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Starting a Business is the New “New Job”

Side hustle or quit your day job and become your own boss. What would it take to start your own business?

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 […]

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How to Build an MVP

The week before I started at Harvard Innovation Lab, I was there as a guest lecturer – giving a talk on How to Build Your MVP to a bunch of Harvard undergrads who were working on creating – for many – their very 1st startups. I wanted to show them that they didn’t have to […]

Lean Startup 101 For Everyone

Lean Startup 101 for Everyone

The intersection of students & startups is a really happy place for me and so it’s been awesome that I’ve gotten to teach students about how to do startups at four (!) different universities over the last 4 weeks (yes, it’s been a whirlwind!). MIT, Harvard, London Business School and Northeastern. Developers, designers, business students, […]

Moving on From Hack Reduce

Moving on From hack/reduce

I am incredibly proud to have launched hack/reduce, Boston’s Big Data hacker space, which will be officially opening it’s doors next week. Everything about this process has reinforced why I love the Boston startup community. The upswell of support from every corner of the community has been amazing. People reaching out that I’ve only met […]

Community Rules – Creating Companies based on Networks of Contributors

Community Rules – Creating Companies based on Networks of Contributors

Eric Paley of Founder Collective facilitated an awesome panel at the 2012 Nantucket Conference around startups whose businesses are built on the contributions not of their employees but of people in the communities they’ve created: uTest (testers in-the-wild for software), Skillshare (learn anything from anyone anywhere), and GrabCAD (GitHub for engineers). In each case, without […]

Hypothesis-Driven Development

Hypothesis-Driven Development

You’ve got your vision of what you want to build. You’ve also got a ton of unknowns and uncertainty. You know you can’t just go build it and hope they will come. You have to do it iteratively. Put a little bit out there, see how people react, figure out what to do next. But […]

Follow Your Own Path

Follow Your Own Path

Wanted to share my keynote from last week’s A-Ha! Social Media Summit. My marching orders for this were: “Abby – We just want you to give the people what they want: A fun, entertaining, inspirational, idea-filled *POW*!” So, just to set the stage – this is not going to be about lean startup or agile […]

10 Years Later, What’s Next For Agile?

10 Years Later, What’s Next For Agile?

I just got back from Agile 2011 and I have to admit, I was skeptical. It’s been 10 years since we signed the Agile Manifesto and I just had to wonder, “it’s been 10 years – why do we still need a conference on this? We get it already!” But I was also excited because […]

Startup Weekend Boston

Startup Weekend Boston

Over 130 people – half techies, half business folks – converged on Microsoft NERD this weekend to start their own companies, have some fun & make some noise. Friday night, 50 of them stood up and pitched their ideas in quick 60 second spots, interrupted only for a quick game of multiplayer rock-paper-scissors. Pitches ran […]

Whats Stopping You?

What’s Stopping You?

“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” – William James I got this quote from Michael Bungay Stanier’s book Do More Great Work. Great Work, you see, is what lights you up, it’s what makes a difference. Great Work is the work that matters. I can picture you right now, reading […]

How Development Looks Different When You’re Changing the World

How Development Looks Different When You’re Changing the World

Awesome time presenting to the Beantown .NET Developers last night (thanks, Ben Day!). My secret plan is to travel far and wide, getting developers excited about working for startups.You know, like an evangelist or something… Update 1/1/13 – This is the version I presented at Agile 2011: Click here to view on Slide Share You […]

Yet Another Podcast: What is this Startup Evangelist thing?

Yet Another Podcast: What is this Startup Evangelist thing?

In celebration of my 1 year anniversary with Microsoft (who’d have thunk?), I sat down with the man that started it all: Jesse Liberty, to attempt to answer the question, “what exactly does an Evangelist for Startups do?” [audio:http://jesseliberty.com/wp-content/media/Show30.mp3] Yet Another Podcast #30 Abby Fichtner–Microsoft Evangelist Abby Fichtner is a Microsoft Evangelist specializing in startups […]

Is Deploying to Production 50x/Day a GOOD Idea?

Is Deploying to Production 50x/Day a GOOD Idea?

I had the pleasure of attending the Continuous Deployment Breakfast with Eric Ries last week. Eric Ries, creator of the Lean Startup methodology, Co-Founded IMVU who’s known for deploying code to production as many as 50 times per day! In Agile, there’s this notion that there’s someone “out there” (e.g., the Product Owner) who has […]