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Moving from Consulting to Start-ups

4 lessons I learned that are relevant to both

Mark Collins

Co-Founder of Vistr, Entrepreneur, Nerd, Rails and Javascript hacker

March 15, 2015

1. It’s about people.

If 6 years of management consulting taught me nothing, it's that people are key. Every problem, every issue is about a person. To get project across the line, you've got to understand who the stakeholders are, what they want and earn their respect. For start ups replace people with customer or user. . . .

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Why didn’t I do that the first time?

Start-up 101: Things I knew all along, but somehow didn't do

Mark Collins

Co-Founder of Vistr, Entrepreneur, Nerd, Rails and Javascript hacker

November 03, 2014

After spending 6+ months at Telstra’s Muru-d Accelerator, I was invited back to share a few lessons learned.

A question came from the audience,

If you had your time over, what would you do differently?

My answer - I’d remove features, release a product earlier, and start selling sooner. We spent too much . . .

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8 Things I wish I knew about AngularJs

Mark Collins

Co-Founder of Vistr, Entrepreneur, Nerd, Rails and Javascript hacker

July 19, 2014

AngularJs is a powerful framework that makes in easier to build awesome user experiences. I started learning 3 months ago and wish I knew these things earlier.

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Before you pick as Javascript MVC framework, try RactiveJs

RactiveJs - It is probably all you need

Mark Collins

Co-Founder of Vistr, Entrepreneur, Nerd, Rails and Javascript hacker

June 10, 2014

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I remember my college engineer professor saying don't use a jack hammer to open an walnut". Basically, find the right tool for the right job and don't over engineer. Whilst the full scale Javascript MVC, such as Ember, AngularJS or Backbone, are fantastic, if you just need basic two-way binding and templating, then have . . .

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Why I picked AngularJS?

Backing the Google Horse

Mark Collins

Co-Founder of Vistr, Entrepreneur, Nerd, Rails and Javascript hacker

June 05, 2014

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After several month of researching and experimenting, I'm finally getting my toes wet with AngularJs. There are many Javascript framework out there. From Ember, Canjs, Backbone. the list can go one. In fact, I've probably spent as much time reading about each framework as I have actually testing them out.

As . . .

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Things I wish I understood early / better when learning to code

A few fundamentals that I seemed to miss

Mark Collins

Co-Founder of Vistr, Entrepreneur, Nerd, Rails and Javascript hacker

March 21, 2014

Routes.

I first learnt to code using Ruby on Rails and got my application working with a few scaffolding commands here and there, which was great as the routes were produced for me and everything worked. However, I struggled to build more complex applications because I didn't understand how to ‘navigate’ effectively through my . . .

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