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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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3 IoT Takeaways from SXSW for Entrepreneurs

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Last week, thousands of techies descended on Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive. As one might expect, the Internet of Things or IoT was a hotter topic than where to get the best barbeque (here’s my recommendation by the way). The interest in...

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3 IoT Takeaways from SXSW for Entrepreneurs

Last week, thousands of techies descended on Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive. As one might expect, the Internet of Things or IoT was a hotter topic than where to get the best barbeque (here’s my recommendation by the way). The interest in the space was palpable as many sessions required sweet-talking and position jockeying just to get into and there […]

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Pickasound- Using WebRTC to Build a Music Colla...

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In early 2014, we were approached by an entrepreneur who wanted to build a new type of music collaboration application. The application would allow musicians to exchange ideas and build songs together via the web without any type of download requi...

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Pickasound- Using WebRTC to Build a Music Collaboration Application

In early 2014, we were approached by an entrepreneur who wanted to build a new type of music collaboration application. The application would allow musicians to exchange ideas and build songs together via the web without any type of download required. We’re excited to announce the private beta and share Pickasound with the world. The application uses […]

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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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Why I’ve moved to Costa Rica

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About three years ago, David Alfaro and I launched on a great adventure together, building AgilityFeat into an international boutique software development firm. I was living in Virginia in the US, and David built up our operations in Costa Rica. N...

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Why I’ve moved to Costa Rica

About three years ago, David Alfaro and I launched on a great adventure together, building AgilityFeat into an international boutique software development firm. I was living in Virginia in the US, and David built up our operations in Costa Rica. Now we also have team members in Boston, Nicaragua, and Honduras, and last week I […]

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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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Thoughts on Finding a Technical Co-Founder

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What do you do when have an idea for a web-based business but don’t know how to get started? Do you need to learn to go unicorn hunting, I mean, go find a technical co-founder? Finding a technical co-founder has become part of the start-up vernacu...

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Thoughts on Finding a Technical Co-Founder

What do you do when have an idea for a web-based business but don’t know how to get started? Do you need to learn to go unicorn hunting, I mean, go find a technical co-founder? Finding a technical co-founder has become part of the start-up vernacular in recent years as events like co-founder dating have […]

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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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Four things Entrepreneurs should do before endi...

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To quote Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The same can be said for running a business. Hours bleed into days, days into weeks, weeks into..well, you g...

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Four things Entrepreneurs should do before ending their week

To quote Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The same can be said for running a business. Hours bleed into days, days into weeks, weeks into..well, you get the picture. Time begins to slip away with commitments like fund raising, […]

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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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Are you waiting for permission?

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Am I really qualified to do this? Moments of doubt like that hit all of us occasionally as entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur must have two basic elements in order to go from “somebody with an idea” to an actual entrepreneur. First, you must have that...

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Are you waiting for permission?

Am I really qualified to do this? Moments of doubt like that hit all of us occasionally as entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur must have two basic elements in order to go from “somebody with an idea” to an actual entrepreneur. First, you must have that idea, preferably one you are passionate about. Second, you must be […]

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Company Culture Hacks

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At last week’s unConference in Boston, presented by the  Mass Technology Leadership Council, I attended a great discussion about Mindfulness and Authentic Leadership at Work. The topic gathered a large and disparate group of participants fro...

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Company Culture Hacks

At last week’s unConference in Boston, presented by the  Mass Technology Leadership Council, I attended a great discussion about Mindfulness and Authentic Leadership at Work. The topic gathered a large and disparate group of participants from all levels of organizations. Within the first 10 minutes of the discussion, it became apparent that many in the […]

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3 ways to make or break your startup pitch

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I’ve spent some time this week at the Tech.co Celebrate event in Las Vegas, NV. Celebrate is an annual startup competition, where hundreds of startups around the US competed at regional pitch competitions to win a chance to attend the nation...

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3 ways to make or break your startup pitch

I’ve spent some time this week at the Tech.co Celebrate event in Las Vegas, NV. Celebrate is an annual startup competition, where hundreds of startups around the US competed at regional pitch competitions to win a chance to attend the national competition here in Las Vegas. Those hundreds of pitches were narrowed down to 24 […]

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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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B2B marketing with top 25 lists

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How can you reach the C-suite of your ideal customer? Public flattery may just be a good tactic to consider in B2B marketing. At the Mid Atlantic Marketing Summit in Baltimore, I met Trevor Lynn, Marketing Manager at Social Tables. He gave a short...

