In 2005, renowned entrepreneur and academician Steve Blank published "The Four Steps to the Epiphany". Inspiring tons of new ideas for start-ups, the book advocates a renewed focus on customer development as a cornerstone to build a solid business. In this new series, we’ll crystallize Blank’s theory into a few tactical steps, cut to size for young fledgling companies.

A practical guide to customer development: gearing up for action In 2005, renowned entrepreneur and academic Steve Blank published The Four Steps to the Epiphany. Inspiring tons of new ideas for start-ups, the book advocates a renewed focus on customer development as a cornerstone to building a solid business. In this new series, we’ll crystallize Blank’s theory into a few tactical steps, cut to size for young fledgling companies.

On Sunday, the day before Cyber Monday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that the company is working on Amazon Prime Air, a new delivery service, whereby Amazon would deliver goods at your door by an army of drones. The Internet raved about the idea (just Google for Amazon Prime Air and you'll find links to the story on all major newspapers and blogs), the video attracted 6Mo+ views within 3 days. Hours after the video went live, you could already find in-depth articles of people who were arguing that this is the future of parcel delivery, and an equal amount of people giving all sorts of arguments why this will never ever work.

The "PAY NOW" cash flow model for software companies explained in just 10 slides from Omar MohoutThe "PAY NOW" Cash Flow Model for Software Companies Explained in Just 10 Slides

How to grow and scale your web or software? Would you like to offer your software platform as a web service or app? Is the migration of your product to a cloud, SaaS or app offering a path paved with question marks? Do you want to use your software as the primary growth driver? Or do you prefer creating value by integrating innovative software in your product?

“Why Software Is Eating The World” is an article written by Marc Andreessen for The Wall Street Journal. Marc Andreessen became the godfather of the Internet browser when he founded Netscape back in 1994. Netscape was the first company to capitalize on the World Wide Web by launching the web browser Netscape Navigator. Netscape’s open source offspring Firefox is still immensely popular.

Are you an ICT student looking for an internship or a topic for your Master thesis? Are you keen on working on industrially relevant problems?

Have you ever found yourself in the following situation? You are asked to investigate a certain issue with the software your company is building. You start debugging, trying to narrow down the problem. A couple of hours later, frustrated, you walk for coffee, complaining to a fellow coffee addicted developer about how strange this issue you are investigating is. It turns out your colleague investigated a similar issue a while ago. He fixed it by changing two lines of code in some low level configuration file, after days of debugging and root causing.

This is the fourth article in the series "Are you Sure Your Software Business is Ready for Growth?". Incorrect focus is a top growth obstacle. As your business evolves from stage to stage, your organization's focus and skills need to follow. This series will help you spot the warning signs that it is time to shift gears, and give your business the chance it deserves.

This is the second article in the series "Are you Sure Your Software Business is Ready for Growth?" Incorrect focus is a top growth obstacle. As your business evolves from stage to stage, your organization's focus and skills need to follow.