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Overcoming the 5 Top Tech Startup Challenges

July 7, 2016
Overcoming the 5 Top Tech Startup Challenges The tech startup world remains a popular business venture. Thanks to the likes of Microsoft and Apple, the phenomenal success of business in Silicon Valley and platforms like Facebook, tech has become the industry of choice. As there continues to be payouts in the billions, everyone is excited at the prospect of launching a tech company. Of course, with billions flowing from it, the tech landscape is risky as it gets. There are challenges unique to building a technology solutions company. While being prepared for them doesn’t guarantee your business will be the next YouTube, being prepared does significantly improve your chances of success. This is An Industry that Never Stops Evolving Change can have a significant impact on any business or industry. The risk is higher when it comes to fields like programming, mobile apps or other technology solutions. Movement in technology is a given and any company in these fields hoping to keep its head above water will need to move quickly in order to stay competitive. Whether a software development company or an agency that provides website application, you have to be ready to move fast on ideas and to adjust products, services and campaigns with the industry. There are small windows of opportunity in tech and being first doesn’t make you the winner. The tech startup across the road or coming in the next three months will likely be ready with new ideas and could use your platform to do it better. Struggling to Stay on Track A new software development company may find its agenda thrown by technological advancement. It is not unusual for startups to end up failing because they were not ready to change direction fast enough. Unlike their larger competitors, startups cannot afford to just abandon projects and start anew. Whatever’s on the table, do not lay stagnant. Finish one project, move on to the next, adjust production as needed and work fast toward every goal. Partnering Mainstream technology is a flowing river. While working with a company can seem a great way to grow, it can be risky for a startup when they end up with a partner whose solutions go obsolete over time. Imagine a startup with mobile application driven by partners and based on emerging tech and both dissolve unexpectedly because markets or tech change. Startups should lean toward partners with greater chances of success and longevity. When partnering with other businesses, make sure negotiations clearly help the startup. Employees According to a 2011 Startup Genome Report, almost three-quarters of high growth Internet startups die due to premature scaling. The tech fields like mobile apps and programming need a specific group of talents. While it is understandable that one wants the best candidates now, many technology startups tend to build on staff – hiring too many people – far too soon. This is accommodated by the fact tech startups can grow fast. This can attract significant funding, which leads to over scaling.

7 Myths of Mobile App Development

June 12, 2016
7 Myths of Mobile App Development The development of mobile applications is a growing industry that attracts entrepreneurs from all over the world. However, many app developers new to the industry have several misconceptions about the process of mobile app development. To help first-time mobile app developers begin their journey developing mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms, here are a few common myths about mobile application development that are completely busted. Myth #1: Unique ideas are best. Contrary to popular belief, the more unique an idea is, the more uncertainty arises about whether an idea is useful or feasible. A Cornell University paper identifies that creative ideas face the harshest criticism and less-novel ideas are more likely to gain support because they are tried and trusted. You must execute ideas well in order to be understood and well received. If ideas are unique, it takes flawless execution of development to gain support. Myth #2: If people think your idea sounds great, it is. When pitching a product to friends or colleagues when it is in development, their reactions are figurative. It’s difficult to form an opinion about a product without using it. You shouldn’t trust advice from someone who hasn’t tested your product. Look for advice from people who have used your product, especially those who have paid for the product and continue to use it. These people with have more constructive criticism and advice to offer. Myth #3: Getting funded is priority number 1. Starting out, the priority is creating your product, developing your product, and attracting customers. Raising venture capital is one of the most difficult processes of creating and developing a product. Instead of focusing on funding, you should focus on bringing your product to market. Expect to complete the process without being dependent on a VC. Myth #4: It’s easy to get funded with just an idea. Because it costs less these days to create a venture based on technology, VCs look for solid products that are substantiated by user tests. Before these venture capitalists even think about investing in your product, your startup venture needs to show growth potential and prove its worth. Myth #5: You need to be tech-savvy to be successful. You shouldn’t consider technology as a difficulty along the journey of development of your idea. Even if you know little about technology, your ideas are still valid and can still be realized. Technology is a tool that unlocks ideas. Implementing technology is easy as hiring and individual or an agency dealing with technology that can aid in achieving your business goals without spending your time on the technical aspects of the product. Myth #6: Building an app means people will use it. Your job is not finished once your mobile app is completed and put in the iOS or Android market. Actually, building and developing a mobile application is the easiest part of the process. What comes next is getting customers to use your product and use them consistently. Myth #7:

