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10 Secrets to Succeeding as a Hardware Startup

By | Oct 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Hardware is hard. There is a lot of truth in that simple statement. There are many obstacles to success, but here’s 10 secrets… Accurately Estimate Product Development Successful startups realistically estimate the costs, and time needed, for product development. Everyone wants their product on…

Startups & Apps

Ecosystem: The Main Reason New Apps Fail

By | May 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm

When developing a mobile app, it’s easy to get tunneled into a particular use case. Having the perfect app idea is one thing, but being able to execute it and is quite another. However, too many product teams get tunneled into the thinking that their…


The True Cost of a MVP for Today’s Hottest iOS and Android Apps

By | Aug 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

When we hear about the launch of a new company it’s almost mystical in nature. That is, one day there’s nothing and then – poof – there’s a startup opening their doors. At least that’s what the outside perspective tends to look like anyway….


5 Things Every Startup Should Know About Hiring

By | Jun 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

As any entrepreneur or businessperson will tell you, hiring is vitally important for business success. Here’s a few points to help you do it correctly: Sell the Vision This is first for a reason. Selling the vision is critical at every stage of your…



How To Grow Your Startup 3000% In The First Year

By | May 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Imagine issuing a press release for your startup announcing an almost 3000% year-over-year growth. I recently joined LemonStand, a Vancouver-based SaaS eCommerce platform startup as VP Growth, and I’ve spent a good chunk of my first few weeks digging into where we’re at, how we…


8 Ways to Get the Most out of Startup Weekend

By | Jan 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

At 2.03 AM on Monday August 1, 2011, on a train somewhere between Redfern and Kings Cross Station in Sydney, Australia, I was exhausted and delirious. I was on the way to my hotel after the Sunday night celebrations. I was caught by the Startup Weekend movement; hook, line…


One Month’s Learning Library Teaches Tech Skills in Under a Minute

By | Jan 10, 2015 at 8:00 am

Lately it seems like everywhere I turn, One Month is building up their online course selections or offering scholarships for women in tech. Continuing the trend, One Month this week launched a new initiative called The Learning Library, a free resource that houses over 100 topics…


4 Ways Startups can Shorten the Release Cycle of their Apps

By | Dec 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm

So you have a budding development team, funding, technology, and a lot of determination. But the startup market for developing apps is a very crowded space. One of the ways to stand out is to shorten the release time of your apps. While following…


3 Reasons Every Tech Entrepreneur Should Participate in an Accelerator Program

By | Dec 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

An accelerator program is like a boot camp for early-stage ventures. They usually last anywhere from three to six months to help accelerate a startup, and most programs provide a small amount of seed capital. More importantly, an accelerator offers experienced entrepreneurs within the local community…


Twin Cities

vBench is the One-Stop-Shop for Freelancers Looking for Work

By | Nov 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

About 18 months ago JT Eberly moved from Chicago to St. Paul, Minnesota to immerse himself in the local startup culture and foster the growth of his company, vBench. His co-founder Matt Pundmann stuck behind in the windy city, and together they have successfully…


MeteorJs: Prototype to Production App In A Few Weeks

By | Sep 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

MeteorJs is an open-source framework to quickly build web apps that is powerful enough for an experienced developer, but easy enough for a beginner to get started on building a production app. Meteor Development went through Y Combinator in 2011 and also raised $11.2 million from…

Dev & Design

One Little Feature That Could Help Your MVP Succeed

By | Jun 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

I recently finished reading a book called Absolute Value. The gist of the book says that in the world of Yelp and other customer review sites, people do not buy brands; they buy reviews. This certainly seems quite true. The author cites a great example of…


Don’t Build an MVP, First Build a CAP (Cofounder Attracting Product)

By | Dec 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I, like every entrepreneur, have a long list of business ideas just waiting to be turned into companies. And at one point, I, like every entrepreneur, had no clue how to start figuring out if any of my ideas were worth working on. Thankfully,…


Lean methodology: Building a product company with the lessons of Steve Blank & Eric Ries

By | Jun 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

We started Modify Watches in 2010, after graduating from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. During school, I had worked on a sustainability business, Refill Revolution, which is now part of I was fortunate to take a course from Steve Blank and Eric…


What’s Missing in Your MVP?

By | Apr 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Being a web application development company that specializes in building MVPs for startups, we come across lots of aspiring entrepreneurial initiatives. Every single one of these ventures is a brilliant idea and has the potential to take on the world. Funny though – and…


Runway: The Most Essential Component of a Minimum Sustainable Company

By | Mar 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

In my earlier post, I stressed thinking beyond Minimum Viable Product and focusing on building a Minimum Sustainable Company (MSC). In this article, I’m going to talk about one of the most essential elements of a Minimum Sustainable Company, the runway. Simply defined, runway…


Think Beyond Minimum Viable Product, Think Minimum Sustainable Company

By | Feb 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

According to the Small Business Administration, the majority of all businesses will fail in less than five years. The largest percentage of failures occurs in year one itself. That means that these startups could not create a sustainable business model before they ran out…