Customer Development: Getting Honest Feedback About Your Products and Services

A couple of weeks ago I learned all about Customer Development, by attending another fantastic Founders Network event. Once again, superbly put together by Tech North. The event was delivered by co-founders of Lyst; Rob Fitzpatrick and Devin Hunt, and Rob kindly gave us a signed copy of his wonderful book ‘The Mom Test‘, which gives some wonderful insight into assessing what …

Starting your own Business and the Law

This week I delved into the legal side of starting your own business, by attending the “Founders Network Masterclass on Legals” event, superbly put together by Tech North. The event was held at the Chimney House, Kelham Island, Sheffield. A cozy little building that I haven’t been to since I wrote a report about the River Don Engine on a school trip …

Embracing and Growing a Digital Community

Featured photo by Shaun Bellis. Barnsley is where it all began for me, both literally and metaphorically speaking (I was born there, and my business is based there). So you could say that I have a bit of an attachment to that particular town, and that probably explains why I (along with a bunch of other …

Managing a Large Website Using Task Based Navigation

During my time in the NHS and Local Government I learned a lot about managing large and complex websites, and I figured I would share my knowledge with those of you that may be in the process of making sense of a big website, and who may be trying to make it more customer focused. Of course you …

A Hackathon in Barnsley

Featured photo by Shaun Bellis. On Saturday 6th July 2013 the company I founded Make Do, held their first ever hackathon at the Barnsley DMC to great acclaim, which incidentally was the first ever event of its kind to be hosted in Barnsley. The ‘Layershift‘ (our event sponsor) hack day brought to the borough a mixture of entrepreneurs, technology …