Can I help you? If yes, here is how:

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Help is a very powerful human connection. World had benefited a lot from a helping each other. Help in the form of doing things for you with my skills. Here are few of my skills you can make use of:

  1. I can write some computer code which may be help you automate your small task.
  2. I can brainstorm with you on the design/architecture of your software
  3. I can work with data and help you search few records, Excel and SQL are my strength.
  4. I can teach programming basics to you.
  5. I run a business, so I can share any beginner’s guidance with my hands on experience
  6. I can do research on Internet and find related information and create a report for you.
  7. I can watch a presentation video on YouTube and write notes on take away from it.
  8. I can discuss with you on software project management like Agile and Lean.
  9. I can create simple digital diagrams or how to guide. (click here for example)
  10. I can write a help document for your web based software.

Drop me an email @ vikram@73bit.com My name is Vikram Shetty. Director, 73Bit (www.73bit.com)

Happy Helping!

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Work Breakdown Tests

We think Test Driven Development is powerful and It can be used as a tool in a different way to get the distributed product development done.

So here is our experiment. This is how it will work. The idea is we will give you a set of Tests and you have to reply us with production source code by making the test pass. The problem statement will be from real world product.

So if you are interested than drop an email to confiablesolutions@gmail.com and we will share the Test file.

What’s in it for you?

That is a legit question, We are a firm believer in Agile methodology and Lean Principles.

We also believe that in today’s world of digital revolution we want to disrupt the most valuable assets of human being is TIME. Thus this initiative is to challenge your software development skills to solve this problem quickly and efficiently. Thus creating an alternative source of income without trading time for money.

Happy Coding!

The new wave of entrepreneurship

Hello Readers,

This is the first time I am posting a featured blog on my personal post. I found the post worth a read. Especially for the industry executive who have deep domain knowledge and looking for a disruption.

There is a multi-trillion dollar economy opening up to technology faster than ever. It has been driven by trends that have changed the nature of how entrepreneurs will be characterized going forward; specifically, industry executives will be the next wave of in-demand startup CEOs.

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In April of 2007, Apple changed everything with the launch of the iPhone. It is hard to imagine that it has only been 8 years since the release of the first truly pervasive smartphone, but there is no denying its impact has been world-changing. Beyond the creation of a new dimension of industry-driven, by location-based, services (and with it, a myriad of billion dollar companies), an equally significant phenomenon emerged. By creating technology that was intuitive to the consumer masses, every person around the world started to embrace technology as more than just a work tool. Lawyers, doctors, car mechanics and people from every sector of the economy not only had a tool for productivity, but a piece of technology in their pocket they embraced as an intimate part of their lives.

Furthermore, these new consumers could now point to a standard for usable technology. Cumbersome, enterprise legal software that won’t allow a lawyer to search cases from outside the office is no longer acceptable. For those outside of the Silicon Valley silo, conversations can be heard from construction workers sitting on a lunch break saying “Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an app to …”. Unfortunately, these conversations are often too far away from Silicon Valley’s ears, which are still dominated by the talk of what will be the next WhatsApp or Instagram. Even so, a new breed of entrepreneur is emerging who see firsthand the challenges in their industry, and with that the opportunity to make a world-changing impact, and these entrepreneurs do not fit the founder archetype that many Silicon Valley investors look for.

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Previous decades saw similar shifts in entrepreneur characterizations. The late 90s were about Harvard MBAs applying traditional management techniques to leverage brand new Internet technologies. The “aughts” brought on the “22 year-old Stanford Computer Science” graduate applying technology to a low hanging industry. Now, in this decade, we are seeing a new wave of entrepreneurship driven by industry executives with deep product backgrounds leveraging technology to disrupt a traditionally non-tech industry.

