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Keeping Startup Costs Down

Whether you’re funding your business yourself or seeking investors (for more on the pros and cons of each, check out our article on the subject here), it’s always a good idea to keep costs as low as possible when you’re first starting out. Here are our tips for saving some cash so you can get […]

7 Mistakes People Make Trying to Find Technical Co-Founders

Finding a technical co-founder is hard, and every startup is different, so it’s difficult to say what you should do to recruit one (although we’ll be trying in a different article). On the other hand, it’s pretty easy to say what you shouldn’t do. Here’s our list of 7 mistakes people make when looking for a […]


Decreasing Bias in Hiring Technical Roles

Many tech companies are not terribly diverse. There are a lot of reasons for this, but today, I’d like to talk about some of the ways bias creeps into hiring, and what to do about it. Coding Challenge Format The standard whiteboarding technical interview is completely broken. It tests for skills that are practically orthogonal […]


Mobile App Startups: Where to begin?

So, you have an awesome app idea. What do you need to make it a success? What are your first steps? What are the components you need to build for it to grow? Generally, you need to decide on a strategy on three fronts: capital, marketing, and tech. We’ll be doing more in depth articles on […]


Mobile App Startups: Raising Capital

This topic is one of the most opaque for many entrepreneurs, and is different in every case. Some general paths can be described, though. There are two main options: using your own money, or using someone else’s. Using your own money Using your own money is generally referred to as ‘bootstrapping.’ Often, because it’s their own […]

Getting Your App Built: Hiring vs Contracting

  In our last post, we walked through some pros and cons of using an individual contractor vs. an app development shop. What if you think you want to hire somebody longer term? When should you think about hiring a programmer to work for your company instead of hiring a contractor? Hiring a programmer in-house […]

Choosing App Development Services: Individual Contractor vs. Development Shop

Your business needs an app. You’ll need specialized help to build this app, but before that, you need to know what kind of help you need. Hiring the right person or company to build an app can be daunting. It’s also something that is best done right the first time. Let’s begin with a very […]

Requesting new features for your app

Asking for new or different features in your app can be easier in some cases more than others. If you took our advice in Fixed Price vs. Time and Materials this just comes down to normal courtesy, politeness, and thinking things through. If you didn’t take our advice and signed a SoW with a strict, fixed scope, then […]


The Hidden Costs of Low Quote Dev Shops: Overbooking

Sometimes, selecting an app development shop is like buying a plane ticket. At first, a lower price can be appealing, until you realize the airline has to make its money somewhere, and it’ll probably be a nasty surprise. Much of the time that comes from opaque baggage fees, convenience fees, upgrades, overbooking, and simply cutting […]


Fixed Price vs. Time and Materials

When shopping around for an app, many entrepreneurs balk at trying to do things under a Time and Materials (T&M) agreement. After all, how can you make sure your app stays within budget? Unfortunately, fixed price projects often end up costing more money than T&M. This often comes from one root cause: fixed price projects rarely […]