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Our first hackathon

We ran our first 30-hour hackathon just before Christmas, and it was a huge success, with nine projects across the company.

The best design and user research tools for startups

Validating your idea and finding product-market fit are often the hardest parts of the startup journey. Thankfully there are plenty of tools to help you brainstorm, test your ideas, talk to customers, and learn what they want.

10 effective, simple ways to get great product feedback from early customers

Working on a new product? I have one word of advice: talk to your users. Building a new product from scratch is hard, but early adopters are often super willing to give you feedback.

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5 ways to make user research part of your team’s daily life

In this article we’ll cover some simple techniques to get more stakeholders and team members participating in user research.

Reflecting on 2018 — what we achieved, learned, and struggled with while starting our startup

12 months ago, Dovetail was a brand new product with a handful of features and users. Now we have hundreds of happy customers and thousands of active users. Here’s our year in review.

How to attract visitors to your startup’s website

This guide introduces common marketing channels that help to drive traffic to your website, like social media, content marketing, SEO, paid advertising, referrals, and more.

Dovetail awarded Jobs for NSW startup grant to fund automated analysis features

Dovetail has been awarded a $25,000 Minimum Viable Product grant from Jobs for NSW in Sydney, Australia. We’re putting this funding towards a product development investment in automated analysis features.

Applying Intel’s Tick-Tock model to software development

The ‘tick-tock model’ was an approach used by Intel to alternate between improvement and innovation every 12–18 months.

Lessons from the trenches of pricing

If everything’s going well and your startup is still alive, at some point you will need to monetise. This article covers some of the lessons we’ve learned trying to monetise our MVP.

Taking the plunge on your startup

A write-up of my experience finding a co-founder, going full time, and ‘pivoting’ the product.

Outsourcing your startup’s MVP

Compromising is part of product design, and often the compromise is cutting scope. Cutting scope is better than compromising on quality. (Quality being defined as design, usability, stability, and performance.).

Thoughts on discovering a startup idea and validating it

If you are building a startup then you have an idea. Ideas are usually formed by observing a problem, whether it’s one that you have, or a problem someone else has.

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