conference for giving me the opportunity to present.  I have spoken at a good number of co...

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Slides for “Just Deploy It!” from Lean Startup Conference

Here are the slides that I used last night at the Lean Startup Conference‘s Ignite talks.  I am indebted to Eric Ries and Sarah Milstein of The Lean Startup Conference for giving me the opportunity to present.  I have spoken at a good number of conferences before and given a lot of talks, most of [...]

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2 Pivots and 3 Lessons at Lean Startup Machine ...

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A little background on LSM events David Alfaro and I have had a great weekend here at Lean Startup Machine San Francisco, as part of our LeanStartupConf tour of the area. For those not aware, LSM events start on Friday night, teams form around bus...

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2 Pivots and 3 Lessons at Lean Startup Machine San Francisco

A little background on LSM events David Alfaro and I have had a great weekend here at Lean Startup Machine San Francisco, as part of our LeanStartupConf tour of the area. For those not aware, LSM events start on Friday night, teams form around business ideas, and over the course of the weekend you use [...]

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Immersing in Silicon Valley at SiliconHouse.us

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How to get connected in Silicon Valley The startup world is definitely about “who you know.” But more importantly, it’s also about who you network with, who inspires you, and who you can help inspire or mentor. Since all of this is based on person...

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Immersing in Silicon Valley at SiliconHouse.us

How to get connected in Silicon Valley The startup world is definitely about “who you know.” But more importantly, it’s also about who you network with, who inspires you, and who you can help inspire or mentor. Since all of this is based on personal connections, how can you get connected into this world, especially [...]

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For entrepreneurs, the world has to be vertical...

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From Flat to Vertical The world is increasingly vertical for entrepreneurs. For well over a decade, companies in North America and elsewhere have been outsourcing parts of their software development around the world in search of the cost efficienc...

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For entrepreneurs, the world has to be vertical #GEW

From Flat to Vertical The world is increasingly vertical for entrepreneurs. For well over a decade, companies in North America and elsewhere have been outsourcing parts of their software development around the world in search of the cost efficiencies that will allow them to stay competitive in tough economies and very competitive marketplaces. For big [...]

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@PV webinar video on Customer Development

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Yesterday the AgilityFeat team hosted a webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits, co-author of The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development and the upcoming “The Lean Entrepreneur”. Patrick will be leading a workshop on customer development at AgilityFe...

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@PV webinar video on Customer Development

Yesterday the AgilityFeat team hosted a webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits, co-author of The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development and the upcoming “The Lean Entrepreneur”. Patrick will be leading a workshop on customer development at AgilityFeat’s upcoming DareToBeLean workshop in Costa Rica (come join us!). After we gave an introduction to DareToBeLean, Patrick shared some insights [...]

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Nov 7: News from the Startup Front

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In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: Ford Englander joins AgilityFeat as VP of Business Development Join us for an small group chat with Patrick Vlaskovits, author o...

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Nov 7: News from the Startup Front

In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: Ford Englander joins AgilityFeat as VP of Business Development Join us for an small group chat with Patrick Vlaskovits, author of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development! How Contactually is applying Lean Startup Methodologies to [...]

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How Contactually is applying Lean Startup Metho...

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AgilityFeat had an opportunity to meet Tony Cappaert, co-founder of Contactually, at AgileDC a few weeks ago. After hearing Tony tell the Contactually story, we wanted to learn more and asked Tony to share his insights into how Contactually is app...

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How Contactually is applying Lean Startup Methodologies to make you more effective, an Interview with Tony Cappaert

AgilityFeat had an opportunity to meet Tony Cappaert, co-founder of Contactually, at AgileDC a few weeks ago. After hearing Tony tell the Contactually story, we wanted to learn more and asked Tony to share his insights into how Contactually is applying Lean Startup practices. Tony agreed and the notes from our conversation are listed below. [...]

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DareToBeLean Webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits on...

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Want to get a sneak peak at what to expect at the DareToBeLean conference? Well, here’s your chance! On November 15th at 12:30 EST, AgilityFeat will present a “fireside chat”, interwebs-style with Patrick Vlaskovits. You already know Patrick from ...

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DareToBeLean Webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits on Nov 15th!

Want to get a sneak peak at what to expect at the DareToBeLean conference? Well, here’s your chance! On November 15th at 12:30 EST, AgilityFeat will present a “fireside chat”, interwebs-style with Patrick Vlaskovits. You already know Patrick from his book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development. He’s written a new book called The Lean [...]

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Oct 26: News from the Startup Front

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In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: DareToBeLean Super Early Bird pricing ends October 31st! Join Patrick Vlaskovits for a free Customer Development webinar Nov 15t...

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Oct 26: News from the Startup Front

In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: DareToBeLean Super Early Bird pricing ends October 31st! Join Patrick Vlaskovits for a free Customer Development webinar Nov 15th Lederhosen and Lean Startups AgilityFeat presenting “Just Deploy It” at Ignite Lean Startup Conf in San [...]

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Lederhosen and #LeanStartups

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How are lederhosen, lean startups, and customer discovery related?  Let me tell you about my weekend in Boston, and I promise there is a connection. Startup Weekends and Lean Startup Machines Recently I was scheduled to be a Lean Startup Machine (...

