27 Jul 2017

To Be Continuous: Celebrating Failure, Founder Guilt, Serial Entrepreneurs, Startup Myths, The Everything Else Person

In the latest episode of To Be Continuous, Edith and Paul discuss a medley of start-up pertinent topics. Paul wonders whether the pendulum has swung too far the other way, with too many startups now glorifying failure.

They also examine ways of coping with founder guilt and dispel some common myths about life in a startup. Finally, they examine the invaluable role of the “Everything Else” person in start-ups. This is episode #35 in the To Be Continuous podcast series all about continuous delivery and software development.

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17 Jul 2017

To Be Continuous: Common Developer Monetization Mistakes

In the latest episode of To Be Continuous, Edith and Paul examine how monetization approaches vary depending on the developer market you’re in.

They discuss how developer markets can be divided into four spaces and examine the companies operating in each space. They also consider the pitfalls of startups that push their product in too many directions and consider how to go about evaluating the threat of Amazon cloning your service. This is episode #34 in the To Be Continuous podcast series all about continuous delivery and software development.

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28 Jun 2017

To Be Continuous: Giving Founders Feedback, Outsourcing Early Development, Giving Gifts, Flat Orgs, Hacker News Comments

In the latest episode of To Be Continuous, Edith and Paul discuss 5 topics that are relevant to most startups. They first examine how you can constructively tell someone that their startup sucks. They then look at why it’s a bad idea to outsource early stage development. They also discuss what makes a good gift and delve into the downsides of flat organizational structures. Paul also shares his impression that Hacker News comments are becoming too Redditified. This is episode #33 in the To Be Continuous podcast series all about continuous delivery and software development.

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16 Jun 2017

To Be Continuous: Finding Co-Founders, Engineers vs. Artists, Funding Napkin, NPS, Hiring

In the latest episode of To Be Continuous, Edith and Paul discuss 5 topics that are top of mind at most startups. First, they examine approaches for finding a good co-founder. Next, they delve into Michael Dearing’s course on the artistic side of engineering. They then move on to discuss the SaaS Funding Napkin and why 27% of companies that raise series A have no revenue. They also share their experiences using Net Promoter Scores and consider the pros and cons of hiring fast vs slowly. This is episode #32 in the To Be Continuous podcast series all about continuous delivery and software development.

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02 May 2017

To Be Continuous: When Toasters Broke The Internet

In the latest episode of To Be Continuous, Edith and Paul discuss the massive DDoS attack against Dyn, a major DNS provider, in late 2016. They examine the security flaw that enabled millions of IoT devices to be hijacked and discuss how it could have been avoided.

They conclude that to minimize such attacks, all devices that connect to the internet should have easily updatable firmware, and that the IoT industry needs greater regulation. This is episode #31 in the To Be Continuous podcast series all about continuous delivery and software development.

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05 Apr 2017

To Be Continuous: How To Interview

In the latest episode of To Be Continuous, Edith and Paul examine why traditional hiring methods are failing. They discuss flaws of interviewing such as the interviewer’s bias toward pattern matching, and the impossibility of getting a true representation of a candidate through an interview setting.

They explore various forms of dysfunction observed at tech companies today and consider what it takes to build a cohesive team at a startup. This is episode #30 in the To Be Continuous podcast series all about continuous delivery and software development.

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