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Not to be like Ron Wayne

Not to be like Ron Wayne

History remembers only the winners - fools end up on its archives. The best example of this is Ron Wayne. He was the now forgotten partner of two famous Steves - Jobs and Wozniak. The difference between them was small, yet crucial: Jobs and Wozniak believed that their Startup would achieve greatness and because of that they had a great impact on the fate of IT. Wayne didn’t have enough faith.

The Founders of Apple

Ronald Wayne was the owner of 10% of shares in Apple. However, in 1976 (almost at Apple’s peak moment) he doubted his company, so being ...

Will 2015 be the year of medical and children education apps?

Will 2015 be the year of medical and children education apps?

If you take a look at the startup scene you might notice it resembles a big anthill. There are lots of startup ideas but only a few will turn out to be successful. According to Y Combinator Startup School founder Paul Graham, as much as 511 companies have attended startup school out of which only 37 have thrived. The ones that made it were the ones that were able to predict the expectations of the market and knew how to proceed in order to meet them. We are no psychics but we keep up with the world’s newest startup ...

How to find a great web development agency for startups?

How to find a great web development agency for startups?

If you’re a non-technical founder starting a new tech business finding the right tech partner may seem horrifying. With hundreds of companies out there it’s difficult to filter out those  reputable and trustworthy ones and the research plus selection process may take ages if conducted improperly. What’s the best company size? Should you go for a local or offshore agency? How to check if a dev shop is good for startups? 

Here are few tips on what to pay attention to when browsing web consultancies’ websites:

1. Specialisation

The majority of software companies work on all types ...

5 quick and cost-effective ways of building your application prototype

5 quick and cost-effective ways of building your application prototype

More and more people start their adventure with entrepreneurship recently and although they are all connected by common aspirations each founder-to-be has a different set of circumstances and constraints that affects his decision making. Because of that there is no universal solution to building a prototype successfully, everyone needs to make an individual decision based on what is possible in a given situation. By far the most common restrictions that entrepreneurs mention to me are: time and budget. That’s why I put together a summary of the most efficient approaches to prototyping, depending on how much time and money ...

Should you start?

Should you start?

Many times we hear people talking about these brilliant ideas for business they have. Then, we meet them again after five years and guess what? They still have brilliant ideas, they wish they could realize. If you feel like one of those dreamers it's high time to stop talking and start doing.

Be clear on your motivation

Before quitting your job and starting a new, better, entrepreneurial life in a wooden shed in your parent's backyard, ask yourself WHY do you want to start. Going into business for the wrong reasons is one of the most commonly committed ...

How to compete in a startup jungle?

How to compete in a startup jungle?

No. of new company registrations in 2013.

Founding a startup became the new ‘I’m in a band’ thing. Considering the fact there were over 500,0001 new companies registered in 2013 in UK alone, ‘startup movement’ is a phenomenon that is hard to miss.

One can wonder if it’s still possible to be successful with such a fierce competition, is it worth giving it a go? The answer is: yes. The huge number of new company formations shouldn’t scare you as - like in school - there is always going to be a difference in achievements among students ...

Here’s to the constraints - StartupWorks story.

Here’s to the constraints! Limited budgets, passing time, scarcity of resources. Here's to the disparities, financial crises and growing competition. To all the things that require us to be more efficient, more innovative and more creative. They challenge us, they make us think, they motivate us. You can laugh at them, shout at them or try to cheat them but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. And while some may see them as impediments we see empowerment. Because once you learn how to embrace them, you’ve got the future in your hands.1 ...