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Combatting The “Culture of Caution” in Regulated Utilities Industry

The utilities industry is not known for its innovation and risk-taking. While historically, the maximum that an electric utility in...

Communicating Vision & Progress

This is the 8th post in the Innovating Like a Startup blog series. Previous Post: What the MVP?

What the MVP? Breaking Down the Minimum Viable Product

This is the 7th post in the Innovating Like a Startup blog series. Previous Post: Building an Effective Project Team...

Know Who to Pitch: Finding the Path to Funding

This is the 5 post in our blog series, “Innovating Like a Startup (When You’re Not In a Startup.)” Previous...

Be Honest About Your Blind Spots

Whether you’re a bootstrapping startup or a corporate entrepreneur running after a new initiative, new product innovation is inherently risky....

Pitch Like a Startup

This is the 4th post in our blog series, “Innovating Like a Startup (When You’re Not In a Startup.)” Previous...

Get Rid of Your Innovation Goals. Solve Problems Instead.

This is the 3rd post in our blog series,  Innovating Like a Startup (When You’re Not in a Startup.)   ...

10 Questions to Ask Before You Build Your MVP

This is the 4th post in our blog series, “Innovating Like a Startup (When You’re Not In a Startup.)” Previous...

How to Find Innovation Allies at Work

This is the 2nd post in our blog series, “Innovating Like a Startup (When You’re Not In a Startup.)”

Innovating Like A Startup (When You're Not in a Startup.)

If you’ve ever come up with an innovative idea working inside a larger company, you’ve likely faced the frustrations of...

3 Ways to Improve Your Product

There are three ways to improve a product or feature; you can make it better so that current customers enjoy...

The 3 Types of Innovation: Product, Process, & Business Model

Innovation has become such a buzzword it can be hard to remember what it actually means. Depending on who you...

Projects vs Products: Why Software Projects Don't Create Great Products

In software, projects and products are not the same. Projects have a defined end, whereas products are living things with...

The Design Sprint: 5 Lessons Learned

The Sprint Book: Simply put, a book outlining the process developed by Google Ventures to turn a half-baked idea into...

Who Should Lead Your Design Sprint

There’s a lot that goes into planning a Design Sprint. From the scope of the chosen problem, to your team’s...

5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Design Sprint

What is Slack? If your team uses the product, you know “a messaging app for businesses” is a lacking description....

Company Software: When Does It Make More Sense to Build Than to Buy?

One of the most challenging responsibilities for any CEO is balancing resources between a company’s immediate needs and its long-term...

Digital Transformation: Where Do You Start?

96% of leading decision makers view digital transformation as important or critical to their business. Of this same group, 55%...

3 Reasons Not To Build That Application (Just Yet)

Let’s say you and your team have unearthed a brilliant idea that involves building an application. It is going to...

Fortune Favors Those Who Can Execute

While many of us enjoy the old adage “fortune favors the bold” - something has occurred to me as I...

What Separates Top Innovators From Their Peers In The Middle Market

Successful innovation in the middle market is a balance of walking a conservative tight-rope and taking calculated risks that may...

Removing Barriers to Growth In The Middle Market

Shortly after college and a brief stint working for the summer Olympic Games, I read a book entitled Jump Start...

The Change Model: A Guideline for Decision Making

Most of our clients are building their first software products, and with that, most of our clients view software as...

Built for Change

One of the most frequently asked questions we get about Differential is; what makes you different? (i.e. there are a...

If It Was Easy...

…Everyone would do it!

Succeeding At Software

Alice had a great idea for a product. She had designs, validation, and a small budget. All she needed was...

Why Men Stopped Wearing Hats

…and what it means for your company culture.

Activity ≠ Progress

John Wooden, one of the greatest basketball coaches men to ever live once said, “Never mistake activity for achievement.”

What Does A Good Work Life Look Like?

We all want to live a good life, right? Sure we do, but what does that mean? What does a...

3 Things Great Companies Nail

While companies are incredibly diverse and complicated, it occurs to me that the lasting successful ones all have (at least)...

Growth Tracking 101 (Measuring The Right Analytics for Your Startup)

Web Analytics vs. User Analytics Website analytics are important to keep track of, but if you’re spending all your time...

6 Ways Startups Can Work With Developers Without Getting an Ulcer

Most startup founders have either heard of (or experienced) difficult, sometimes unbearable, relationships with developers. I was no different. During...

Invalidation #FTW

Web software has been a prevalent part of our world since the mid-90’s. Entrepreneurship since the 17th Century. That said,...

TV Producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, etc) Talks Startups

Cincinnati Welcomes Mark Burnett On January 28th around 3,500 people had the unique pleasure of welcoming TV’s most influential reality...

It's Not Just a Currency; You're Missing the Point

The attack on Bitcoin is on. Bitcoin fails to meet both basic criteria of a viable currency - Goldman Completely...

Best Books for Startups

One of the things we encourage the Differential team to do is spend time meeting with entrepreneuers--many of which are...

Why You Still Don’t Have 10,000 Users

You’re not really trying. We are big proponents of the lean startup methodology at Differential. We preach it a lot....

The 4 Commandments of Starting a Tech Product Company

1. Be a developer. Since most of the work to be done is development, it's sorta nice to be a...

Why You Can Startup Right Where You Are

Recently, there has been buzz over the smaller cities that are attempting to run with the ‘big dogs’ in terms...

Are You Really Solving a Problem?

Over the last couple years I've spent a lot of time with entrepreneurs at a very early stage, including at...

Can You Really Validate an Idea?

Validation is a journey from "I wonder if this is a good idea" to "we have a profitable company." If...

4 Ways to Be a Great Dad & Entrepreneur

As a relatively new father and founder, I wanted to share some thoughts about balancing both. It's definitely not an...

Misconceptions about Lean Startup

Popularity of the Lean Startup methodology continues to rise, but suffers from misconceptions by people who don't understand it, similar...

Why You Don't Need an NDA

One of the most common fears I see among first-time entrepreneurs (or just people with an idea) is that someone...

Splitting Equity in a Startup

We've had many very interesting conversations with entrepreneurs about "equity." It comes up just about every meeting, as we explore...

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