Five Flute annotates hardware product development into the current millennium
Product managers for software have a pretty thankless job — figuring out which features to put into a development sprint, how to prioritize what the developers work on and collecting requirement
4 principles for building an MVP even if you can’t write a single line of code
If you haven’t found a technical co-founder or freelancer to build your MVP, here are four principles that will help in the meantime.
Maze raises $40M to help facilitate software product research
Product research generally involves determining whether an idea for a new product might be successful and how to best develop and sell that product. It’s a straightforward process, in theory, bu
How to build a product advisory council for your startup
In order to design, build and maintain a product that meets changing customer demands, companies need a mechanism that provides unbiased insights from people that represent them.
Anakin’s pricing tool gives e-commerce companies jump on competitors
The company launched its tool in March that help e-commerce stores and brands increase their revenue using pricing, products and trends data from other companies.
Making the case for IVP: Initial viable product
If your IVP is your presentation of unbaked pepperoni pizza, your MVP is when you present a can of sauce, a package of cheese, a Slim Jim and a pencil sketch of an oven.
Ai Palette raises $4.4M to help companies react faster to consumer trends
Developing new packaged foods and consumer goods can take a couple years as companies research, prototype and test products. In a society that runs on social media, however, people expect to see trend
Dispense with the chasm? No way!
Pragmatic customers are being forced to adopt because they are under duress. It is not that they buy into the vision of software eating the world. It is because their very own lunches are being eate
Customer advisory boards are a gold mine for startup brand champions
Any startup that hopes to build a direct connection with its customers should consider recruiting a group of users who will share their experiences, insights and advice.
Pivoting during a pandemic
For me, the last six months has shown that people are resilient, and that when faced with a common threat or the need to suddenly rethink everything they might know, we quickly rise to the occasion.
How to diagnose and treat machine learning models afflicted by COVID-19
Machine learning models for predicting behavior will need to change, and companies should take a proactive approach to leveraging new technology that can help with these fluctuations.
Building your startup’s customer advisory board
A customer advisory board (CAB) can be an invaluable resource for startups, but many founders struggle with putting together the right group of advisors and how to incentivize them. At our TechCrunch
Ann Miura-Ko’s framework for building a startup
As an early-stage investor, Floodgate’s Ann Miura-Ko looks for two breakthroughs in order to invest in a startup: The first happens in the value-seeking stage of a startup’s journey and th
Benchling’s software for managing biotech research nabs $34.5 million
In a field where the laboratory notebook is still considered the state of the art, it’s no wonder a company like Benchling, which provides software for managing life sciences research, was able
Join raises $4M seed round to build a better construction planning platform
Startup Join wants to modernize the back office for an industry that’s everywhere, but maybe not top of mind, especially when it comes to project management software: Commercial construction. Th
India’s Hansel raises $4M to bring its app development platform to the US
Hansel, an India-based startup that enables more agile product development inside companies, has pulled in $4 million as it seeks to expand its business to the U.S.. The startup was founded in 2015 an
The case for boosting enterprise software startups with services
One of the truisms of software business strategy is that services is bad business; heck, we’ve also said it. The reason, put bluntly, is that it’s a business with low margins and is not as scalab
With Dispatch, Here Be Dragons pushes narrative VR storytelling in bold new directions
As VR takes its trip through the hype cycle of technology adoption, I keep returning to the early days of film as a corollary for the medium's progress and a good benchmark for its evolution. When the
Taking the “dysfunction” out of cross-functional teams
As part of our Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) engineering meet-up series, I had the opportunity to host a panel of leaders of various functions at Twitter, Oculus and Facebook to discuss
Engineers Build Ugly Products
Why do engineers build ugly products? What is it in the nature of engineering or the software development process that leads to user interfaces that are impossible for users to actually use?