There is an increasing interest in how companies are managing their environmental, social, and governance (ESG). Since it’s a new topic, many companies struggle to cooperate with the changing demand around the ESG arena.
This is why we are building a new platform that will help companies leverage ESG and not struggle with it. Instead of manual data entry into spreadsheets or using emails over long threads, our platform automates data collection and reporting across all the company departments. It will also have the ability to create reports, dashboards, and benchmark information that will help you identify gaps. On top of it, we will have an AI layer that will provide recommendations for setting goals and improving ESG standing against any reporting framework (e.g. GRI).
If you are passionate about zero to one effort and like to work on important and hard challenges – You should join us. We are hiring engineers/hackers/developers who like to build zero to one products. If you know of a friend that you respect and they fit the description below – Please point them in my direction, ok?
“Liquid Software” release practices are rapidly becoming the standard in many companies. However, as software shapes digital transformation, DevOps teams are feeling challenged to manage their growing influence on corporations’ success or failure. In a talk I gave last week, we looked into the growing pains that most enterprises (many of them JFrog customers) face when adopting and consolidating DevOps at scale, and how these challenges are being mitigated with end-to-end platform solutions. We also wrap up with some DevOps best practices that will help you address emerging trends that your bosses’ bosses care about.
At last SwampUP, I had the opportunity to talk with Alan Shimel, Founder and Editor at DevOps.com. We covered what I do at JFrog and spoke about the definition of the role “VP of Technology”. We also covered some interesting new products we offering these days to help developers move faster.
I told Alan that I define the role as “finding leverage points in (JFrog) technology to support the business”.
Any developer knows that you must have a source code repository (e.g. Git) but from time to time I get the question “why do I need a binary repository”?
Here is the short answer:
Faster and more secure software development – Any company is a software company these days and the best companies release updates on daily/hourly bases. The ability to push updates quickly is a real competitive advantage. The minute you have few engineers on your team you wish to avoid ‘fetching the all internet’ with every ‘npm install’. A binary repo will give you the option to cache these libraries and make sure you are working with the correct ones (vs a hacked one). From the developer perspective, it is a big boost for their productivity as it saves time during development and on each build. Even better, from the DevOps perspective, the ability to control all the packages/libraries (and scan them for vulnerabilities) is a huge advantage. It enables the internal engineering team to control the releases better as they have full transparency (e.g. quality, performance, security, licenses, etc’) on everything the ‘compose’ the release version. Check the 12-factor app manifesto for more on dependencies (declaration and isolation).
In reality, we see many examples that too much capital makes your startup unfocused and it’s a curse, not a blessing. When you get funds at the beginning it’s putting you in the wrong position of ‘spending’ money and not earning it. To minimize it as much as you can is a smart move that helps to build a healthy business. One that is earning money and not spending all of it. It sounds (too) basic but you will be surprised how many founders forgetting it after the raising the first round. You wish to start lean and mean and keep it for as long as you can.
Limited capital makes companies focused.
This is an important factor when you wish to build a business and make it profitable in limited time.
The lean canvas is a tool that helps entrepreneur with forming their idea into a macro plan and later (hopefully) a full function service or product.
You can use something like a good pitch deck to do the same. The core in these tools is to help you articulate what are you going to do and how you are going to win with it.
Let’s have a look at the page below. You can click on it to see it on a full page. If you wish to work with such a template – scroll down and print the clean one that we got in the bottom of this post.
The idea here is to think on our idea and to break it down to the different aspects.
We will fill in short bullet points each section. If you have a co-founder or advisor/mentor to consult with, please do so. It will improve the final result. Also, show the result to many people that you respect. Each might give you a point of view you didn’t think about. Continue reading →