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B2B marketing with top 25 lists

How can you reach the C-suite of your ideal customer? Public flattery may just be a good tactic to consider in B2B marketing. At the Mid Atlantic Marketing Summit in Baltimore, I met Trevor Lynn, Marketing Manager at Social Tables. He gave a short talk that illustrated how they have been able to use “top […]

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Don’t be average – be an entrepreneur

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What do you really want out of life? What is the driving force behind your startup? What really motivates you? Being an entrepreneur is not an easy life, but it can be very emotionally rewarding. Hopefully financially rewarding too. It’s cer...

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Don’t be average – be an entrepreneur

What do you really want out of life? What is the driving force behind your startup? What really motivates you? Being an entrepreneur is not an easy life, but it can be very emotionally rewarding. Hopefully financially rewarding too. It’s certainly not an average life, and if you are making a serious go of it, […]

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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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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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Why Entreprenuers Should Learn to Code

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It may seem odd initially that someone who sells software development to businesses would encourage other entrepreneurs to learn one of the skills that AgilityFeat offers. Why would I want more people to learn to do what we can do for them for a f...

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Why Entreprenuers Should Learn to Code

It may seem odd initially that someone who sells software development to businesses would encourage other entrepreneurs to learn one of the skills that AgilityFeat offers. Why would I want more people to learn to do what we can do for them for a fee? For starters, we’re not really in the software development business, […]

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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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So you want to create a Google Glass application

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If you are like me, you have a sixth sense that tells you that when a new market is about to appear, or a new way to interact with your customers is about to appear, you should be the first one to provide a solution in that new arena. You want to ...

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So you want to create a Google Glass application

If you are like me, you have a sixth sense that tells you that when a new market is about to appear, or a new way to interact with your customers is about to appear, you should be the first one to provide a solution in that new arena. You want to hit first, and [...]

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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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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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Coding Across America

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Last year I blogged about how my friend Matt Makai is starting a 5 month journey to blog and code his way around the US.  I’m excited for Matt that this journey has begun!  You can follow him at CodingAcrossAmerica.com, and on Twitter. Matt starte...

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Coding Across America

Last year I blogged about how my friend Matt Makai is starting a 5 month journey to blog and code his way around the US.  I’m excited for Matt that this journey has begun!  You can follow him at CodingAcrossAmerica.com, and on Twitter. Matt started his journey in Charlottesville Virginia, my hometown.  Matt and I also [...]

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Feb 28: News from the Startup Front

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How’s your year going? Ours has been crazy-busy. That means we haven’t blogged as much as we’d like over the last month, but nonetheless we’ve got some important and hard-learned lessons to share with you. We’ve just gone through a period of inten...

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Feb 28: News from the Startup Front

How’s your year going? Ours has been crazy-busy. That means we haven’t blogged as much as we’d like over the last month, but nonetheless we’ve got some important and hard-learned lessons to share with you. We’ve just gone through a period of intense deadlines and some long weekends at AgilityFeat, but we made it to [...]

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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 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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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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3 things I learned at #WarmGun about #UX

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“Good design is no longer something that sets you apart on the web, it’s the price of admission.” - That’s a paraphrase of a great quote I heard at the WarmGun UX conference in San Francisco. I attended WarmGun as part of my all inclusive pass to ...

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3 things I learned at #WarmGun about #UX

“Good design is no longer something that sets you apart on the web, it’s the price of admission.” - That’s a paraphrase of a great quote I heard at the WarmGun UX conference in San Francisco. I attended WarmGun as part of my all inclusive pass to the LeanStartupConf. At AgilityFeat we place a strong [...]

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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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Ford Englander joins AgilityFeat as VP of Busin...

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Ford Englander is AgilityFeat’s new VP for Business Development, and a long time mentor and friend to me.  I’m thrilled to have him join the US ranks of AgilityFeat because Ford brings in a wealth of experience that is going to help us grow and se...

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Ford Englander joins AgilityFeat as VP of Business Development

Ford Englander is AgilityFeat’s new VP for Business Development, and a long time mentor and friend to me.  I’m thrilled to have him join the US ranks of AgilityFeat because Ford brings in a wealth of experience that is going to help us grow and serve our clients better. I’d like to tell you a [...]

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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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3 Lessons from #MoDevTablet

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Does your startup have a mobile application component?  You’re certainly not alone, and that app should be more than just a mobile-aware website.  That’s one thing that I heard repeated at the #MoDevTablet conference last Friday just outside Washi...

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3 Lessons from #MoDevTablet

Does your startup have a mobile application component?  You’re certainly not alone, and that app should be more than just a mobile-aware website.  That’s one thing that I heard repeated at the #MoDevTablet conference last Friday just outside Washington DC. Here are 3 other lessons you should consider for your mobile project: 1. Measure and [...]

