Posts in "Entrepreneurship"

6 Years of Being Entrepreneurs!

It’s been six years since Volker and Tino went to their first entrepreneurship lecture and it’s been four years since Volker decided to reflect on that in the lovely blog post “How everything began…

Let’s take a look at some of the things that have happened at Pidoco since that blog post four years ago:

1. We hired our first employee – and we thought we should hire a few more people

2. We moved to our amazing office – and Volker has been sat in the same place ever since

3. We officially became Pidoco GmbH

4. We organized UXcamp – and then another – and then another. Wow!

5. We updated our website design

6. We introduced the prototype view and got rid of tabs

7. We introduced plain and sketched modes

8. We added Pidoco to the Chrome Web Store

9. We released our iOS app

10. We made tutorial videos

Pidoco Team

Thanks to everyone who’s followed this blog, been a customer, or who has supported us in our journey!

We really appreciate all the feedback you’ve given us over the years to help us make our software as good as it can be.
We have lots planned for the future, so subscribe to this blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news!

Best wishes from Silvan, Tino, Volker and Philipp

Pidoco meets Qipoqo

It’s great hearing from Pidoco users and it’s even better to meet them in real life. The best part is that you never know what they might say about your product. When I took part in a Rails Girls Berlin workshop last month, I met Celine and Saskia, cofounders of promising Berlin startup Qipoqo – a task-swapping platform where you can swap tasks you don’t like for those you do. Saskia was the first person who had ever described the UI of our software as “cute” before and I couldn’t wait to hear what else they had to say about Pidoco.

Saskia and Celine discovered Pidoco after they won a startup competition. They were lucky enough to win free agency help to develop their website, but needed a way to communicate how they wanted the layout and structure of their online platform to be. Having worked with PowerPoint initially, they wanted software that could add more interaction and also give them more ideas of what elements to include in their website.

The Two Founders

Even though both founders have no programming background, they found that Pidoco was quick and easy to use and helped them see the bigger picture of the technical requirements of their project:

Using the mockup was a revelation, because we had no clue how complicated it was. Unless you try to build it yourself even with a mockup, you’re not aware that there are several different ways to get to the same page and that the same page maybe doesn’t look the same depending on where you come from” – Celine

Celine also talked about how they took their prototype to Usability Fix at You Is Now to show potential users. Because prototypes created with Pidoco are interactive, you can get your potential users to click through and see what problems arise with your navigation and layout. This made Celine and Saskia rethink their navigation to make it more intuitive for their users.

Help is the new currency

We think it’s awesome that they’ve been using Pidoco in their startup journey and of course, we are huge fans of the name. You can sign up for the Beta version of Qipoqo here. In the meantime Celine and Saskia are busy getting support for their crowdfunding campaign. We can’t wait for the task-swapping platform to go live and we wish them the very best of luck.

If you’re a startup and would like to use Pidoco, email support@pidoco.com to see if you could qualify for a 25% discount.

How to Survive as a Project Manager

Being a project manager can be tough. You’re the person who needs to know about all aspects of the product, from its conception and development to sales and customer support. Last week I went to a talk given by Karsten Rieke – former product manager at Xing. From his presentation and the discussion afterwards, I want to share some tips with you for being a successful product manager.

Respect your team
Trust and respect goes a long way. Appreciate that you have a talented team who are experts in their fields and be prepared to listen to what they have to say.

Know your stuff
If you want respect from your colleagues, you will also have to learn how to speak their language- this means knowing your numbers or some key programming concepts. This will help communication and get people to take your suggestions seriously.

Know how others like to work
The slides from the presentation categorize how people in different departments behave and what their work styles are. Not everyone will fit into these stereotypes, but it is worth thinking about how your colleagues work best and how you can fit around that.

Get your team to communicate
At Pidoco we have scrum meetings every day across all of our departments, so that the marketing team knows what the programmers are working on. We also encourage everyone to ask questions, which creates an open atmosphere. It also helps us to see how our individual tasks make up the bigger picture in moving our product forward.

Go outside for inspiration
As product manager, you should be pushing for your product to move forward. Meet with current customers to see how they use your product and how they would be affected by the improvements you have planned. Other people in your industry can also inspire you to try out new things.

Thanks to IxDA Berlin for organizing this event and click on the link below to access the slides.

You can find out more about Karsten Rieke on Xing.