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Prototyping Just Went to the Next Level With Framer

Prototyping Just Went to the Next Level With Framer | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The latest version of Framer brings closure (well, that’s my opinion anyway) to the ‘should designers code’ argument. Never has there been a greater opportunity, as a visual designer, to get your hands dirty with code.

With this version, the awesome folks behind Framer have married the relationship between design and code perfectly. If you’re a seasoned user and want to stick to the original format of Framer, and hand-code all your interactions? Go for it. If you’re coming from a more design-orientated background and prefer to use the application from a more visual standpoint, do it that way. Want to walk a line between the two? Framer is going to make you very happy indeed.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to take a couple of screens from Sketch, and then import them into the latest version of Framer, with some handy little tips along the way. This is a perfect introduction to Framer for all newcomers. Hopefully, you’ll come out the other end of this tutorial with more of a ‘this Framer Tool ain’t that scary no more’ attitude. Well that’s the plan anyway. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The perfect match for #designers dealing with #code.

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Visual designers should find this tool useful.  Interesting concept.
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Don't Let Your Startup Fail - Huffington Post

Don't Let Your Startup Fail - Huffington Post | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Startups are almost like real businesses, except they often lack a long term plan, a stable customer base, a staff and money. Finding those crucial ingredients is part of a startup's journey toward profitability and stability.

The talk here in Santa Monica is of startups. You can't get a kale salad or espresso without overhearing conversations about product-market fit, minimum viable product, or customer development as you munch your blast of green nutrients and slurp your caffeine.

At one time just another small seaside town with a pier, the little sister to Hollywood, the forgotten sibling to Culver City, Santa Monica is thriving, with new real estate development, new places to work, like WeWork, and even a new train line. Santa Monica has come of age. But there is something forgotten in all the startup excitement. Starting something is fun. Sustaining it is pretty hard.

Startups are almost like real businesses, except they often lack a long term plan, a stable customer base, a staff and money. Finding those crucial ingredients is part of a startup's journey toward profitability and stability. From what I have seen, many startups find those things out of order. They may get money first (and burn it off) or they may have a talented staff (but no money to pay them.) They may have a few customers but now way to find more. Let's figure out what should come first, and let's start with the obvious thing. Read more: click on image or title.



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Focus on what matters, you're building a business, not just writing some #code or have the #bigidea. Your #audience is what matters, give them what they want/need.

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VC Chamath Palihapitiya Says He Has Cracked the Code for Making Startups Grow

VC Chamath Palihapitiya Says He Has Cracked the Code for Making Startups Grow | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

All startups want growth. They want more eyeballs, more traction, more signs that what they are doing is working. They worship at the foot of the mythical hockey stick graph. But growth is a fickle, unpredictable thing — sometimes great products die before reaching an audience. Sometimes companies find tricks to get tons of users, but after the tricks fade away, everybody leaves. You can’t count on growth.

Not according to Chamath Palihapitiya. The venture capitalist, whose claim to fame was starting the growth team at Facebook, said his Social+Capital Partnership now has a crew of growth experts that it deploys to portfolio companies. And he claims they can make just about anything grow. Read more: clcik title or image.



Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Most interesting are the comments under this article, like this one from Chris Neumann:

What other companies other than Remind 101 has this worked for?  Seems like this is just centered on Remind 101.

IMO, the "code" to "crack" is to figure out which people are getting the most value from your product and orient your marketing around meeting their needs.  Then, figure out which acquisition channels work best, and optimize those channels.  Just be data driven in every step, and you'll grow.  I do this for multiple companies on a consulting basis, and just getting the company to become data driven in their decision making is often very very difficult.  It's also hard to instrument things and collect the data in the first place, so that's why most companies aren't data driven.  In short, figure out what's working and do more of that.  Figuring out what's working is hard.


or this one from Raymond Duke:

There are a set of principles that you can use to grow a product or service. They've been used since a cavemen traded tiger meat for a new cave, to companies been sold for 1 billion dollars. Be wary of those who claim to have developed something "new" - because they are manipulating you. "Cracking the code" or using terms like "growth hacking"  is just like rotating an unbroken wheel.

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Is Coding the New Literacy? - Mother Jones

Is Coding the New Literacy? - Mother Jones | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Is Coding the New Literacy?
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In the winter of 2011, a handful of software engineers landed in Boston just ahead of a crippling snowstorm.

In the winter of 2011, a handful of software engineers landed in Boston just ahead of a crippling snowstorm. They were there as part of Code for America, a program that places idealistic young coders and designers in city halls across the country for a year. They'd planned to spend it building a new website for Boston's public schools, but within days of their arrival, the city all but shut down and the coders were stuck fielding calls in the city's snow emergency center.

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The ways we think are changing. Computational thinking explained. Interesting article.

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400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups

400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
All the free tools to start and grow your startup and business.



Here is one more to help create your Business Plan:

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Find some free #tools in this amazing pile of #resources. Freebies for #Business, #Marketing, #Design and #Code, #Productivity and #Learning.

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Watch The Inspiring Movie ‘CODEGIRL’ For Free On YouTube Until November 5th

Watch The Inspiring Movie ‘CODEGIRL’ For Free On YouTube Until November 5th | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Alphabet, which backs diversity in all facets of technology, is helping to shed light on a specific project...a film called "CODEGIRL". It comes via filmmaker Lesley Chilcott, who you might be familiar with from her work on “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Waiting for Superman.”

As an extension of Google’s “Made With Code” project, the new documentary is being shared, free of charge, on YouTube until November 5th. The film will be in theaters in the next few weeks.

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There is a tremendous shortage of #coders all over the world. #Women have a great opportunity here. Watch the documentary.

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Hire the Right Recent Graduates for Your Startup With These 4 Tips

Hire the Right Recent Graduates for Your Startup With These 4 Tips | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
You may find yourself with an influx of applications from new entrants to the job market. How do you find the best?

One of the most important tasks you will face as a business founder is the recruitment of your first team members. Many founders struggle with this task -- I did when I started my company. Industry veterans might command a salary that you can’t afford, or candidates whose impressive skill sets you can afford may not align with your core values.

Your search for the ideal hire may be further complicated by the rapid influx of recent college graduates into the job market. In the weeks following their May and June graduation ceremonies, you may find dozens -- if not hundreds -- of graduates applying for open positions at your company. Given their relative lack of employment experience, how can you identify the college graduates who are best suited to the swift pace and constantly evolving nature of startup life?

Impressive candidates can come from all sorts of experience levels and ages, so you should try not to limit your search to just one group. If you do, however, choose to pursue recent graduates, here are four pieces of advice that can help identify the right ones to join your team. Read more: click on title or image.





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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Hiring great people is a very complicated process. This article provides a few general tips that help. If you're looking for great developers/programmers/engineers... contact me on Linkedin. You can't afford mistakes when it comes to hiring for a startup. Mistakes right at the start can be fatal.

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