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Sept 12: News from the Startup Front

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This is the first in a regular new series rounding up different blogs and articles that our team of Costa Rican Code Commandos found interesting. This “news from the startup front” will focus on agile development, startups, and anything else relat...

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Sept 12: News from the Startup Front

This is the first in a regular new series rounding up different blogs and articles that our team of Costa Rican Code Commandos found interesting. This “news from the startup front” will focus on agile development, startups, and anything else related to our team. The Chilean government has selected a new batch of startups for [...]

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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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A #Lean Scorecard for FreshBooks

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What can the story of FreshBooks teach us about lean startups and agile development?  Last week I received an email that got me thinking about that. I use Freshbooks at AgilityFeat for invoicing our customers, and it’s great.  It’s an easy way for...

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A #Lean Scorecard for FreshBooks

What can the story of FreshBooks teach us about lean startups and agile development?  Last week I received an email that got me thinking about that. I use Freshbooks at AgilityFeat for invoicing our customers, and it’s great.  It’s an easy way for our team members to track their hours, and for me to convert [...]

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My big takeaway from #leanDC with @ericries

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Last night I attended an impromptu meeting of the #LeanDC meetup.  I say impromptu because it’s my understanding they pulled the meeting together in just a few days because Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup, was in DC this week and so it was a...

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My big takeaway from #leanDC with @ericries

Last night I attended an impromptu meeting of the #LeanDC meetup.  I say impromptu because it’s my understanding they pulled the meeting together in just a few days because Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup, was in DC this week and so it was an opportunity to have a big name speak. They did [...]

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Check out the Sensei demo at #Agile2012

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Today’s your last day to see what the buzz is about Sensei and Agile Retrospectives at Agile 2012!  Lithespeed has launched their Sensei product into beta, and we at AgilityFeat are particularly proud of it because our team of Costa Rican Code Com...

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Check out the Sensei demo at #Agile2012

Today’s your last day to see what the buzz is about Sensei and Agile Retrospectives at Agile 2012!  Lithespeed has launched their Sensei product into beta, and we at AgilityFeat are particularly proud of it because our team of Costa Rican Code Commandos built it! We’ve been working with Lithespeed and their awesome Product Owner [...]

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@Uber’s Innovation vs Regulation and Protection...

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Uber is a very cool and innovative company whose mobile app makes it easier to hail a private limo service.  This is the kind of great startup that any innovative city’s government should be excited to have serving their area.  But apparently not ...

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@Uber’s Innovation vs Regulation and Protectionism in Cambridge

Uber is a very cool and innovative company whose mobile app makes it easier to hail a private limo service.  This is the kind of great startup that any innovative city’s government should be excited to have serving their area.  But apparently not the city of Cambridge Massachusetts. Today Uber published this post that they [...]

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#AgileDevLab open at #Agile2012 to support @AHI...

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The Agile Dev Lab is open for business at Agile 2012 in Dallas Texas!  This week we will be here from 9am-5pm Tuesday – Thursday doing Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) with Cucumber and Ruby to build the website wishlisting.org for use by...

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#AgileDevLab open at #Agile2012 to support @AHIPVA!

The Agile Dev Lab is open for business at Agile 2012 in Dallas Texas!  This week we will be here from 9am-5pm Tuesday – Thursday doing Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) with Cucumber and Ruby to build the website wishlisting.org for use by non profits.  Look for us next to the big quilt in the [...]

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Philly is fertile ground for startups

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This post is part of my ongoing “BizDev Travels” series. Philadelphia, PA – July 30 2012 I made a stop in Philadelphia on Monday July 30 as part of my recent biz dev travels.  There’s a lot going on in Philadelphia’s entrepreneur scene.  AgilityFe...

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Philly is fertile ground for startups

This post is part of my ongoing “BizDev Travels” series. Philadelphia, PA – July 30 2012 I made a stop in Philadelphia on Monday July 30 as part of my recent biz dev travels.  There’s a lot going on in Philadelphia’s entrepreneur scene.  AgilityFeat already has one client in Philadelphia, and we’d like to work [...]

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Crowdfunding in Boston

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This post is part of my ongoing “BizDev Travels” series. Boston, Massachusetts – July 26 2012 The final stop of my day on Thursday was to a meetup for crowdfunding.  This was billed as the first ever in person crowd funding event in the area, and ...

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Crowdfunding in Boston

This post is part of my ongoing “BizDev Travels” series. Boston, Massachusetts – July 26 2012 The final stop of my day on Thursday was to a meetup for crowdfunding.  This was billed as the first ever in person crowd funding event in the area, and it was definitely interesting.  It was organized by Johan [...]

