• Be a sport and pay! No not with equity!

    If you startup idea involves coding, ideally you should have a co founder or an employee who can code, if you can not. [tweetherder]Outsourcing at the earliest stage is sub-optimal [/tweetherder](unless of course you have a support system to guide you through it). If you are first-time entrepreneur with a…

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  • You’re not entitled to scale! (And we’re launching!)

    “Dude, seriously?” That was the reaction of  a well-meaning member of the local startup community, when I walked in for a meetup & happened to show him the launchrock page of ContractIQ. “[tweetherder]Is there really no line of code behind that launch page?[/tweetherder]” I guess he had made a mental…

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  • 365 Startups

    (The initiative has been closed for registration) Did you #365Startups yet? There are two seemingly two worlds – Post-accelerated startups and Post-funded startups. But can they be more common, in their struggle to build? One is building to test product-market fit and the other is testing product-revenue fit. In the…

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  • Don’t build a minimum viable product

    Don’t get me wrong. I am indeed a fan of fast iterations on product, as professed by the lean startup principle. But, the success of a term, like in the case of ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (MVP), often results in loose interpretations that often go squarely against the original intent. I…

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  • Rockstar’s guide to requirements writing!

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  • Are you a startup outsourcing to India?

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  • Startups Lie!

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  • The Shaky Negotiator – Dev Shop Dilemmas

    (This article was first published in the ‘Outsource UK’ Magazine – http://outsourcemagazine.co.uk/the-shaky-negotiator-vendor-dilemmas/) In almost all cases where small businesses go to external software development firms to build products or internal IT systems there is always a contract negotiation situation. In that, price becomes a very sticky point of contention. This happens…

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  • Is ContractIQ an alternative to Odesk & eLance?

    We often get asked if we are a better alternative to Odesk and eLance! We often struggle to answer that question, because we love what Odesk & eLance stand for. They are great businesses, but meant for a very well-defined segment that we don’t focus on. First and foremost, we…

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  • Reasons I don’t trust oDesk, eLance or such marketplaces

    Online labor marketplaces are those portals that allow individuals, firms to find qualified freelancers or agencies to get a job done, often remotely. oDesk, eLance etc. fall under this category. This segment has seen significant action both in terms of investment interest and growth numbers, especially of users. In a…

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