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The Portable CTO
Startups · Technology · Leadership
I typically push founders not to worry about every little detail when building their MVP (minimum viable product), but here's an alternative viewpoint:

"A techie might be fine with a rough, purely functional experience, but the general population has grown high expectations for their apps, so it’s become important to redefine 'viable' as needing to grant a degree of comfort and a modicum of delight."

What do you think? Has the bar been raised on MVPs? Do we really have to get the user experience perfect just to test a first version of our product?
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Personal Updates
It's Thanksgiving time, so I'm just going to leave a few things I'm thankful for here in the personal updates:
  • My family, especially my new baby, Joe
  • My education and what it's allowed me to do
  • My coworkers at The Graide Network who are the best team members I've worked with yet
What are you thankful for this year?
Karl Hughes
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