How to succeed with your mobile app idea

June 5, 2016
How to Succeed With Your Mobile App Idea   Are you wondering how your mobile application development can be successful? Wondering how to get that idea off the ground and into the market? You’re in luck and all you have to do is follow the tips in this article. Good luck with your mobile apps. Be a problem-solver – The most successful entrepreneurs have more or less become the industry’s greatest problem solvers. Identify a problem (or some problems) and take your mobile app development idea to the next level. You should list all the problems you encounter in everyday life. Pay attention to problems that occur around you. For instance in social media, friends, family, coworkers etc. Turn your custom mobile application development into your problem-solving workstation. Create smaller apps first – Mobile application ideas do not have to be extremely difficult. Of course, everyone wants to make smash hit mobile apps, however, don’t be hard on yourself if it falls short of a top seller. Create smaller apps to get a feel for creating a mobile app and understanding the mobile app development process. Pay very close attention to design – If you want your app or game to get noticed, your design will play a major role in getting results. Think of your mobile app design as a bulletin board. It has only a few seconds to catch a person’s attention; and grab them. Go with your passion – Can your idea, motivation, or hobbies be used for mobile application development? There is a strong possibility that it can. You can even turn one of your personal crusades into a popular mobile application. Do your research and search Google to see how many people are searching for similar terms in dealing with your deepest passions. Don’t become too attached to your idea – It’s easy to become fired up about an idea. Especially when it is an idea that is fresh to your “own” thoughts. While the idea may be good, you still need to determine if there is a market big enough to support your mobile app (or mobile game). Remember, your mobile app will only be successful if there is a need for it in the marketplace. Use the K.I.S.S. method – “Keep it simple, Stupid!” Adopt this mentality in your mobile application development activities. The goal here is to make an mobile app that someone can figure out without having to read instructions. Sounds silly, but you wouldn’t believe how addictive these types of gaming apps are. Be tenacious in your app development – People don’t become rich overnight (unless they hit the state lottery). Most successful people aren’t successful overnight. Persistence will pay off if you are striving to be a successful mobile app entrepreneur. Don’t look for investors – It’s just not a good idea for entrepreneurs to look for investors. You are an entrepreneur and you need to be making that income for yourself. Think about it. Do you want the

How to plan and create a website

May 28, 2016
How to plan and create a website Introduction Anyone can get a website, but no matter how pretty it is, the site will still be ineffective if it’s not providing what customers want and need and more importantly is not driving results. Having an effective website takes effective planning, a great web design, web development, and strategic optimization. Without these tools, time and energy are just wasted in building a website. Planning When creating a website, effective planning is required and without it, it would take more time in building a website. Effective planning consists of various steps which include the following: Defining the purpose of the site:Defining the purpose is important in determining the course of action needed for the whole layout of the website design, the web programming, the objectives, and its goals. Key questions to answer are: What is the website about? What does it do? Who is it for? Determining the wants and needs of the customers:It’s important to know the wants and needs of the customers are in order to reach them. If we don’t address those wants and needs, they will not visit the site. Key questions to answer are: Why should they care for this website? How are you helping them? Planning the Content:It is vital to understand who is your ideal customer and how content should be laid out, communicated, and presented to them. Planning the Navigation:Knowing how your customers will interact and move throughout your website is important to understand. Customers are impatient and if they cannot find what they are looking for they will leave. Your customers should be able to navigate the site very quickly and get to the desired pages. Layout & Design After the planning stage, the implementation process is in order. Keeping in mind, all of the important steps mentioned above, the web designer, and web developers can start working on the building process. In this stage of web development, key considerations are vital, which consist of consistency, coherence, information placement, text clarity, color, and information coding. Being consistent is vital for consumers to easily go through the website easily and quickly. They will learn and know the site like the back of their hand, so they can easily go through it whenever they desire. From the position of the buttons to the layout, customers will be well pleased, and more willing to return to the site on a frequent basis. Coherence determines the easy access that customers will have to manage information, and perform tasks that are relevant to them. The information placement is important in determining what customers expect to see easily when they view a page. Also, the text should be easy to see, read, and to be browser friendly; and the color pallet should be appealing to your customers. Lastly, the information coding includes the designated appropriation of numbers, shapes, object size, and other tools, in which a web designer can assist for accuracy, attractive, and a professional appeal. When implementing all

