Bob Walsh

Why Accelerators Matter

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – So I’m wrapping up a week-long accelerator program today: our pitch deck has been creatively destroyed over and over, we’ve made our pitch to a room of investors (both Angels and VCs), and in a couple of hours (New Mexico time) we will learn if we placed in the money among

Quick prototypes and agile startups.

I don’t usually mix my day job at TheRightMargin with my various passions here at 47hats, but an experiment I and three other employees are getting ready to launch was just too useful for people here to pass up. As self-funded startup founders (SFSFs?) we tend to code first and ask questions later. I’m a

Are your customers in enough pain?

Let me let you in on a little startup secret: you want your prospective customers in pain. Lots of pain. Really suffering, like if their hands were being held over an open fire and the flames were starting to make their skin blister, blacken and burn. Now, I basically a nice guy and don’t want

Rails Composer and Daniel Kehoe – well worth supporting!

Well, this Sunday evening was going to be the “official” launch of my brand-new side project, Like every rails app I’ve started in the past 3 years I was going to go start by going over to where Daniel Kehoe has been tirelessly making life immeasurably easier for people like me. Rails tutorials, like

The Startup Success Podcast is back in business!

Well, it’s official with our second “third season” episode: The Startup Success Podcast is back in the business of finding interesting (primarily) self-funded startup founders to talk to, doing our homework so we can interview influential and thought-provoking leaders in the startup world without sounding like idiots and generally having a good time! The startup

Losing your Productivity Religion.

Short Version: Current Task List Managers regardless of platform are fatally flawed. They churn out one-size-fits-all tasks in a never-ending assembly line from Hell, faster and faster, until the whole edifice comes crashing down on your head. I don’t want to build Yet Another Productivity App (YAPA) – even if that means pouring ten times more

Playing with new toys!

Short version: I’ve been hired as senior web developer at TheRightMargin, so Solopomo development is slowing down. I’m aiming to have it done by end of March. Hi all! The good news is that after Brandle laid me and rest of its crack development team off and shut it’s office back in September, I’ve now started

A Scrum of One (solopreneur)?

So, what’s the right methodology for a developer or really small team for (hopefully) building and launching a successful SaaS? Do you bang out the minimalist of minimal viable products with no tests? I did that basically back in the day with and was overwhelmed by technical debt and bugs. Now that I’m back to

Join now.

Continuing my experiments to make myself a better solopreneur, I’ve joined and started participating in – and so should you. My first reaction to fizzle was skepticism – what, another online course that will make me all better? Been there, done that. But I decided to join anyway since being out here in rural

But seriously, folks…

Sometimes we developers take ourselves so seriously – these guys don’t. That in itself makes worth a look. While I’ve pretty much settled on Pivotal Tracker as I (painfully) change from unAgile to Agile, reading Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland (creator of Scrum) has