When a startup needs to recruit staff, it becomes the candidate

When a startup needs to recruit staff, it becomes the candidate

As your startup grows, you'll need to start hiring. How do you conduct interviews for your startup to help you recruit the best candidates?

If you're been following this startup diary, you might recognise that as a trick question. Traditional interviews are a low information ritual at best, and a serious waste of everybody's time at worst. Time, more than money, is your most precious resource when you are building a company.

Why functionality beats polish all day long

Why functionality beats polish all day long

My startup is building our Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and this startup diary will give you a ringside seat as we go from broken pieces on the floor to a live web site with mobile apps. I've written previously in this diary about the process we are using to build the MVP. We have a weekly demo meeting, where everybody shows their work. This keeps the process honest and gives everybody a feel for the true state of the software system.

The dos and don'ts of getting a grant for your business

The dos and don'ts of getting a grant for your business

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an Irish entrepreneur in possession of a good idea must be in want of state aid. However little known the business plans of such a person, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of friends and family, that he or she is told to consider any and all available grants to be their rightful property.

Writing a book is a great tactic for your startup plan

Writing a book is a great tactic for your startup plan

This startup diary aims to document my decisions and their consequences for the startup that I am building. One decision, to defer software development until we had some validation from marketing activities (primarily publishing a newsletter) means that we are only now starting to build the product, and we are already four months in. That is frustrating.

We hit target with strategy switch - now exponential growth is a must

We hit target with strategy switch - now exponential growth is a must

In this startup diary I report on the good and bad things that happen to the business as it grows. I messed up the choice of name, and we're working on a new name. Lesson: you need to validate the sound of your name when it is spoken. Word of mouth is pretty important.

Forget big deadlines and 1.0 versions - just keep developing your product and testing user reaction every week

Forget big deadlines and 1.0 versions - just keep developing your product and testing user reaction every week

I started writing this startup diary as a way to make better business decisions. It has clarified my thinking and I hope it has provided you with some insight into the choices that a startup faces. 2018 will be a decisive year for our startup, so let's get back to work!

Yes, the company name I chose is unpronounceable - but best is yet to come

Yes, the company name I chose is unpronounceable - but best is yet to come

This is the last startup diary entry for 2017. We've had 12 entries so far, each one documenting our progress in real time.

I write about my decisions as CEO as they happen, as I make them with the data that I have. There is no sugar coating. This is not a self-serving ghost-written autobiography. It is a decision-journal.

It's purpose is threefold: to let you observe a startup from genesis to product-market fit and beyond; to allow me review and analyse my decision-making after the fact, and thus hopefully free from subjective bias; and to provide a radically open forum for internal and external communication. At year end, let's review how this has all worked out.

How 'playbooks' can prevent remote working staff becoming estranged

How 'playbooks' can prevent remote working staff becoming estranged

In this startup diary I'm documenting my decisions as I go.

Whether I ultimately succeed or fail, it should offer a more accurate view into the decisions that anyone faces when building a technology company in Ireland. I can't unpublish these articles to embellish history, which is the problem with many success stories told after the fact.