The rise and fall of programmable hardware startups

The rise and fall of programmable hardware startups

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This post is not about software but hardware. Well, companies that create software to generate hardware that is programmed with software…and why. And how they evolve back to just hardware over the lifetime of the company. The clear vision is…

Getting past snake oil

Getting past snake oil

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If your startup creates truly disruptive technology, the first reaction of potential customers and investors is often: “Forget it. It’s snake oil!” Disbelief. It sounds too good to be true. In case of Vector Fabrics, we created tools to parallelize…

Why development hotboards are hot

Why development hotboards are hot

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Sure, you are running continuous integration with loads of tests, at least every night. But what if a build or test fails? How long does it take your team to get back into ready-to-release mode? Enter the red and green…

Why software startups should hire functional programmers

Why software startups should hire functional programmers

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If you want to conquer the world with high-tech software, you need a world-class team of programmers. Hiring functional programmers is your best bet. Functional programmers? Hackers that make sure the functionality is right? No, I mean programmers that are…

missionary vs evangelical sales

Missionary vs. evangelical technology sales

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Does your product sell like hot cakes? In that case, you can skip to the next post. Yet if your startup sells or aims to sell disruptive technology, you are bound to have a missionary or (even worse) evangelical sales…

Quality?

Bootstrap your software quality while you still can

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Every startup that develops software needs to think about quality. Surely not every startup creates mission critical code or medical software where bugs can kill patients. But as startup, you don’t want to scare away your lead customers and early…

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When is academic research ready for prime time?

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There is a wealth of great ideas and technology in academia. However when it comes down from paper and theory, only very little is actually picked up in the industry and an even smaller portion is successful. To qualify academic…

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3 essentials for founding a startup and why you only need 2

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What do you really need to found a great startup? Most entrepreneurs think a killer idea is what’s needed. And a garage. And a good coffee machine. Investors know any great startup is built three essentials: A great idea; A great founding team;…