• The second best way to find a great dev agency – A guest post by Shabda Raaj

    (The best way obviously is to talk to ContractIQ.) So you are a startup! You are looking to hire a dev agency. You find one which is a good technological fit and a good cultural fit. Now, you want to vet them by asking for references. “Let us talk to…

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  • ContractIQ for dev agencies

    We started ContractIQ, so that it get’s easier to discover the right dev agencies. So what makes it tough now, that it has to be made easier? Noise: Think of the ways you promote your dev agency now. Twitter, FB, Quora, GitHub, Stack, LinkedIn, SEO, Ads, Sponsoring events etc.? All…

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  • Taking stock and new features!

    Its been 75 days since we took ContractIQ to the public (No. We did not quietly pull an IPO stunt as you were cogitating to solve world’s hunger. We are just talking about opening to the public)! We could have waited for another 25 days to take stock. But heck!…

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  • Announcing – ‘Friends of Startups’ Initiative

    (This successful initiative is now closed. Goto https://contractiq.com/ to refer a dev shop) We love startups. We have a bias for the brotherhood from the trenches.In fact, ContractIQ loves startups so much that we have built a whole new platform for people to recommend service providers for startups. We are working really…

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  • Startup Culture

    The Startup Centre (Chennai) had asked me for my opinion on ‘HR Policies for a startup’. I shared some thoughts. Here is a capture of some key ones. As we say, a startup is an experiment set out to prove a set of hypotheses. Once they prove them, they transform…

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  • Social Media – Inconsequentials, Losers, Winners and Trialblazers – Who are you?

    We all are fans of Techcrunch (or what it was earlier) and I discovered a thought provoking post on “Fit & Finish” through a Techcrunch article on lean startups. The essence of the article, is that getting in front of millions of audience is not as difficult as it used…

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  • Scam Artists & the art of avoidance

    I thought it would be a bad idea to write about a quirky method one of us used, to evaluate service providers. It is typing “the name of the provider + scam” in Google search and read what the employees & customers rant about. Turns out a popular VC that…

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  • Does your customer testify for you?

      Getting customers to write testimonials is as old a concept as web itself. As a service provider, you follow the industry custom of getting your customers write-up 140 characters within inverted quotes. Somehow, that blurb is the reason new customers award business to you. Or may be not! Testimonials…

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  • Adverse Selection problem of SMB Outsourcing

    Depending on which analyst’s data you rely on, [tweetherder]50% to 70% of IT Outsourcing projects fail[/tweetherder]. ContractIQ estimates that firms between 10 employees and sub-500 million dollars revenue, spend a little more than 100 billion dollars on IT Outsourcing. So if we assume a direct correlation between absolute failure count…

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  • Our Story

    As the Founders of ContractIQ, we have been both buyers and sellers of outsourced IT services for about a decade. After having consulted over 300 small and medium businesses and having managed several F500 outsourcing programs, we realized that the data, information, tools and methods available to F500 firms for…

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