Why is responsive web design so important?

May 19, 2016
Why is responsive web design so important?   This was a popular concept during the 2013 summer when Google released its Hummingbird algorithm. This is what gave life to the term, “content is king,” as the most important statement as an online marketer. The more you said it, the more you got page views. Today, it still holds tremendous truth, but content is now most competitive on websites with flexible interaction that puts users in the driver seat and gives them easy navigation while surfing a website. This interaction can be experienced on mobile, desktop, and tablets. Tablet devices continue to grow in popularity as memory continues to improve to the level of laptops. Mobile devices are also on the popularity increase scale as users are more in front of their mobile devices than computing laptops or desktops. As such mobile importance is growing and 4 out of every 5 users of rich interactive media will shop online. Yet a term like “mobile interaction” isn’t limited to the use of smartphones and tablets. It can also be used to define the interactivity of web platforms and how users access or navigate a site’s web design. That’s why we’re going to get more into and discuss responsive web design. More than 50 percent of users that find responsive media will wind up spending more money and more than 62 percent of websites upgrading to responsive web design will gain an improvement in sales. There are technical and practical concepts to responsive web design. The practical side can be seen on the user end as the actual experience they have using a website. An effect in responsive media, in this case, comes about as a result of modern HTML and creativity directly applied to website development and its planned construction. The construction, with responsive web design is primarily about the user experience. The additional component to responsive web design is the web programming capabilities of the designer. This is where HTML and other special knowledge comes in handy in order to manipulate a website so that it competitively lives up to the new standards and appearances of responsive platforms. You’ll need to be aware of both techniques the technical and practical applications and their results as a web designer. 74% of users who visit sites that interact well with responsive web design consent to having revisited those platforms repeatedly. During the actual phases of web development, responsive web design should be seen as an addition to an entire website. Clearly, you don’t want to create a website just for its interactive potential if the information found on the platform doesn’t have a purpose or application that the user can benefit from. You always want to draw in readers first by having well researched and engaging content because “content is still king”. Using responsive web design enables marketers and designers to project how a website’s information will look, feel and function competitively. The responsive web design features primary objectives are summed up in

Web Development Step by Step Guide

May 9, 2016
Step by Step Guide to Web Development Having a website in today’s technology driven world is important. While it once used to be optional, this is no longer the case. A large percentage of consumers first look online to find out information about a business, product, or service. If consumers search for your business online and you are nowhere to be found, chances are they will forget about your business quickly. Most likely, you’ll be having someone else work on your website and understanding the process can help you in hiring the appropriate agency. Not all agencies are alike, and not all are as experienced as they claim to be. It’s good to know the basic steps that go into creating a website, so you can understand the complexity and attention it requires to build it successfully. Step One: Project Definition The first thing that needs to be done is finding someone to create your website for you. Whether this is a single freelance web designer or an agency of web developers. Please make sure to do your research and due diligence by choosing a company with good reviews and samples that show their work. Once your decision is made, you will need to map out your project and write the requirements. Be as detailed as possible while writing your requirements and do not leave anything too vague or unclear. By writing clear and descriptive requirements this will assist the web development agency to get an understanding of what you’re trying to accomplish with your website. Let the agency know ahead of time what is your business goals, what kind of website you are aiming for, and what are your terms way up front. When it comes to business goals, let them know who your target audience is and what you are looking for. Make sure the agency knows of any special website needs like podcasts or video streaming. Finally, let them know your terms and specify when you’d like your website to be completed by. Step Two: Research and Planning The next step is very important, and involves research and planning. In this step, the agency will lay down a general sitemap outline of your website, choose a domain name, provide hosting information, and other miscellaneous details regarding third party services. This step is the blueprint for your website and all of the costs associated through the development and launching process. The key is to have a full understanding of what is going to be build to ease any miscommunications down the line. Step Three: Designing In this step, the design of your website will take place. This is where your color scheme will be chosen, selection of media (whether this is audio, video or simple pictures to help convey your brand to your potential clients), style, format, and theme. This is also where the general web design will be laid out, from social media buttons to the special fonts that will be used to tie in with your

