startups

Follow Your Own Path

Follow Your Own Path

Wanted to share my keynote from last week’s A-Ha! Social Media Summit. My marching orders for this were: “Abby – We just want you to give the people what they want: A fun, entertaining, inspirational, idea-filled *POW*!” So, just to set the stage – this is not going to be about lean startup or agile […]

10 Years Later, What’s Next For Agile?

10 Years Later, What’s Next For Agile?

I just got back from Agile 2011 and I have to admit, I was skeptical. It’s been 10 years since we signed the Agile Manifesto and I just had to wonder, “it’s been 10 years – why do we still need a conference on this? We get it already!” But I was also excited because […]

Startup Weekend Boston

Startup Weekend Boston

Over 130 people – half techies, half business folks – converged on Microsoft NERD this weekend to start their own companies, have some fun & make some noise. Friday night, 50 of them stood up and pitched their ideas in quick 60 second spots, interrupted only for a quick game of multiplayer rock-paper-scissors. Pitches ran […]

Whats Stopping You?

What’s Stopping You?

“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” – William James I got this quote from Michael Bungay Stanier’s book Do More Great Work. Great Work, you see, is what lights you up, it’s what makes a difference. Great Work is the work that matters. I can picture you right now, reading […]

How Development Looks Different When You’re Changing the World

How Development Looks Different When You’re Changing the World

Awesome time presenting to the Beantown .NET Developers last night (thanks, Ben Day!). My secret plan is to travel far and wide, getting developers excited about working for startups.You know, like an evangelist or something… Update 1/1/13 – This is the version I presented at Agile 2011: Click here to view on Slide Share You […]

Yet Another Podcast: What is this Startup Evangelist thing?

Yet Another Podcast: What is this Startup Evangelist thing?

In celebration of my 1 year anniversary with Microsoft (who’d have thunk?), I sat down with the man that started it all: Jesse Liberty, to attempt to answer the question, “what exactly does an Evangelist for Startups do?” Yet Another Podcast #30 Abby Fichtner–Microsoft Evangelist Abby Fichtner is a Microsoft Evangelist specializing in startups in […]

Is Deploying to Production 50x/Day a GOOD Idea?

Is Deploying to Production 50x/Day a GOOD Idea?

I had the pleasure of attending the Continuous Deployment Breakfast with Eric Ries last week. Eric Ries, creator of the Lean Startup methodology, Co-Founded IMVU who’s known for deploying code to production as many as 50 times per day! In Agile, there’s this notion that there’s someone “out there” (e.g., the Product Owner) who has […]

Year in Review, Seth Godin Style

Year in Review, Seth Godin Style

Taking my queue from Seth Godin, I’m posting my list of what I shipped in 2010. As Seth describes it… “Yes, I know you’re a master of [whatever]… But what have you shipped? What have you done with your connection skills that has been worthy of criticism, that moved the dial and that changed the […]

Be a Rockstar

Be a Rockstar

Last month, Jason Baptiste wrote a most excellent article on 14 Reasons Why You Need to Start a Startup. In it he said: “They used to say that everyone should try to be a rockstar at least once in their lifetime. I’m going to add to that and say you should [also] be an entrepreneur” […]

Lean Startup In The Real World

Lean Startup in the Real World

It’s one thing to read about Lean Startup. It’s another to make it work with the nuances of your own startup. And so, just like in understanding our customers, sometimes you’ve just got to get out of the building and see how others are doing it. Lean Startup Circle Meetups are awesome because they bring […]