One of the hardest things to do in the modern world is keep up with various fields of technology. Given that your main technology focus is meeting your business goals, you may not have the time to keep up with security as well. Here is a short list of modern […]
This post is going to be a bit of a departure from normal. Earlier this month, I got news that someone that I used to know very well had died very suddenly, of a brain aneurysm. To say that it was shock is an understatement but in the process of […]
You have a great business idea, have identified a willing market that wants to pay you for a solution, and are ready to move forward with your MVP. Choosing a technology partner for your business is very important but for different reasons than for the business partner. Your technology partner […]
For a technical founder, choosing the right business partner is the most critical early decision that you can possibly make. The only exception to this is if you have a significant business and sales background and will be taking this role on yourself.
Ah – the dreaded annual performance review; few business institutions are as reviled, overused, and probably useless. There are much better ways to communicate information to your people – let’s talk about a few of them.
Modern technology is fantastic for allowing you to effectively manage a large number of people in different locations. Below, I have rounded up the best of the ones that I have used in the past and explained how they are so useful.
Managers are an important part of any company, interesting experiments to the contrary. Technology companies move fast and need to have people specialized in the various activities to maximize their forward progress and just get things done.
You have probably heard the acronym LAMP in the past in relation to software-as-a-service applications and general internet usage. It refers to a collection of open source tools and software that is used to power and support web applications and is a simple, powerful solution for your technology needs.
Starting a company is hard – doubly so for people attempting to do so part-time, without OPM (other people’s money), or without a clear vision of what exactly they are building. Creating a technology company is more than just ensuring that you are using the best language or development framework […]
Venture funded startups have been some of the greatest sources of wealth in human history – for venture capitalists. For many of the other participants, not so much. Venture capital funding has a place in the startup funding sphere but it is not a panacea. Here I talk about why […]
Starting a business and joining the ranks of entrepreneurs is an exciting step. Here are some first steps that you can do to guarantee that you have a better chance of succeeding. I focus here on self-funded/bootstrapped companies rather than venture funded but these ideas are applicable to all types […]
One of the things that I most firmly believe is that technology organizations within companies need to support the business goals; in fact, my belief is that the only reason for them to exist is this fulfillment. This is not a popular belief with the tech cognoscenti, who somehow view […]
Long long ago, I was a developer. I loved it – I loved building things, creating new pieces of stuff literally out of thin air (or electrons, anyway). I loved learning new things, building things that were ‘impossible to build’, and making the things that other people could use. What […]
As part of your ongoing technology infrastructure overhaul or creation, you will have to hire technology managers, who will be responsible for keeping your technology personnel happy, productive, and focused on the company’s business goals. Here are some questions to ask them to help you choose the right person.
OK, buckle up, folks – we’re gonna offend fan-boys on either side with this post! I wanted to spend a few minutes giving people a quick overview of two of the main language stacks used mainly for SaaS and web-based development. There are a large number of other technology stacks […]
Few companies have the money to waste on useless or sub-optimal service providers, yet few seem to apply the necessary rigor to the money they spend on their technology organizations. The closest that they come is slashing budgets without understanding when costs ‘seem too high’. Long post warning! tl;dr – […]
So, you’ve decided to create a company. You have a business idea – a service, an app, something like that. You need to create a product – what are your choices? In this post, I want to share a number of ways to get your business idea up and running […]
So, this post may be a bit contentious. I am a big believer in the appropriateness of tool use – don’t use a hammer to turn screws, a screwdriver to pry apart boards on the wall, or a crowbar to drive nails. Having said this, I really do not think […]
All businesses require technology of some sort, whether it is just for accounting and communications, or for actual business transaction processing and fulfillment. As such, it is best to ensure that your provider knows what they are doing and has a plan for how to solve your business problems – […]
This post is not comfortable to write – I would like to share with you some of the mistakes, problems, issues, and solutions that I have encountered in my two decades of technology management.