Back in February, we launched the XAwards for early stage startups (2 to 5 members) to discover some of the world’s most innovative and exciting teams, and learn about the products and services they are building. We also wanted to give back to the startup community with three XAwards cash prizes: €20,000 for Best Overall Experience, €5,000 for Best Tech Achievement and €5,000 for Best Mobile App Experience.Continue reading “3 awards, 9 talks, 18 startups: Hotjar’s XAwards round-up” »
If you’re building a startup or digital business (or want to), the worst thing you can ever do is fail slowly.Continue reading “How to Go to Market Quickly and Fail Fast” »
“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?Continue reading “The Passion Fallacy (or, Why You Need More Than “Passion” to be Successful)” »
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)
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?Continue reading “What Kind of Product Creator Are You - Facilitator, Peddler, Entertainer, or Dealer?” »