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Venture Cafe in Cambridge

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This post is part of my ongoing “BizDev Travels” series. Cambridge, Massachusetts – July 26 2012 After my previous visit to Babson College’s Demo Day, I headed over to 1 Broadway in Cambridge to check out the regular Thursday gathering called Vent...

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Venture Cafe in Cambridge

This post is part of my ongoing “BizDev Travels” series. Cambridge, Massachusetts – July 26 2012 After my previous visit to Babson College’s Demo Day, I headed over to 1 Broadway in Cambridge to check out the regular Thursday gathering called Venture Cafe. This is an incubator/accelerator space in the heart of Kendall Square in [...]

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Babson College Demo Day

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This post is part of my ongoing “BizDev Travels” series. Babson Park, Massachusetts – July 26 2012 I spent two days in the Boston area, and I had intended for my first stop to be a morning meeting up of entrepreneurs, but traffic in New York and C...

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Babson College Demo Day

This post is part of my ongoing “BizDev Travels” series. Babson Park, Massachusetts – July 26 2012 I spent two days in the Boston area, and I had intended for my first stop to be a morning meeting up of entrepreneurs, but traffic in New York and Connecticut prevented me from making it to that.  [...]

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Announcing Dare To Be Lean!

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I hinted at it previously, but now the fancy landing page is ready and I am proud to invite you to join us in Costa Rica in early 2013 for an awesome 3 day hands on workshop for entrepreneurs! The workshop is called Dare To Be Lean, and you can le...

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Announcing Dare To Be Lean!

I hinted at it previously, but now the fancy landing page is ready and I am proud to invite you to join us in Costa Rica in early 2013 for an awesome 3 day hands on workshop for entrepreneurs! The workshop is called Dare To Be Lean, and you can learn more here: DareToBeLean.AgilityFeat.com We [...]

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BizDev Travels Series

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If business development is all about meeting people, then I’m going to be doing more classic customer development and “get out of the office.” My plan to promote AgilityFeat’s development services and our upcoming DareToBeLean workshop are to visi...

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BizDev Travels Series

If business development is all about meeting people, then I’m going to be doing more classic customer development and “get out of the office.” My plan to promote AgilityFeat’s development services and our upcoming DareToBeLean workshop are to visit some major entrepreneurial cities and meet as many VC’s and entrepreneurs as I can. I’m going [...]

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Ask a #startup developer #Philly July 30

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Do you have a project idea but don’t know what it will take to get it done? Do you have a software development project going now but need a different perspective? I love meeting with other entrepreneurs and startups and talking tech. I’ve got time...

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Ask a #startup developer #Philly July 30

Do you have a project idea but don’t know what it will take to get it done? Do you have a software development project going now but need a different perspective? I love meeting with other entrepreneurs and startups and talking tech. I’ve got time slots available in Philadelphia around lunch time on Monday July [...]

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#Startup Developer Office Hours in #Philly July...

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Are you an entrepreneur, investor, or startup developer in Philadelphia?  Let’s meet and talk startups! My Office Hours Do you have pressing questions about your startup you would like to ask a developer and entrepreneur? I’d love to give you some...

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#Startup Developer Office Hours in #Philly July 30th

Are you an entrepreneur, investor, or startup developer in Philadelphia?  Let’s meet and talk startups! My Office Hours Do you have pressing questions about your startup you would like to ask a developer and entrepreneur? I’d love to give you some free advice and hear about what you’re doing! I can help you think through [...]

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Ask a #startup developer #Boston July 26-27

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Do you have a project idea but don’t know what it will take to get it done? Do you have a software development project going now but need a different perspective? I love meeting with other entrepreneurs and startups and talking tech. I’ve got time...

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Ask a #startup developer #Boston July 26-27

Do you have a project idea but don’t know what it will take to get it done? Do you have a software development project going now but need a different perspective? I love meeting with other entrepreneurs and startups and talking tech. I’ve got time slots available in Boston around lunch time on Thursday July [...]

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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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Coding Across America for #startups with @makaimc

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Combining the great American road trip with meeting a bunch of entrepreneurs and hacking code?  Brilliant!  Why didn’t I think of that?! That was my reaction when talking recently with a friend and fellow startup coder Matt Makai.  Matt and I met ...

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Coding Across America for #startups with @makaimc

Combining the great American road trip with meeting a bunch of entrepreneurs and hacking code?  Brilliant!  Why didn’t I think of that?! That was my reaction when talking recently with a friend and fellow startup coder Matt Makai.  Matt and I met when we were both graduate students at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School [...]

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