Lessons I’ve Learned From A Start-Up So Far! – Part 1

So it is now early August and Brain Drain has launched! I say ‘launched’, but it was a soft launch and we are positioning it as a beta release (hey, some products spend their whole lives in beta so who cares? It is all about managing expectations). So far, so good. But now the fun really starts so if I keep on top of MutterLog I should continue to give you updates as well as posting interesting things about product development and business in general.

Having passed such a massive milestone in the life of Brain Drain, I thought it might be a good time to start a series of posts sharing what I’ve learned so far.  Continue reading

Brain Drain marches on

So things are settling down at Brain Drain. My various worries and issues have calmed down and I’ve begun to see the occasional heated arguments as an inevitable consequence of being in a very small office with two other very enthusiastic co-founders. The fights still happen, but they don’t worry me as much as they used to, and I’ve come to realise they don’t worry my colleagues either. Continue reading

Phew…

First day back in the office after Easter – I was dreading it. But Granddad didn’t think the website problems were a big deal at all. He quite strenuously said they weren’t my fault. I think they were, at least in part (I should have tested it!) but at least I can remain employed for a little longer.

It goes to show how rusty you can get after taking time out of the workplace. I have a sense now of how difficult it must be for women returning to work after having children – especially if they have taken a couple of years or more out. I felt as though certain parts of my brain had just fallen asleep and I’m not sure they are fully awake yet. This is probably contributing to my ongoing confidence issues so I can only hope they will recede in time.

Brain Drain: Day 1

In my first MutterLog post, I gave a brief impression of my experience working at the Google Campus Cafe near Old Street’s so-called “Silicon Roundabout” in London (next time I work there I am so not wearing a suit). I must be clear – that is not my permanent place of work! We have meetings with partners and potential users in London and our user experience partner is based in the Google Campus so it was a good place to settle in between meetings.

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