After founding 3 SaaS ventures myself and participating in dozens more I’ve noticed that in almost every case, non-technical founders encounter lots of challenges along the road to building their SaaS products. This article is intended to help make the journey easier by demystifying some of the essential architectural decisions non-technical founders and their teams will need to make when developing SaaS applications.
Product development in startups can be compared to navigating seas filled with icebergs — what you see above the surface (your user interface) can be beautiful and precisely what you want it to be. …
There are periods in your life that you remember above all. Perhaps it’s when you first met your significant other, when your child was born or when you were part of an accomplished group in sports or business.
What I am about to describe is one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. Besides the health benefits, I discovered essential things about myself I never thought possible, forged incredible friendships, and felt alive and exuberant for each of the 90 days it lasted.
Like many people, I am prone to stress-induced eating and have suffered from high blood pressure since I was 21. I’ve had periods where I was able to muster the will-power to drop weight, get in shape, and improve my health, but holding on to that state was always hard to do. Over the last 15 years, I have been able to make working out a part of my daily activity. I started road cycling and then weight-lifting. Four years ago, I became a Peloton fan and since accumulated nearly 700 rides. …
All startups are inherently risky — no matter how great an idea is. Too often does the idea of startup risk get glorified. The old adage “big risk equals big reward” may help one in a million at the roulette wheel. However, it’s a fail-sure way to approach building a company.
Great founders and entrepreneurs don’t spend their time taking on significant risks. They spend their time actively minimizing every identifiable risk as to de-risk the opportunities they are pursuing.
Think of it like this; you’re starting a company and need a CTO. Want to take a significant risk to maximize your reward? Hire someone for minimum wage who has never been an engineer! If they work out and deliver on technology, you’ll have saved $100,000’s and have your fantastic product. …