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What Programming Language Should I Use to Build a Startup?

Often entrepreneurs ask me 'What technology should I build my startup on?' There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It's a decision every company makes for itself, depending on what it's trying to build and the skills of its cofounders. Nonetheless, there are a few rules that one should adhere to. We discuss them in this blog post.

Incident Response Policy

What happens in your company when a production incident occurs? Usually in a typical startup, you will see engineers running around frantically trying to resolve the problem. However, as soon as the incident is resolved, they forget about it and go back to their usual business. A good incident response policy can help bring order into chaos. We provide a sample template in this blog post.

Why Software Deadlines Never Make Sense

We discuss why software deadlines usually don't make sense.

Analyzing Front-End Performance With Just a Browser

We discuss a number of freely available online tools which can be used to analyze bottlenecks in your website.

Why Smaller Businesses Can't Ignore Security and How They Can Achieve It On a Budget

In this article, we show that security is both important and achievable for smaller companies without breaking a bank.

Friday, June 5, 2015

A good team exercise for building trust

Trust is at the foundation of highly efficient teams in companies. If team members have no trust towards one another, they will not be able to openly debate problems. And if they are not able to debate problems, then good decisions will not be made (since everyone will follower the leader without any critical thinking).

There is a very good exercise that helps build trust and understanding among team members. During a team meeting, ask each person to answer four questions:

1. In 30 seconds, describe what you are working on.
2. Where did you grow up?
3. How many kids were in your family?
4. What was the most difficult challenge that you had to overcome in childhood?

At the end of this exercise, you will be surprised about things you didn't know about people you may have been working with for a long time. And it will help you to trust them and work with them better.