For the past 2 years I’ve had the opportunity to see this shift firsthand as the managing partner of Silicon Valley Software Group (SVSG), a firm of CTOs focused on helping companies with their technology strategy. SVSG has seen entrepreneurs ranging from movie producers, lead singers of platinum album rock bands, travel executives, and hedge fund managers all trying to figure out how to leverage their domain expertise through technology. After a number of similar engagements, a few observations have emerged:

  • In each venture, a product-focused entrepreneur saw the adoption of technology among their peers in a particular industry and, with that, the opportunity to create a product focused on that industry.
  • None of these entrepreneurs had notable tech experience.
  • Hardly ANY of these high profile individuals had relevant connections with the Silicon Valley community.

This last observation is of particular importance!

As tunnel-visioned as Silicon Valley might be, there is a reason that it has produced so many world-changing companies.

 

The combination of growth capital, multidisciplinary talent, and mentors sharing best practices around how to create hyper-growth businesses are often taken for granted by those who are part of the ecosystem. However, the disconnect between Silicon Valley natives and outsiders is shocking. Many of the companies SVSG has come across have no ability to raise strategic capital at first because their businesses are too risky when considering common pitfalls they are more likely to fall into compared with their Valley peers. Concepts as commonplace as the lean startup methodology are welcomed as sage insight to these new entrepreneurs.

What is missing for these new founders is a bridge into Silicon Valley. To date, this has been stymied by a narrow mindset from the Silicon Valley community. However, the forces of capitalism will eventually prevail and these new entrepreneurs will find their own community to center around. Keen investors will lead the herd and take advantage of existing markets ripe for change. Incubators and accelerators will emerge with afocus on entrepreneurs with deep industry experience. We are in a tech boom right now and there are countless ways to apply technology to industries that haven’t changed in decades. For those sitting in the corner office, the time has come to venture out, there are markets to disrupt.

Original Blog @ http://www.toptal.com/it/the-new-wave-of-entrepreneurship

Publication @ http://www.toptal.com/blog

Requested by Irina and connect here on LinkedIn and Twitter

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After a year of Entrepreneurship

It is almost an year now since I quit my job. It was an exciting year of owning my own business. The transition from thinking like an employee to a business owner was tougher than I thought. I had always known that I will start my business. Once you are in this side of the world the game is totally different. You cannot be grateful enough to your family and friends for standing by you.

Here is what owning a business taught me in past one year

  1. To think longer term and short term at the same time is unproductive.
  2. Your business acumen is directly proportional to managing uncertainty.
  3. Decisions need to be taken for lot of things and need to be changed dynamically.
  4. Being busy and building your business are two different things.
  5. You are more energetic on Monday morning than on Friday evening.
  6. You meet all different kinds of people, some ideas are worth listening.
  7. You start observing all the businesses around with more detail.
  8. Every single month is like a new year.
  9. Have to say No for lot of things and at times need to fight for it.
  10. The only person responsible for everything that is happening around me – Its me 🙂

Happy Entrepreneurship!

Why developer takes longer time to write a document

Documenting is a skill which very scares in a developer. Although even if one is good at it, won’t enjoy doing it as contrast to coding.

So in order to solve this hurdle, I have a 5 point strategy to ease the documentation activity:

  1. Don’t treat documenting as second citizen.
  2. Check for correcting grammar and spellings.
  3. Make sure the content can be understood by all stake holders.
  4. You need to review the document to improve it more.
  5. Well formatted document is more effective then simple plain text.

In order to apply few or all the above strategy you will have to go through the above check list one by one, so give a little more time to developers, since they don’t go through formal training or experience.

This also applies to testers, leaders, product managers etc.

Happy documenting !

10 years in Information technology!

Some time last year I had decide to complete around 333 blog post before June 2014 (read the old post here). I managed to complete 83. It at least helped me to like writing posts, reading many articles, asking tough questions to seniors.

But as I was rushing to get the target, I had discussed my idea on how I want to take my blog ahead with my boss. He gave me a great advice, “Your topics on your blog should speak for you.” This was a simple and obvious thought but it was profound to me.

I am really happy to have a technical mentor, some online developer friends, idea on how community works, few well wishers and many other advantage due to my blogging. So I have now change in plans, even though it is not similar to my initial plan of having a target number. I am happy it started with it to get a perspective of blogging.

Wish me luck to my new software journey.

Happy reading!