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Lederhosen and #LeanStartups

How are lederhosen, lean startups, and customer discovery related?  Let me tell you about my weekend in Boston, and I promise there is a connection. Startup Weekends and Lean Startup Machines Recently I was scheduled to be a Lean Startup Machine (LSM) in Cambridge Massachusetts (Oct 12-14 2012).  It was my second failed attempt to [...]

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Registration for DareToBeLean is open!

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January 9th – 11th, 2013 will be the dates that you learn how to make your startup dreams a reality. DareToBeLean is going to be a great 3 day workshop, on the beach in Tamarindo Costa Rica, that covers everything you need to know to refine your s...

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Registration for DareToBeLean is open!

January 9th – 11th, 2013 will be the dates that you learn how to make your startup dreams a reality. DareToBeLean is going to be a great 3 day workshop, on the beach in Tamarindo Costa Rica, that covers everything you need to know to refine your startup idea and build the web or mobile [...]

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AgilityFeat Presenting “Just Deploy It” at Igni...

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I’m very pleased to say that I will be presenting an Ignite talk at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December.  I will talk about some anti-patterns that I see in software development for startups.  In short, my advice is to “Just D...

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AgilityFeat Presenting “Just Deploy It” at Ignite Lean Startup Conference

I’m very pleased to say that I will be presenting an Ignite talk at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December.  I will talk about some anti-patterns that I see in software development for startups.  In short, my advice is to “Just Deploy It!” and stop holding back so much.  Whether it’s a [...]

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Oct 10: News from the Startup Front

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In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: Patrick Vlaskovits, “The Lean Entrepreneur” to kick-off DareToBeLean AgilityFeat joins C3 working space in Cambridge MA Tour of ...

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Oct 10: News from the Startup Front

In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: Patrick Vlaskovits, “The Lean Entrepreneur” to kick-off DareToBeLean AgilityFeat joins C3 working space in Cambridge MA Tour of AgilityFeat’s Wishlisting.org project 4 more tips to Nearshore Agile Development Betas, Big Bang Theories, and Startups LeanStartup [...]

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AgilityFeat joins C3 in Cambridge

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AgilityFeat is now a proud member of the C3 co-working space in the Cambridge Innovation Center! Home of the Venture Cafe every Thursday, and over 400 start-ups every day, this is a great organization we are now proud to be part of!  Please visit ...

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AgilityFeat joins C3 in Cambridge

AgilityFeat is now a proud member of the C3 co-working space in the Cambridge Innovation Center! Home of the Venture Cafe every Thursday, and over 400 start-ups every day, this is a great organization we are now proud to be part of!  Please visit us next time you are near One Broadway.  We’re right off [...]

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Patrick Vlaskovits, “The Lean Entrepreneur” to ...

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Patrick Vlaskovits to lead Customer Development workshop at D2BL2013 3-day workshop to be held on the beach in Costa Rica Software development firm AgilityFeat is pleased to announce that Patrick Vlaskovits will be leading a full day workshop on c...

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Patrick Vlaskovits, “The Lean Entrepreneur” to kick-off DareToBeLean

Patrick Vlaskovits to lead Customer Development workshop at D2BL2013 3-day workshop to be held on the beach in Costa Rica Software development firm AgilityFeat is pleased to announce that Patrick Vlaskovits will be leading a full day workshop on customer development as part of DareToBeLean. Patrick is co-author of “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development”, […]

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Betas, Big Bang Theories, and #Startups

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My wife and I love the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” And given the name of the show, this clip is particularly funny to me because software betas are discussed in the context of a relationship. Leonard and Penny are flirting with the idea of dati...

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Betas, Big Bang Theories, and #Startups

My wife and I love the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” And given the name of the show, this clip is particularly funny to me because software betas are discussed in the context of a relationship. Leonard and Penny are flirting with the idea of dating again, and in his usual slightly awkward way, [...]

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Sept 26: News from the Startup Front

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In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: Save the date for DareToBeLean Jan 9-11 2013! Resort Survey for DareToBeLean Report from MoDevTablet in Washington DC The emotio...

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Sept 26: News from the Startup Front

In this week’s “news from the startup front”, here’s what our team of code commandos is reading, writing and watching: Save the date for DareToBeLean Jan 9-11 2013! Resort Survey for DareToBeLean Report from MoDevTablet in Washington DC The emotional trough of startups How thinking low-tech can jump start a project Why Too Many Startups [...]

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#LeanStartup Circle #Cville is off to a great s...

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There is clearly a lot of interest in lean startups in Charlottesville! Lean Startup Circle Charlottesville held our first meeting last night and it was a great success, with around 25 people attending.  Our Meetup group is now up to 42+ people, w...

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#LeanStartup Circle #Cville is off to a great start

There is clearly a lot of interest in lean startups in Charlottesville! Lean Startup Circle Charlottesville held our first meeting last night and it was a great success, with around 25 people attending.  Our Meetup group is now up to 42+ people, with basically no marketing of the group. The meeting was held at Hack [...]

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Lean Startup Vocab

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Words to know and live by for a lean Startup Here at Agility Feat we use Lean methods to keep our business responsive and effective. But what does it mean to be Lean? Listed below are some of the core concepts of being Lean that we follow, and how...

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Lean Startup Vocab

Words to know and live by for a lean Startup Here at Agility Feat we use Lean methods to keep our business responsive and effective. But what does it mean to be Lean? Listed below are some of the core concepts of being Lean that we follow, and how it has helped make us better [...]

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