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Are Your Eyes Too Big for Your Project?

With Thanksgiving behind us and the December Holiday fast approaching, it always gets me thinking about overeating. One more piece of pie won't hurt me, or constantly grazing all the treats laid out even when I am not hungry. It doesn't seem like a big deal until you are so stuffed you feel awful for a couple of hours, or even worse, you step on the scale in January, and you wonder where that 10 lbs came from. Where are you going with this? Thanks for the digestion tips, Chip, but how does this apply to the software project I am working on?  Just like having one more piece of pie, adding another feature or a string of changes to your project or sprint can cause you and your team a large amount of heartburn. Making choices like this in a vacuum, without considering the impact on other features or the team, doesn’t just hurt yourself. It impacts the entire team, the project, and your budget.  Suddenly everyone is sitting on the couch saying I don't feel well. Meal/Sprint [...]

By |2022-12-15T15:33:32-06:00December 15, 2022|Development, Strategy, Technology|0 Comments

The Business of Digital Innovation:
Get to Market Fast

Last month at Twin Cities startup week, we gave five presentations aimed at helping product teams build better product businesses while avoiding common pitfalls. As part of a new series on our blog called the Business of Digital Innovation, I’ll be boiling these down into key takeaways that you can use in your product business today.  For the second part of our series, I’m going to be giving some tips about making the right choices to get to market quickly. But before we get into how to get to market quickly, let's talk briefly about what getting to market quickly is all about. It’s Not About Your Competition Most people I talk to about speed assume that I’m talking about getting to market faster than your competition. If you have a good idea, and you implement it properly, and get to market sooner than your competitors, you succeed, right? Not necessarily. First mover advantage is overblown. The market is littered with the corpses of first movers, and second movers, and third movers. Getting to market faster than your competition [...]

By |2022-11-17T11:59:10-06:00November 17, 2022|Development, Strategy|0 Comments

The Business of Digital Innovation:
Picking the Right Team

4 Tips for Product Teams Last month at Twin Cities startup week, we gave five presentations aimed at helping product teams build better product businesses while avoiding common pitfalls. As part of a new series on our blog called the Business of Digital Innovation, I’ll be boiling these down into key takeaways that you can use in your product business today.  For the first part of our series, I’m going to be giving some tips about managing business risk by picking (and sustaining) the right team. Developing Products is Risky As entrepreneurs, inventors, and internal innovators, the endeavor you are about to engage in is a risky one, both for your company and for you personally (if they aren’t one in the same). Most people go into this business with some knowledge of the risks, but we don’t often talk about the reasons why it’s so risky. Unfortunately, a list of all the reasons wouldn’t fit in any reasonable length post. I want to focus on what I think is the biggest contributor: if you’re innovating, by definition you’re [...]

By |2022-10-19T15:55:24-05:00October 20, 2022|Development, Strategy|0 Comments

Growing The Business: What’s Next?

In the third webinar of our collaborative webinar series with Lighter Capital, we examined the ways you can build SaaS products that scale. Once you’ve brought your product to market and begin to understand your audience, how do you make money? Dustin Bruzenak, Chip Pedersen, and Jim Moar share their expert opinions.  Three Metaphors to Consider  Jim tells us, “Think of growing your business like a series of rocket launches. Hopefully the first rocket is successful, but naturally, it’ll reach a point of returning to earth. You need to be well prepared for your next rocket launch… “My lead VP had two good ways to think about this. One, your market growth is a set of concentric circles. Markets 2, 3, and 4 are the next rings surrounding the first market. A mentee of mine started with solo yoga entrepreneurs. He’s now moving into yoga studios and has a plan in place to move into broader areas of fitness.  “Another concept is that of a Trojan Horse. With that, you can gain quick entry into a marketplace, and figure [...]

By |2022-10-05T14:15:36-05:00October 6, 2022|Development, Strategy|0 Comments

Six Gaming Industry Secrets To Make You Money

In the third webinar of our collaborative webinar series with Lighter Capital, we examined the ways you can build SaaS products that scale. Once you’ve brought your product to market and begin to understand your audience, how do you make money? Dustin Bruzenak, Chip Pedersen, and Jim Moar share their expertise. Borrow Strategies from the Gaming Industry From freemium to subscription, the gaming industry has long been a pioneer of monetization. By observing trends in gaming apps, you can learn important lessons about creating sticky apps that actually generate profit. Chip Pedersen, who spent decades in the game industry, tells us: “We’ve borrowed the terminology of minnows, dolphins, and whales. You need an ecosystem of all types of users. Whales are brand loyal, tell people all about you, and give you more money, but you can make plenty of money from minnows and dolphins playing for free and watching advertisements. Create multiple tiers for participation that would allow people to self-select as minnows, dolphins, or whales.”  Give Them the Game They Prefer to Play Analytics will help you identify [...]

