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Developing a Successful MVP: Useful Tips for Non-Techie Founders

Developing a Successful MVP: Useful Tips for Non-Techie Founders

It is now possible for non-techie founders to realize technology products and sell them! There are so many mobile apps and websites that contain so much information and provide you with entertainment, information, and automation. You may have always wondered “can I start a business on these lines and make some income out of this”? Yes, it is possible to create websites, simple mobile apps or even undertake web application development; you can make technology products even though you are a non-technical person! Minimum Viable Product – An Introduction Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a term that is applied to the product that has fewer features but yet enough to qualify to be called as a viable product. MVP helps start-ups like yours to conceive and build technology products that can be sold to willing customers and build on further momentum so that it gives you a sustainable business. MVP also implies minimum investment. MVP development starts with the product idea that is feasible, viable and interesting and brought to a ready to launch stage by the product development team. The details of the product that are identified as minimally required then are taken into a development cycle that could go through one or more iterations of define-develop-test cycles, once the exit conditions are satisfied may become ready for launch.                           It is also necessary to build a community that will use with interest what you develop here! Feedback from the market can be used as inputs for the next MVP cycles. Starting with Non-Tech MVP You...
13 Handy Tips For eCommerce Retailers This Holiday Season

13 Handy Tips For eCommerce Retailers This Holiday Season

The holiday season is knocking on our doorstep. With a 34-day gap separating Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is going to be one long holiday season. eCommerce retailers would hope that it is a fruitful one too. The projections suggest that holiday season retail eCommerce sales in the US in 2018 would match the growth registered in 2017. The sales are expected to grow by 16.2% to 16.6% as compared to the spending last year. Therefore, the holiday season offers a great opportunity for eCommerce retailers to maximize revenue and sales potential. However, the increased sales won’t just fall in your lap. You will have to prepare and plan for it. You will have to take foresighted actions to make the most of this lucrative period and send your sales shooting off the charts. You may need to devise a new marketing strategy, avail of e-commerce web development services, and maybe even tweak your business policies. The following 13 tips would help you do just that. 1. Choose The Holidays You Want To Participate In There is a holiday or two almost every week during the holiday season. Participating in all of them would be borderline madness. You must choose the battles that you really want to fight; i.e. the ones that you are almost certain of winning. If you have just started your eCommerce store or if it is your first attempt at a major holiday promotion, then you should probably stick to the 3 major ones – Christmas, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. In particular, the Cyber 5 – the 5 day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday...
Top PHP Frameworks to Watch Out in 2019

Top PHP Frameworks to Watch Out in 2019

PHP framework is a platform which allows you to develop web applications using PHP. It provides a basic structure to develop your web application by providing the facility for rapid application development (RAD). It also helps in saving a lot of time as you do not need to produce repetitive code to build your application. Frameworks are very beneficial for beginners as they provide them a platform to create stable code by providing features for easy database connectivity and more. Since PHP development is getting more popular, the demand for developers has increased, and companies hire PHP developers to develop their applications. Advantages of Using PHP Frameworks Since the inception of PHP, several new updates have been introduced in the market. These new improvements and updates have enhanced the handling, maintenance, and efficiency of the code across several parameters. Mentioned below are some of the most noteworthy advantages of using PHP frameworks: Time-saving: By using PHP frameworks for development you can save a lot of your time and effort as it helps in speeding up the development process. You can reuse the code you have written across different projects while using frameworks. Frameworks also provide some pre-built modules that can be included in your application to perform complex tasks. Stable: Frameworks make the coding process very easy and far less complicated. This is the reason even beginners do not have any trouble in developing PHP scripts. PHP frameworks help in stabilizing the code that is written by providing many pre-defined modules to perform complex tasks like database connectivity. Easy Availability: There are a number of free PHP frameworks available for...
Early Stage Traction: Why You Need An External Team To Grow Your Startup

