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How to Work with Developers at Your Startup: A Guide for Non-Techies

Got developers at your startup? Freaking out because you have no idea how to manage them… judge the quality of their work… coach them through the forever changing product that marks the life of a startup…? Here’s what you need to do. Not just one of these. All of them. I know. It’s a long list. But they […]

Biohacking: More Human Than Human

Biohacking: More human than human

Think hacking technology is cool? What about hacking our bodies? Welcome to the wonderful world of biohacking. Of course hacking ourselves is nothing new. People have been modifying their bodies as long as… well… we’ve been people. Cosmetic improvements like tattoos and piercings — there’s evidence of tattoos dating back to 6000 BC. And, later, technology allowed us to improve how […]

Why “Hacker?”

As a self-taught programmer, the most inspirational book for me in my early years, what really made me want to be a coder and never look back, was Steven Levy’s Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. In it, Levy describes the early computer hackers, starting back at MIT in the 1950’s, and their insatiable thirst […]

The Maker Movement: Creating a New Democracy

The Maker Movement: Creating a New Democracy

One of my favorite sessions at SXSW was by Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop (a community of makerspaces) & author of The Maker Movement Manifesto, on how the maker democracy is spurring innovation… Karen Snyder didn’t like the options out there for measuring knitting needles. So, she took a $60 laser cutting class and built […]

Beautiful Fashions in Tech

Beautiful Fashions in Tech

My latest fascination is wearables and every now and then I stumble upon something truly beautiful, which which gives me hope for what is to come. Just wrote this piece as a Tech Expert for SheKnows.com to share seven of my favorites… Get ready for the third wave of computing where technology moves from nerdy […]

The Ideation Framework

The Ideation Framework

Josh Wexler gave an awesome workshop at Agile2013 on The Ideation Framework for helping teams rapidly think through and prototype new ideas. We used it to each come up with our own idea of a better travel site 50 people in the room, 50 totally different ideas/approaches arrived at, all in about an hour – […]

Agile Mindset for Your Startup

Agile Mindset for Your Startup

I got to share the stage with the other half last week at Harvard Innovation Lab, when Jeffrey Beir & I took turns presenting dueling views on building your startup. Myself from the product perspective, Jeffrey from the investor’s viewpoint. While we had clearly different opinions, one thing we both agreed on was that if […]

So You Want to Do a Startup

So You Want To Do a Startup? [Teaser]

So… you want to do a startup? Come see my talk at Agile 2013! Here’s a teaser… So, You Want to do a Startup? from Abby Fichtner, Hacker Chick on Vimeo.

Startup Validation Hacks

Startup Validation Hacks

Is your startup going to be a business… or a hobby? How can you tell?! Below is a video of the presentation I did at Harvard Innovation Lab last month – I initially called it Creating Your Minimum Viable Product, but it’s really about: how can I validate that I’m creating a viable business (as […]

5 Awesome MVP Examples

5 Awesome MVP Examples

In my last post, I shared my How To Build Your MVP presentation that I gave at Harvard. But of course I get it’s a little hard without the voice over… so, here’s a walk through for some of the MVP examples from real startups. If you have more, it’d be awesome if you could […]