By |2022-09-28T16:38:12-05:00September 29, 2022|Development, Strategy|0 Comments

3 Tips for Understanding Your Customer Early

In the third webinar of our collaborative webinar series with Lighter Capital, we examined the ways you can build SaaS products that scale. So you’ve brought your product to market. How do you understand where you’re losing people, and what’s making your best customers come back? Dustin Bruzenak, Chip Pedersen, and Jim Moar share their expert opinion.  Prioritize the People In this stage, remember: the first goal is not to make money. The first goal is learning. What are you doing right? What are you doing wrong? Who’s your customer?  Dustin says, “So many companies we work with have a techie as a founder, and sales isn’t their experience. Just be inquisitive, and ask open ended questions. Don’t be the one talking 80% of the time about your features and functions. Let the customer talk 80% of the time, and really see how they use the product you offer. Ask for testimonials, even if anonymous, with a focus on your value proposition.” He continues,  “I know many founders who feel a sense of shyness about talking to their customers. [...]

By |2022-09-21T16:05:40-05:00September 22, 2022|Development, Strategy|0 Comments

5 Principles to Get Your Product to Market Quickly

In the third webinar of our collaborative webinar series with Lighter Capital, we examined the ways you can build SaaS products that scale. How can you find your first market, build, and launch quickly? Dustin Bruzenak, Chip Pedersen, and Jim Moar share their expert opinion.  Find a Fast First Market  “Speed is just as critical as cash for a startup,” says Jim. “Whatever you select is critical for customer acquisition.” Getting to market quickly with a smaller, faster first market allows you to establish a beachhead of paying customers as soon as you can.  But it’s not just for cash. Your fast first market can accelerate your learning and create credibility for additional acquisition through customer testimonials. It’s More than Nice to Be Needed - It’s Essential  How do you find the fastest market for you and your product? Jim tells us, “The most important aspect of finding your first market is that your value proposition is seen by those customers as a Need to Have, not just a Nice to Have.” While most entrepreneurs are sure that what [...]

By |2022-09-14T16:32:46-05:00September 15, 2022|Development, Strategy|0 Comments

Removing Risk When Developing a Digital Product

6 Do’s and Don’ts to Remove Risk for Digital Products Modern Logic hosted an interactive discussion on Thursday, May 12th, Removing Risk When Developing Your Digital Products. We thank our partners who joined in the discussion: Lighter Capital’s Caitlin Goetze, MESA’s Todd Krautkremer, Kent Lillemoe, Beta’s Tiffany Singroy, as well as our own team members as they talked about ways to avoid risk. Removing risk saves precious money and time, allowing you to pursue your priorities and use your resources wisely. Our team shares their top Do’s and Don’ts for risk in digital product development. DO: Bet on the Right Debt “Debt isn’t bad,” our CEO, Dustin Bruzenak explains. “Debt can be good if you accelerate with that debt, and that’s especially true of technical debt.” It’s not a matter of if, but when you’ll make that bet. DON’T: Bet on New Tech Tried and true saves you money in the long run. Dustin explains, “Founders often have preconceived ideas about technology that we need to deprogram a little bit from a business perspective.” For example, technical co-founders sometimes [...]

By |2022-06-09T11:35:39-05:00June 9, 2022|App Development, Development, Strategy, Webinar|0 Comments

Investing in a Sure Thing: Kings of Capitalism’s Story – And the Value Modern Logic Brought as a Partner

“Thanks to Modern Logic, I look like a hero right now. It’s such a weight off your shoulders when you work with people who care about your business like you do.” Kings of Capitalism serves savvy investors who want to create a loaded portfolio of ‘sure-things’ to build wealth with low risk. In developing the app version of their service, they needed smart developers who could guarantee trust. Here’s how Modern Logic helped KoC leverage technology to create an app and website that builds wealth for users. […]

By |2022-01-31T14:57:39-06:00February 3, 2022|App Development, Client, Development, Strategy|0 Comments
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