Project Management Myths

March 11, 2015
Project Management Myths Proven Wrong When it comes to project management, there are several myths and misconceptions that need further clarification to avoid stigma. Myth #1 Remote Collaboration is unproductive For many employers, granting individuals the ability to work remotely is still considered to be taboo. The misconception here is that remote collaboration is unproductive and therefore a waste of money and company resources. However, 37% of businesses have agreed that their remote employees are more engaged and more productive than their counterparts. In addition, a whopping 75% of supervisors state they have more satisfied employees because of their ability to work remotely. These growing statistics are beginning to set the foundation for more companies to look into from home opportunities for their employees. Myth #2 Project Managers Must Have A Certification Due to the increase and high-demand of projects, many companies have sought out the help of project managers in order to keep important communication and deadlines in place. This growing number of project management positions has set off a myth that a certification is strictly required. However, top notch tech companies like IBM state that only 56% of their project managers actually hold a formal certification. While it’s an added benefit to have, 2/3 of CIO’s believe it’s definitely not a necessity. Therefore, we believe that hands on experience in project management along with strong communication and attention to detail is more valuable than any certification. Myth #3 Project Management Is All Paperwork Project managers are at the forefront of project development and serve as a liaison between the client and development team. Although the myth states that project managers deal entirely with paperwork, the truth stands far from the myth. Reality is the project manager spends an astounding 90% of their work day in constant communication. Myth #4 Frequent Meetings Are Vital To Keep Everyone On Track Although meetings are used to bring more clarification, organization, and unison to those involved in a specific project, it is not necessary to have them all of the time for everything involved. When polled, 47% of workers stated that frequent meetings were the number one time waster during their work day. Furthermore, employees also mentioned that when attending long meetings 30% of that time goes wasted. To counter this myth, it’s been suggested to hold stand-up meetings instead of the common sit down meetings because their 34% shorter and just as productive.

7 Project Management Tips

March 3, 2015
7 Project Management Tips   Need some direction on improving your project management skills? The following list includes 7 of the most important qualities needed in order to bring the average project manager above average results. Leadership: A great Project Manager will lead with confidence and serve as a mentor throughout the entire scope of the project. People: Learning to manage everyone involved in the project and having the ability to resolve any conflict is critical to building a successful and cohesive team. Administrative: Being given a specific budget, resources, and deadlines it’s important that you remain organized and diligent in assigning the specifics to your team clearly and effectively in order to avoid unnecessary delays. Problem solving: Learning to manage the inevitable hurdles, along with guiding your team through crises will help keep the project moving forward. Communication: Facilitating productive and effective discussions throughout the scope of the project is important because it eliminates any assumptions misunderstandings that could potentially arise. Technology: No matter how organized and diligent you may be, it’s always recommended to use project management tools for more accountability and reliability. Context: Make sure you a full understanding of the project, future goals, and the resources given to you in order to have a well rounded picture of what is being asked of you. In conclusion, by using the suggestions listed above and brushing up on your project management skills, successful projects and satisfied clients are only an arms length away.