Early Stage Traction: Why You Need An External Team To Grow Your Startup

Startups’ growth is often restricted because of size and wherewithal limitations. But the scenario is changing….   Having early market traction means that there is serious business for your ideas. You have already had your breakthrough (sort of)— your MVP is validated by (a few of) your niche audiences. You’ve been hitting some impressive revenue points. Honestly, if there is time to invest in consolidating the customer interest into market potential, it is now. MVP is just the tip of the iceberg. An even huge part remains below the surface that is MVP, unexplored. Of course, there is brand building, networking, and advertising. But there’s also application upgrades, technical maintenance, bug-fixing, customer support — technical tasks that require experience or a technical mind, the least. Cut short: Your startup needs a development team. Assembling an in-house team is good but impractical, especially if you’ve just started your business. In cases like yours, remote teams work the best. How? We’ll discuss that and much more in the upcoming sections. Remote Tech Teams for Startups   People, workplace and workstations. While it is relatively easier for startup companies to acquire the desktops, it is not easy to gather a team in one place. A team that can work solidly to develop products on the technology of choice and at the speeds required. There are many reasons for this— employee pay scales, brand name & reputation as seen by the employees, uncertainty associated with a startup, or the attrition rate of employees. While these problems could be daunting for a startup company, multiple such problems can put a heavy burden on the...
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to GDPR Compliant Application Development

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to GDPR Compliant Application Development

In the present time, production and safety of user data online is a big issue for internet users around the world. In the European Union, a new set of rules was established so that internet users and EU citizens can find better control over the personal data and can find a better solution for its protection. It was considered a very beneficial step for the safety and privacy of confidential and personal data. Whether it is about using social media websites for finding the services of an E-Commerce store, banking organization or government organization, they collect your Private data and it is important to assure its privacy and protection for better assurance. What is GDPR? For providing better assurance of data protection and privacy, new rules are established that are known as general data protection regulation (GDPR) in the European Union. These new rules were planned so that the European citizens can utilize the benefits of the digital era without any kind of risk of privacy issues on the online platforms. GDPR regulations replaced the Data Protection Directive (DPD) 1995. Across the European Union, GDPR will be applied from 25th May 2018. All of the members of European Union transferred these new rules to the national law by 6th May 2018. It took 4 years for preparation and there was a debate for the approval of GDPR by the European Parliament. It was finally approved and applied in 2016 by the parliament. Importance of GDPR Compliance in Web Development GDPR is going to change the perspective of IT services including web development services in the EuropeanUnion. It is very...
Node.js and JS Foundation to Unify Communities: What This Essentially Means For Us

Node.js and JS Foundation to Unify Communities: What This Essentially Means For Us

The JavaScript foundation and the Node.js foundation recently announced an intent to merge their foundations to be able to serve their broad communities. “As the ecosystems for the JavaScript foundation continues to evolve, increased collaboration is very important to sustain continued and healthy growth.” – JS Foundation The JS foundation which was established in 2016 and the Node.js Foundation which was established in 2015, are the two main open-source foundations that focus solely on JavaScript. Both the foundations are of the belief that there needs to be tighter integration between both, to enable greater support for Node.js and a broader range of JavaScript projects. JavaScript is one of the most widely used core, high-level programming language of the World Wide Web (WWW). It was traditionally used to run on the client’s browser, as a client-side scripting language, to make the webpage work dynamically. It is an ever evolving and scaling language and is currently being used for creating JavaScript applications to run on the web, desktop and mobile too. JavaScript engines are now being embedded in other types of software like web servers, pdf, databases and in other run-time environments. Node.js is an open-source, JavaScript run-time environment which is used to execute the JavaScript code outside the client’s browser. That means it is used to run scripts on the server-side to create dynamic content before the page is sent to the client’s web browser. Node.js can also be used to write Command Line tools and Server-Side Scripting. It has an event-driven architecture which facilitates asynchronous input/output. Node.js is increasingly becoming more popular among developers and programmers and is one...
Working with Remote Tech Teams: Everything Product Agencies need to know

Working with Remote Tech Teams: Everything Product Agencies need to know

Phil is exasperated. The American product startup guy is in a need of some extra resources that can complement the efforts of his team. But, his Startup lacks both office space and funds for an in-house talent hiring. On the other side of the world, AB, a digital product agency based in Sydney is looking to expand their talent pool. They’ve recently closed an important deal and this new project will involve working with a new tech-stack- something their in-house development team is not familiar with. In both of the above-mentioned cases, the requirement is for a team of tech experts who are not tied down by the location-criterion and can be hired quick! The requirement is for global remote teams that can be hired on a turnkey basis. That essentially means- greater skill-sets, self-organization, longer hours of operations, higher productivity, and timely delivery with your little to no involvement. Having said that, working with remote teams is a discipline itself. There are pros and cons, challenges, management tools and much more for you to know before you collaborate with a remote colleague. Read on to know more! Fundamental Rules of Managing Remote Tech Teams Working successfully with remote teams has several advantages. But there are certain rules to be followed. These rules ensure a smooth progress of the product development as well as avoid problems that might arise within the team. Team composition: It is necessary to understand the team members – their strengths, weaknesses, sensitivities, and aspirations. That aside, maintaining a two-way transparency with team members is the key to managing the work efficiently. In general, the...
5 Reasons Why Digital “Transformation via Disruption” is not Always a Good Idea

