• ContractIQ’s experience with Quora – Early stage business development for startups!

    We had a great conversation on Sunday (OCC – Open Coffee Club, Chennai – A volunteer startup group that meets every 1st Sunday of a month) regarding sales/business development hacks. Here’s about one that I have had reasonable success with. Many of you hear know about Quora as a great…

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  • Outsourcing web/mobile app development – For Early Stage Startups – The idea homework!

    For the purpose of this discussion outsourcing here refers to product development outsourcing for internet startups and app development means programming (typically PHP, RoR, Python, Scala etc.) and not design. Design outsourcing is a topic that needs a separate blog post. Most early stage startups that ContractIQ has worked with, in…

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  • 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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