The Startup Tech Guide
Your early stage startup technical resource.
If your startup is in the launch or growth stage, this guide will help you make smart technical choices. If you don’t have a technical cofounder and you can’t hire a full time technical leader, this guide is for you.
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The Startup Tech Guide has hours of video that covers 12 essential areas of your business that a CTO or Technical Advisor provides. Also included are worksheets to help apply lessons to your business and give you actionable steps immediately.
Minimum Viable Product Definition
Discover the quickest path to deliver your great idea. Learn strategies you can use to ensure your product can reach your target audience. Reduce the requirements of your product to be as lean as possible.
Get your technical and non-technical teams to speak the same language. Find the right project management tools and processes to support your business. Learn how to get teams to challenge and support each other.
Choosing Your Technical Platform and Tools
Find the right platforms and tools you and your team can use for your product development and delivery and understand their costs. Learn the pros and cons of different programming languages and why you should choose one over another.
Regulatory and Email Requirements
What do you need to do to fulfill compliance requirements for regional laws? Understand PCI Compliance when it comes to processing payments. Understand data processing laws such as GDPR. Learn about CAN-SPAM and proper mailing rules.
Building Your Technical Teams
Decide if you should hire or outsource and understand the reasons for both. Perform a technical interview even if you are not technical. Identify the personality traits that are positive and toxic. Ensure you are supporting your technical teams on a personal level. Handle unique language and time zone challenges.
Measuring For Success
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Identify key metrics that you should look for in your product and use these metrics to quantify improvement. Use measurements in your team’s productivity to ensure you are progressing at the right pace.
Engineering Best Practices
Learn the behaviors of successful engineering and development teams. Put processes in place to optimize your engineering efforts. Understand how to reduce the potential for human error by automating your technical workflows.
Launching Your Product
Perform the actions needed to ensure a successful product launch. Design your pre-launch checklist. Figure out what to do when things go wrong. Understand how to use a retrospective to start iterating on your product.
Creating an Amazing Company Culture
Create a culture without faking it. Build your company’s core values. Create more value from your company by contributing to others. Support and promote your team members to create something special in the World.
Pivoting and Adapting To Change
Sometimes your assumptions are wrong. Learn how to adapt. When the World changes, have processes in place that can help you change with it.
Learn what is the cloud and how can you leverage it for your business to succeed. Know who are the major cloud vendors and how can you get started with their platform. Get their services for free by leveraging free credits. Build partnerships and grow your customers.
Identify the key technical requirements you need to be successful when raising capital. Understand and prepare for the audits that will take place. Increase the value of your intellectual property so you can get the best evaluation.
About The Author
I’m Taylor Dondich and I have 20 years of experience working in technology. I started my career as a software engineer and grew into leadership positions. My goal has always been to work with startups who are in launch or growth mode and build amazing teams and product. I’ve been part of two successful exits (an IPO and an acquisition). I always strive to put the importance on personal contribution in the organization. I’m taking all the experience I’ve gained and making that knowledge available to you. Don’t have a technical cofounder? Learn the important points so you can move forward.