February 2017 Must-Haves

Each month I provide a list of resources (podcasts, talks, blog posts, books, music etc.) that I consider to be must-haves. There’s no doubt that you’ll see recurring themes or resources throughout these posts. I publish my Must-Haves on the closest Tuesday or Friday to the 15th of every month. Here’s my February 2017 Must-Haves […]

The Scott Barstow Show, Episode #030 – Andrew Bagrin, CEO and founder of My Digital Shield

My guest for this episode is Andrew Bagrin, CEO and founder of My Digital Shield. My Digital Shield is revolutionizing how small and medium businesses protect themselves from cyber threats. By deploying minimal infrastructure at the customer’s location and utilizing the best of cloud technologies, My Digital Shield is bringing cyber security usually reserved for […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Individuals vs. Pods

This is the third post in my series on Building Distributed Teams. So far, we’ve covered why you need to be building a distributed team and what makes an ideal distributed team member. In this post, we’re going to talk about how you build out the team. There are generally two approaches: Hire individuals or […]

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Building Distributed Teams – What Makes the Ideal Team Member?

This is the second post in my series on building a distributed team. Part one is here. Nothing kills a distributed team faster than hiring the wrong kind of team member. There are a few characteristics that I’ve found over the years to be critical when hiring a distributed team: They are clear communicators They […]

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Moving off of Upwork with a Contractor

Pardon the brief interruption in my series on building distributed teams. I’ve been battling the flu this week and am just now emerging from the fog. Distributed Teams will resume in my next post. I got this question from a reader and, since it is relatively simple to answer, I’m tackling it while I get back […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Why You, Why Now

This is part one in a series of posts on building distributed teams. For purposes of this series, I will be talking specifically about building distributed technology product teams. If you asked 100 CEOs of technology product companies what the number one problem they’re facing is, 99 of them would say “Finding and building a […]

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Building Distributed Teams

I use the words “remote” and “distributed” interchangeably in this article. Both terms mean working for you full time (or maybe part time) but not in your office with you.  I wanted to clarify because there can be confusion. With that… I am a huge fan of building distributed / remote teams as a way […]

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The Scott Barstow Show, Episode #029 – Tim Sinclair, CEO and Founder of RINGR

“I would rather fail at greatness than succeed at mediocrity” – Tim Sinclair My guest for this episode is Tim Sinclair,  CEO and founder of RINGR. RINGR is an audio recording application used by thousands of podcasters and journalists to record high quality audio interviews. RINGR has developed some unique, patented intellectual property that makes recording […]

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Balancing Today and Tomorrow

One of the hardest things that any software product company has to do is balance the needs of today with the potential needs of tomorrow. Answers to how the business will scale in the future are largely unknown in the early going, creating the dilemma of either building just what you need for today and […]

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Time or Money?

It seems most every decision in building technology products (or probably any business) revolves around one of these two constraints, often times both. However, you invariably have less of one than the other. If you’re building your technology product and have lots of time but no money, what should you do? Learn how to build […]