Chris Guest

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How to Design and Build a Hyper-Fast Test Automation Stack

Why you need real-time end-to-end test automation, and advice for the best products to create it.<p>As a consultant, trainer, author and developer who …

Olympic Proof that Drag Beats Thrust in the Longer Term

And why this matters to your tech company<p>Many of us are inspired by the Olympics at the moment, but as both a specialist in tech innovation and also …

Product Management

Is Your Testing Strategy Back-to-Front?

How to tell if you’re applying quality backwards.<p>As both a consultant specializing in software quality and a maker of test automation tooling, I …

Automated Testing

Showpad closes $50M Series C to keep growing its SaaS sales productivity platform

SaaS startup Showpad which has built a platform designed to improve other businesses’ sales productivity has closed a $50 million Series C funding round, led by Insight Venture Partners — with Insight’s MD Jeff Horing now joining the Showpad board. Existing Showpad investors Dawn Capital and …

Startups

A terrible myth is surrounding millennials and entrepreneurship

The share of people under 30 who own a business has fallen by 65 percent since the 1980s and is now at a quarter-century low, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Federal Reserve data.<p>These statistics go against the typical media portrayal of an American start-up: a phone app built in an …

Entrepreneurship

The Freedom of a Tight Brief

How constraints free innovation<p>Earlier this week Ash Maurya wrote about How constraints create space for innovation. My interpretation is that when …

Indiegogo Could Soon Dominate Equity Crowdfunding

Later this year, Indiegogo will take a giant leap into the new world of equity crowdfunding. And though it has yet to reveal its exact plan, the …

Crowd Funding

Why Snapchat Is the New LinkedIn for Tech Startups | Inc.com

Snapchat's core interaction is simple; users take a picture or video and send that content to select individuals or broadcast that content to all their followers through the platform's <i>Story</i> feature.<p>While Snapchat is by design a communication mobile app platform, it has also evolved into a social …

Startups

The Most Important Job of the Product Owner

Should a Product Manager also do UX? Sure! But they must ensure they do the most critical element of their own job first.<p>Numerous articles have been …

HubSpot’s CRO on the Right Way to Scale Your Team Before You Reach Product Market Fit

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>This is the second part of a two part interview featuring Mark Roberge.</i> <i>You can read the rest of this interview here</i><i>. Mark currently</i> …

How to Find Product/Market Fit

Discover the complete guide to Product/Market Fit, including strategies, explanations and free templates for finding Product/Market Fit for your …

How Do You Know If You've Achieved Product/Market Fit?

Marc Andreessen initially introduced the concept of product/market fit in this post published in 2007. It was an incredibly helpful notion to explain …

Product Management

Why You Should Find Product-Market Fit Before Sniffing Around For Venture Money

When you first start out the only thing that matters is finding a cohort of customers who truly value what you offer. Growth alone means next to nothing.<p>Many early-stage entrepreneurs who come to me for advice love to brag about how fast their companies are growing. To the consumer-focused …

Product Management

Five steps of startup go to-market

Product market fit is achieved by finding the successful intersection of product iteration, competition/market and go-to-market strategy. Finding product market fit (PMF), however, is hard when these three factors confound problem solving in the search for PMF.<p>Fortunately, competition tends to be …

Product Management

How to Growth Hack Your Product Market Fit and Get Customer Attention

What makes growth hacking different from other marketing techniques is that it is focused on finding the most unique, effective, and inexpensive …

Product Management
Product Management

If you really want to be more like a startup, you must optimize for Product/Market Fit.

Every big brand and agency seems to want to act “like a startup.” But that doesn’t mean what they tell you it does.<p>If you work in the corporate or …

The most popular TED Talks of all time

TED Talks

Riding in Audi's 150MPH self-driving RS 7, the anti-Google car

Until last week, the sum of my autonomous driving experience was sitting behind the wheel while a car parked itself, and the sum of my track experience involved squeezing my lanky frame into a comically small go-kart. Audi changed that recently, giving me the opportunity to sit in its self-driving …

The Best User Interfaces Of 2014

In terms of smartphones and tablet interfaces, Google may have stolen 2014 with their landmark Material Design philosophy. But outside of that space, things are about to get weird. Really weird.<p>We sit on the precipice of a war for your face, in which companies like Facebook, Samsung, and Sony are …

Virtual Reality

Stripe is the breakthrough startup of 2014

Patrick and John Collison were walking home from dinner one night in October 2009, talking yet again about their latest idea for an online payments …

Bitsbox Debuts Monthly Coding Projects That Teach Kids To Build Simple Apps

When Bitsbox co-founder Scott Lininger learned to code, it was on a TRS-80 color computer his mom and dad bought him when he was a kid. He says he taught himself coding by copying from the book that came with the computer. Now a dad himself, Lininger wanted to offer his daughter the opportunity to …

Skype Co-Founder Backs Wire, A New Communications App Launching Today On iOS, Android And Mac

Skype co-founder Janus Friis is backing a new communications app called Wire, out now for iOS, Android and Mac OS X. The app itself is the reimagining of how a communications tool like Skype should operate had it been built today. Much of that, in Wire’s case, means under-the-hood improvements that …

Smart garments measure customers’ exact body shape to avoid online clothes returns

Consumers can now buy any type of fashion without hitting the high street, but online stores still have one glaring problem — there’s no true digital equivalent of the fitting room on the web. Ideas such as UPcload — the platform that uses a webcam to take shoppers’ measurements at home — have offered a decent attempt in the past, but now Israel's LikeAGlove uses wearable technology to accurately calculate body shape, automatically showing users which size to buy online. <b>READ MORE…</b>

After Surviving A Wonga Loan, Marvel Raises $820K To Let You Turn Sketches Into App Prototypes

Back in April, Marvel — the UK startup that lets you turn sketches into app “prototypes” — had just one and a half month’s runway left after burning through the majority of a £60,000 investment from Haatch. At one point, the burgeoning company even took out a Wonga payday-style loan to stay afloat …

Amazon Starts Shipping The Fire TV Stick, Its “Fastest Selling” Hardware Yet

Amazon announced this morning that its Chromecast competitor called the Fire TV Stick, which the company also revealed is the “fastest-selling Amazon device ever,” is now shipping to customers on a first-come, first-serve basis. The dongle’s immediately popularity likely came from the introductory …

Mesmerizing Videos of Ballerinas Preparing Their Pointe Shoes

Hours of crunching, sewing, and ripping go into readying a piece of footwear that lasts for just one performance.<p>I think I've found my ASMR trigger: watching YouTube videos of ballet dancers preparing their pointe shoes.<p>Don't get me wrong, I like the actual ballet well enough. But there's something …

Nest's Smart Thermostat and Smoke Detector Just Got Smarter

Nest Labs, which Google recently acquired for $3.2 billion, opened its smart Nest thermostat and smoke detector to developers in June to make more …

Google Announces a New Phone, Tablet, and Android 'Lollipop'

Google announced a few new Nexus devices today—the new Nexus 6 phone, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player, a streaming set-top box for movies …