We are heavily into the startup community:-
Startups need commitment, technical expertise, and an appetite for trying different approaches.
Most software consultancies only think about the bottom line.
We recognise the importance of getting up and running.
We can build scalable websites but will build at the right level first off.
We have worked with the MVC framework to complete our websites, client websites, and client Intranet solutions.
Unfortunately, many developers build inflexible websites that can't scale or need radical overhauling.
It is better to build a website first unless you need specific device functionality.
We would recommend getting app developers if you want to go down the mobile app first but let us build the database and web services.
Websites are only part of the solution, we have expert skills in building databases and knowing the upscaling pathway.
We build reusability into everything we do, individually it can take slightly longer but collectively the solution fits.
We can only base this from our own experience and from our network of collaborators. It is up to you to make your own decisions and live by them.
Being a manager gives you a sense of responsibility to find the right people for the job. Finding the wrong person is unlikely to lead to your dismissal as employing somebody is rarely one person's sole decision. Finding the wrong person in a startup will:-
Finding the right person will
You must be unwavering in your efforts to create your startup. Unless you are lucky enough to find the right person - and even if you do it doesn't mean you can slack off, you must always keep momentum up. That means always putting a minimum number of hours effort in a week, thinking ahead. You must also put in a maximum number of hours effort in a week for the majority of the time.
Don't be too self-scathing – it takes a very long time.
Hopefully, all of us reading this article have had a fulltime role. We forget that SME's to larger sized organisations whilst not perfect, have set their structures up to be as efficient as possible. They have teams dedicated to serving the business. The larger organisations also accept there are roles that don't necessarily make money.
When trying to startup don't be too harsh on yourself or others. One way we found to help balance out the pressure of trying to deliver was to install Wunderlist. There may be better collaboration tools but setting your own mini milestones helps you focus on delivery. It easy to forget that we as an IT consultancy are often employed on 6 month contracts because that is how long a piece of work can take.
Society has been conditioned to believe that the daily 9-5 – (when has it ever been that?) is the norm. Ever since Henry T Ford mechanised production lines and significantly raised the standards of living for his workers we haven't looked back.
Our brains have been conditioned to fear risk and uncertainty and there will be no shortage of friends, family, co-workers, news articles, documentaries telling you to get a job.
Of course, these same people have been refused promotions, pay rises, bonuses, have lost jobs and seen their salaries decline in real terms for decades now.
Startups drift, require a lot of testing of ideas, and many components may never get released. This is part of the process. Startups probably take around 80 percent of their time thrashing and 20 percent of their time reaching a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). If you have spent 2 years building components part time, expect it to take at least another 6 months part time to finish the MVP.
It is for this reason that we only took time out to finish our project once we felt were in the 20 percent delivery phase of the project.