Creating Awaiting (Part 1)
At Vaporware, we’re constantly looking for ways to help people and businesses be more efficient with their time and resources. One of the biggest challenges we’ve seen during 2020’s pandemic was how businesses could safely reopen with new capacity limits and policies in place to ensure a safe environment for their employees and customers.
Disrupting with Less Software
Last week, I discussed the benefits of incremental change over pivotal change. I was remiss in remembering Clayton Christensen, who passed late January, and his work on disruptive innovation, which has had a profound effect on our work at Vaporware. To correct that here is a relevant article to the disruption of healthcare by Clayton from...
Product Management, Article
Is Custom Software Right for My Organization? - 7 Questions to Help You Decide
We get asked the question a lot…”Is custom software right for me?” or “Why do companies create custom software?” Plenty of businesses come to Vaporware to look for custom software, but we take on a very small percentage. Why? Because custom software isn’t right for them. Custom software solutions are ongoing investments. Custom software can only be successful and beneficial if the right qualifications are in place. Our goal is to help businesses make the right decision for their company. Pragmatic Marketing and others have outlined the discussion under the common phrase “...
Philosophies from the Top Software Companies
As a founder of a startup company, you’d want to know what your company would look like in 5 - 50 years from now. You’re probably constantly asking, “What am I really creating?” “What’s the purpose?” To answer those questions, we can look at the people that have come before us to find inspiration and see what feels right and familiar. We’re inspired everyday by the success and innovation of large companies - while also aspiring to achieve similar success one day with our own company. If we take a closer look into companies’ singular purpose and supporting...
Lean Startup Mistakes Everyone Makes (& How to Rectify Them)
If you follow entrepreneurs, startups, development companies, or Eric Ries then you’ve probably heard of the Lean Startup Process. Popularized by Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup and commonly discussed through the startup community. Buzzwords such as “MVP” and “Pivot” are often haphazardly applied when implementing the Lean Startup Process as the company business plan. In ...
Finding Your Perfect Development Partner
Looking for a technical partner is, more often than not, a complex process. In a previous blog post, we provided a checklist of technical partner interview questions to help guide your search (you can check that post out here). Now that you know the right questions to ask prospective partners, let's talk about what TYPES of partners there are. When determining which type of partnership is right for you, there is a lot to consider, but ultimately, the largest difference between every provider is their alignment to your mission and goals. If you have the technical stuff down,...
Triangle Startup Weekend Giveaway
Our last blog post focused on those #OfficeHours we are always tweeting about. If you still haven’t set up a time to chat with us - well, now is the time! We’ve got an awesome giveaway for those who come to office hours. There are no strings attached - we’ll help you with whatever you need. That guy below is one of Vaporware’s founders. His name is Dan and he is one of the judges during ...
Technical Partner Interview Checklist
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 our eBook that is packed with information about technical partners (types, evaluating, comparisons, etc). How do you validate your work? A good answer provides a lot of details on their process of insuring they have solid development practices and test...
Product Management, Article
Why is Feedback Important for your MVP?
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...
Product Management, Article
Top 5 Mistakes Founders Make with an MVP
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...