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How to Go to Market Quickly and Fail Fast

If you’re building a startup or digital business (or want to), the worst thing you can ever do is fail slowly.

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Startups, Research & Insights

Behind the Scenes

The Passion Fallacy (or, Why You Need More Than “Passion” to be Successful)

“Follow your passion!”

At some point in your life, you’ve undoubtedly heard someone say that all you need to do to succeed is to “follow your passion.”

While it’s true in some cases, it doesn't always (or often) translate into automatic success in the startup world. And, in many cases, following your passion can lead you straight into a failed business.

So, what’s the solution?

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Startups, Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Hanging Out in the Mediterranean - How Hotjar Does Remote Team Meetups

In June 2016 the Hotjar team flew in from all over the world to spend a week together on the gorgeous island of Malta (click here in case you’re wondering where it is).

Hotjar Headquarters is in Malta so we figured - why not hold our bi-annual company meetup there? The weather is perfect, there’s a lot do, and when you see how breathtaking the island is you’ll understand why movie and TV show producers like to film there (e.g. movies/shows like Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Troy, 13 Hours, The Da Vinci Code, and much more were filmed in Malta).

Hotjar has always been a 100% remote/distributed team. We live all over the world and the benefits of this, we believe, outweigh the challenges. Of course, the main challenge of being part of a fully distributed team is getting to know each other in person. Stuff like body language, nuances, and quirks that don't come across over a Google Hangout.

Team bonding even from a workshop setting tends to not happen when you're fully remote and we can't really toss a ball around over the Internet to learn agile (more on that later).

So twice a year we meet in person to achieve three things:

  • To get to know each other (most of us haven’t met in person before)
  • Have fun together (as Roald Dahl said, "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.")
  • Work together and share ideas/knowledge (much easier in person)
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Startups, Behind the Scenes

UX Design
Research & Insights

What Kind of Product Creator Are You - Facilitator, Peddler, Entertainer, or Dealer?

Building a SaaS product, app, or site?

If you’re a Product Creator in any capacity, the way you build your product will dictate the level of success you'll achieve. Like me, you’ve seen products and apps come and go. Some disappear as quickly as they arrive, and some (like Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, et al) have achieved incredible success.

But, why is it that people get hooked on some products while others don't even make a ripple in the pond?

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