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Technical Partner Interview Checklist

By: MacKenzie Smith
February 20th, 2017

Having trouble getting the tech work done with your startup? Maybe it's time to hire some higher-level strategic help - time to hire a technical partner. We've made a handy checklist of the questions and answers you should (or shouldn't) be looking for when interviewing technical partners. This is also a small preview for an upcoming ebook that will be packed with information about technical partners (types, evaluating, comparisons, etc).

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Why is Feedback Important for your MVP?

By: MacKenzie Smith
February 10th, 2017

Feedback [feed-bak] noun: A reaction or response to a particular process or activity. The word "feedback" often causes an automatic kick-back reaction and becomes the root cause of therapy visits. It's like all of our traumatizing memories from grade school papers and assignments covered in red pen hurls itself back up to taunt us and say "not good enough". Although we're not in grade school anymore, feedback remains a constant in our lives, and has only gotten more complex. Feedback today comes in the form of surveys, user data, conversion funnels, net promoter scores, etc. This feedback is so much more valuable for us now, because instead of grades it's dollar on the lines. If you're an entrepreneur launching a product for the first time, it's time to face the big red pen wielding world.

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Technical MVP Tips For The Non-Technical Startup Founder

Technical MVP Tips For The Non-Technical Startup Founder

Whatever your experience and background, your ideas and goals can be brought to life with the right execution strategy.
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Top 5 Mistakes Non-Technical Founders Make with their Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

By: MacKenzie Smith
February 2nd, 2017

Imagine that you're finally getting things off the ground and developing your MVP. It's a rough version, which an MVP is supposed to be. You're aiming to it out quickly and on a small budget. As the project progresses, you may run into a few common pitfalls that unfortunately, risk putting your project at a stalemate. Our blog post on MVP tips for success is a great place to start if you haven't gotten to the point of making mistakes yet! Don't let pitfalls deter progress for your MVP. We have made a list of the top 5 mistakes founders make when creating their Minimum Viable Product. The most surprising part of the list? It's that none of these mistakes stem from technical errors!

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Technical MVP Tips for the Non-Technical Founder

By: MacKenzie Smith
January 26th, 2017

Do you have an idea for an app but aren't quite sure where to start? Are you looking to create a scalable company and be the CEO or leader, and need the technical role filled by others? Unsure of where to start with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)? Your time and money are severely limited when starting a business, so creating an MVP will give you the most bang for your buck. Your Minimal Viable Product will give you just enough features to enable you to send your product and get feedback to move forward with your development. You don't want to spend days creating a product just to find out that everything needs to be changed based on the feedback you receive. Many developers, including Vaporware, uses the Lean Startup Model (see below) as the scientific approach to launching a MVP. This model eliminates uncertainty and helps you work smarter not harder. Not technical? Take a deep breath. You don't have to be technical to build a Minimum Viable Product. In working with idealists like you, we've identified common mistakes to avoid and 7 tips to help you get started building your MVP. You don't have to learn the hard way. Read this first...

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Is your Minimum Viable Product really minimum?

By: Dan Moore
January 19th, 2017

Having consulted with over 30 startups in the last 3 years, we have experienced working with entrepreneurs that have never launched a company or product before into the marketplace.

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How to Define the Features of your App

By: Dan Moore
October 25th, 2016

You've created the next Facebook. Billions of users are logging into your app every month to get the latest news and updates from the world -- but you didn't always have this success. What were the first two features that you launched?

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The bottom line

By: Dan Moore
May 2nd, 2016

What will my complete app cost for Vaporware to build it? The majority of the applications that are built today are not inventing new technologies but are using proven technologies to deliver innovative experiences. For these applications, software apps are the core of a User Experience that is highly scalable and therefore profitable. But if you're looking to build one of these apps, how much should you expect to invest by the time it's complete?

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apprentice | development | testing

Rails Feature Tests With RSpec and Capybara-Webkit

By: Robert Cox
February 8th, 2016

Using RSpec and Capybara-Webkit provide a great workflow for writing feature tests for your rails application.  This allows you to write automated tests that are simulating page visits, clicks, filling out forms, etc.  This can be extremely valuable in that it is checking every layer of code behind the processes that you instruct it to perform.

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A Focus on User Experience

By: Dan Moore
August 30th, 2015

Here at Vaporware, we're focused on delivering the right products to markets in short deliverable sprints. All products, including minimally viable ones, require the right team of people coming together in a streamlined fashion to deliver on the business goals.

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An Open Source Project for the Triangle Community

By: Dan Moore
June 29th, 2015

Vaporware is heavily involved in our local community. Free office hours, sponsoring events, and online tutoring are just a few of the ways we're committed to growing the community that created our company -- The Triangle Region of North Carolina.

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