Posts by Bill Smith

On-Line Configurator Solar Engineering Products

Solar Engineering Configurator

Title: Solar Project Hardware Configurator

Mission: Automate configuration and pricing of solar panel installations. Generate technical specification diagrams ready for submission to building departments.

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ECommerce Development Toolkit

E-Commerce Inventory Control System

Business Goal

Leading Internet retailer of electronics parts is growing rapidly and needs and inventory control system that can be modified to support their specific business processes. Razor thin margins dictate extreme efficiency in all areas of operations. Transition from InFlow inventory management system product software without disrupting e-commerce operations.  

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restaurant marketing

Restaurant Menu Web Site

Local Resataurant Menu SiteBusiness Goal:  Client desired new web venues to leverage their paper and online business directories. Client seeking inexpensive avenues for generating web traffic and creating new audiences for paper publishing business.

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Lean Products Development Workshop

I get lots of early startups that need consulting on product definition.  Most of them are not ready to hire a full time consultant.  So we have created a workshop to guide entrepreneurs through the lean development process.

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How to Build a Bulletproof Startup Class

How to Build a Bulletproof Startup (class)

Fort Lewis College has asked me to teach a class in Lean Business Methods.  This class will teach you the same methods taught at Stanford in their entrepreneurship program.  It runs 4 Wednesdays in February from 6pm until 8pm.

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LeanBusinessCasnvasIntroduction

Lean Business Canvas Introduction

Lean Business Canvas Introduction is the presentation I gave tonight to the Entrepreneurs’ Class at Fort Lewis College.

I love this topic as it makes perfect sense to me.  The presentation is just 10 slides, humorous and fun.

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Pitch Day Presentation Tips

Channeling Energy on Pitch Day

We have all felt the rush of energy we get when we are presenting in front of a crowd. Presenting your startup dreams in front of investors can multiply that energy several fold.

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Low Fidelity Artifacts

Low Fidelity Artifacts

A Low Fidelity Artifact is a fancy word for something that is often no more than a scribbled doodle. A Low Fidelity Artifact is an inexpensive way to capture ideas and develop a shared understanding without generating a cumbersome design document that the team is unwilling to change.

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The Lean Startup Paradox

Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden, in their book on Lean UX, describe how founders often operate in a “reality distortion field”. They recognize that it takes a nearly unrealistic level of confidence to form a new & innovative business venture.

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Ensuring Product Adoption

Ensuring Product Adoption

Product Adoption, often realized as traction, is the ability of a new product to capture the attention, engage and modify the behaviors of a group of users.

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