Why You Need a Minimum Viable Product Before Devleopment

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By Tommy Johnson

There are plenty of things entrepreneurs need to do before jumping into development – it all starts with a great Minimum Viable Product. A minimum viable product is key when creating a tech startup. Hundreds of entrepreneurs come to VentureStorm with an idea, claiming they need a software developer to bring it to life, but when my team and I ask about their product they freeze. New entrepreneurs get stuck in a loop of finding a pain point, generating an idea, and then attempting to build a product immediately. Our next few posts will discuss the need for an MVP and how to get started. Continue reading

4 Resources Every New Entrepreneur Needs

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By Tommy Johnson

This was written after consulting with multiple friends and colleagues to help them successfully startup with minimal entrepreneur resources. I hope it offers you the benefits they received; and if you really like it, share it with others so they have the resources they need!

There is an abundance of entrepreneur resources available, you just need to know where to look and which to use. Listening to great podcasts and reading informative books can easily expand your knowledge and experiences outside of your day-to-day life. Feel free to reach out to me with questions about additional topics at the email below. Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship Is Like Terraforming Mars

By Taylor Johnson

“At some point, everything’s gonna go south on you… everything’s going to go south and you’re going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem… and you solve the next one… and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home” – Mark Watney: Space Pirate Continue reading

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A Community for Innovators and Makers

By Tyler Denk

Every overly ambitious entrepreneur claims their idea is entirely novel and unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. Although it’s possible, the odds are against them. The truth is, someone somewhere has thought of that exact idea. Even more likely, there’s probably already several companies doing something similar…the key word there being similar. Continue reading

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Highlight Your Day with Line A Day

By Tyler Denk

Ben Taragin, a sophomore at the University of Maryland, came up for the concept of Line A Day when he took a gap year and studied abroad after graduating high school.

“I was experiencing something great and memorable, but I was not able to fully capture the moment or experiences by just writing it down in a notebook or ordinary journal”, Taragin said. “Within the first few months of my gap year I knew I wanted to create some type of journal-like app, but I had no idea how to create it due to my lack of knowledge in computer science.” Continue reading

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Addressing the Issue of the Lack of Diversity in Tech

By Oluwatimilehin Dayo-kayode

This time last weekend, I was a participant at MLH Prime, the invite-only, spring finale hackathon of the Major League Hacking 2016 Spring season. While I was awed the whole time mostly due to the extremely cool venue-Bell Labs in NJ-and the sheer volume of skill and talent condensed in the building, I couldn’t help noticing just how little of my race I saw at the event. Continue reading

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Tricks of the (Mid)Trade

By Ben Harris

In the fall of his junior year at the United States Naval Academy, Andy Bonn stared at the snowboard sitting in his dorm. Looking to sell it, he counted his limited options.

Craigslist, the Internet’s premier classified advertising site, wouldn’t work; students at the service academy aren’t allowed off campus during the week, and only upperclassmen are allowed cars. Continue reading

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Wearing the Bay, and Wearing it Proudly

By Ben Harris

The Brooks Brothers lifted their famous sheep-suspended-in-a-ribbon logo from a 15th century knighthood.

Lacoste products are emblazoned with a crocodile after French tennis superstar Rene Lacoste wagered a crocodile-skin suitcase on a 1925 Davis Cup match.

Vineyard Vines’ logo is such because a carved wooden whale hung above the founding brothers’ childhood front door. Continue reading