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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17 Dec 2015

How LaunchDarkly’s Culture Inspires Its Product

Silicon Valley is known for its innovative work culture that cultivates employee happiness and promotes a harmonious work environment.  That’s all well and good, but does it translate into a great product?

I would argue that many companies promote an exciting ‘super duper awesome’ work environment, but have a hard time channeling that culture into a successful product.   Here, I’d like to discuss how we take this innovative culture and channel it into a successful product by promoting three core tenants.

  • Intellectual Curiosity – A culture of continuous intellectual growth allows everyone on the team to contribute to every aspect of the product, from marketing to design.  You are encouraged to learn, to adapt, and to challenge yourself and your teammates.  “What if’s” are encouraged and “dissent” is channeled through hypotheses and curiosity.  Product direction is shaped by the interplay of curiosity and discourse, even if you are not a domain expert in the subject at hand.
  • Reciprocated Support – Everyone on the team works for each other.  If I work on the weekend, it’s not because I have to or because I have a deadline, it’s because I want to.  Because I feel continuously supported, I reciprocate by trying to make everyone else’s workload easier and provide any benefit I can. We each have each others’ back, and that’s an inspiring feeling to have.
  • Vision Driven Development – While ultimately we are looking to be a successful business, we also truly believe that we are making things better and easier.  I find it very easy to pour my energy into something I truly believe in, rather than just something I feel will make money.

When you have a team that gels so well together, the product creates itself and reflects those values.  When each individual is held to a high standard, the product is held to a high standard.  Being proud of what you create is essential to a successful product.  We are proud of the work we do and we channel that pride to, not only make life better for our customers, but for each other.



01 Oct 2015

LaunchDarkly on ProductHunt

We’re thrilled to be on ProductHunt today! We’re happy to have more software teams discover the power of LaunchDarkly to help them build better software, faster.

Here are ten ways you can use LaunchDarkly:

  1. Run beta programs on your live application by explicitly including the people you want to see a new feature
  2. Quickly turn off a poorly performing feature
  3. Allow users to opt-in for early access to new features
  4. Do phased rollouts to percentages of your users to verify there are no scalability issues.
  5. Protect features from users by excluding them from ever seeing them – for example, excluding anyone from TechCrunch from seeing new functionality
  6. Run A/B tests of features to see which perform better.
  7. Control subscription plans by bundling features flags into plans
  8. Show expert users and beginner users different features entirely
  9. Put portions (or your entire application) into maintenance mode
  10. Cleanly sunset old, unused features

If you have any questions, we’re happy to answer – you can use Intercom, or email us at support@launchdarkly.com