Doorways: The killer of ideas and how to save them

Ever get up to refill your coffee cup at work and had a thought sneak into your mind – the solution to a problem you’ve been having for some time and you think, that’s really a great idea!  I should tell the team! By the time you get back to your desk, you’ve stopped to […]

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Launching Leantime 2.0

Sometimes, you get lucky and your first version is the right version.  Sometimes, that first version teaches you a lot about yourself, your product, and where you want to go.  It was a great time, great experience and good for you. That was Leantime 1.0 for us.  Leantime 1.0 was our first push into the […]

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Is Opinionated Software the Future of Project Management?

In 2000, two psychologists based out of California released a study article regarding choice.  Their study set up a display of jam offerings. On one instance, they would offer 24 jam varieties and on another only 6. On the day that 24 jam varieties were offered, 60% of people stopped by to sample the jams. […]

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Beyond Startup: The Lean Canvas for Business Development

Lean is Business Development. Most people are familiar with Lean because of Toyota Manufacturing; this concept of eliminating waste, increasing efficiency and improving profits was revolutionary in the business world.  Move forward in time and Eric Ries made popular the principles of Lean by applying them to starting a business.  This idea around the high failure […]

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Entrepreneurs: Are you a Shark when it comes to Business?

If you’ve seen the television show Shark Tank, you may have some idea of what an entrepreneur could look like.   Successful entrepreneurs are like “swimming with sharks.”  There’s something to learn from this idea of sharks –  the investing entrepreneurs have been thought of as predatory, conquering, and large in their target markets and business practices.  Successful. […]

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5 Considerations for CEOs when Creating Your Startup Culture

As we’ve begun to add team members to the party here at Leantime, I find that we’re stopping to talk more and more about our startup culture. We’re deciding what Leantime looks like on the inside.  New team members can make or break your current culture and change the way the team relates.  We’re in the […]

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Getting Startup Traction: Our Day 1 Betalist Experience

trac·tion ˈtrakSH(ə)n/ – noun – the extent to which a product, idea, etc., gains popularity or acceptance. “analysts predicted that the technology would rapidly gain traction in the corporate market.” – Google So you’ve started the Lean canvas and you’re using Eric Ries’ Lean Startup as your bible.  You’ve talked to customers, validated, proven your assumptions and hypothesis […]

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Goal: Changing the Culture around Women Founders

“Women shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves forward.” – Sarah Wood, Cofounder and COO of Unruly Media. What is it about being a woman that changes your investability within the Startup, Venture Capital, and Angel investor communities?  According to Mashable.com in their blog article, “The 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Women Owned Businesses,” “Despite […]

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Startups: Not For the Faint of Heart

Every now and then, as I watch my online “news feeds” go by, I notice this trend of recycling “Entrepreneurship is hard” theme go by.  Titles range from “the 10 worst things about owning your own business” to “How to Weather the Storms of a Startup.”  We’ve read the statistics.  We manage the late nights. […]

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When is Failure An Option?

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Einstein. Corporate America, Big Business Models and the like, would have us to believe that success is the most important element.  The bottom line, the customer acquisitions, the features and functions of our products… those must all be amazing. There can be […]

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