5 Reasons Why Digital “Transformation via Disruption” is not Always a Good Idea

Opinion Post Undeniably, industries worldwide have always witnessed a high failure rate. Many small businesses succeed while, many more fail. Despite that every year even more enthusiasts take entrepreneurial plunge, which implies that multifarious emotions are attached to every business. Ergo, success and failure matter more than anything in the business world. In the midst of countless failing companies in the global economy, everyone is looking for the formula of long-term sustenance. Fundamentally, it is ‘continual reinvention of business’ aka ‘Transformation’. Millions of failure stories tell us what happens when one fails to acknowledge this. For instance, Friendster happened to be the first ever social network. It should have succeeded, but it didn’t. They even committed the worst mistake of rejecting Google’s purchase offer. Eventually, it could not keep up with the innovation and went southward. Blackberry phones that were just about the first smartphones people used are hard to find today for the same reasons. They could connect people with internet, offered a chat messenger BBM when no one else did. More or less, they had been disruptive pioneers who failed to keep in pace with adversaries and lost the grounds. On the other hand, Google Glass – being an amazing tech marvel- never witnessed commercial success, because it failed to carve a niche. The world is full of such high potential disruptions that failed. Those who are impatient to witness a steady transformation that takes time, tend to take the route of high-speed disruption. Although disruption is not necessarily the route of disorder, it is how they go about it. Digital Disruption & Digital Transformation: A Glimpse  Digital transformation...
React vs. Angular 5: Choosing the Right Front-end Technology for your Project

React vs. Angular 5: Choosing the Right Front-end Technology for your Project

React and Angular as front-end development framework may look similar but a comparative study helps to understand what is better for particular scenarios and further aid in choosing the right one. Front-end technologies enable web development companies to build applications that provide a  rich client experience. Among the most prominent of these front-end technologies are Angular and React, JavaScript frameworks that have taken the web by storm. Angular is from Google and React is from Facebook. Both Angular and React technologies are used for development of SPA pages. Both are open sourced, progressive and leading technologies across the world and have well-supported tools; however, they take two different approaches in HTML rendering. Thus, It is necessary to understand the unique points of each one in order to choose one of them for developing specific web applications. There are numerous pros and cons between React and Angular in terms of use, performance, applicability, and support. In this post, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about these two frameworks. Let’s begin with understanding a bit about Angular and React, shall we? About React The following features characterize ReactJS as a front-end development tool: A JavaScript library containing components for building user interfaces, particularly useful in SPA with React 15 being the salient release in the market. Used for lightweight applications with flexibility, responsiveness, and extensibility. Easier to learn in the beginning but takes longer to master as the documentation support is not of high standards. React JS development is useful for large web applications with frequently changing data. About Angular The following points highlight the salient points about Angular as...
Unbiased Tips to Set-up an Ultra-powerful Product Team- A Cheat Sheet for Startups

Unbiased Tips to Set-up an Ultra-powerful Product Team- A Cheat Sheet for Startups

Pondering over how Airbnb has more than 150 million users, or how Instagram thrived despite having no marketing budget initially? It’s because people have developed a trust with the products; the value and convenience they’ve added to their lives hit the rooftop and reached the sky. In this world of digital clutter, a (digital) product has to continually adapt to the changing and growing needs of the consumer. New startups are coming up every day, and while 9 out of 10 startups fail, the 1 that works is consistently making life more comfortable. Consider Zonka, a Customer Feedback App that collects customer reviews from diverse channels giving brands an insight into what their consumers need – eventually enhancing life for brands and consumers. The first step here is to find a real problem, a gap! The second step is to find holistic solutions which need a holistic team that puts their heads into developing and continually enhancing the solution, with a product. An integrated product team creates products with constant cooperation and technical prowess. Building a well-equipped team is imperative for startup product development. Now, Here’s how you can hire a holistic group of people for an insightful prototype development: Setting up a Holistic Product Team   1. Develop a Strategic Hiring Plan Define the scope of each role according to your end goal or the temporary goals of the product development. Then, select candidates through an engaging approach. During the interview, focus on getting relevant information about each person. Find out why the applicant wants to work with you, what are their soft skills and technical skills. Define and describe...