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The outsourced development team: a startup’s secret weapon

“Time is money” for every business. When you’re a startup, though, the truth behind this saying can be brutal. For funded startups, every cent (and by extension, every second) really, truly counts. And for those startups that are bootstrapping from their own pocket, well, you see the point here. Most startups begin with a skeleton crew of passionate individuals. And that’s great for securing initial investment. To grow, though, you need to bring in the necessary talent — and you need to do it fast. Let’s say you need to get to market with a digital product and you needed to do it yesterday. Should you speed through the recruitment progress and put together an in-house team? Or is leaning on the skills and experience of an outsourced development partner the smarter way to go?

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Development Business

How to create borderless, blockchain payment systems

Despite the turbulent history they’ve had until 2021, it certainly seems like cryptocurrencies are here to stay. Likewise, a core piece of tech underpinning cryptocurrency, blockchain, is not only sticking around but working its way into a variety of sectors. In this guide, we’re going to cover one of the most practical blockchain applications: blockchain payment systems. 

But first, let’s start with the fundamentals. 

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Opinion Business

The Cheesecake Labs approach to project management

It’s safe to say that there’s a lot of misunderstanding about what it is that project managers do. Project management is just filling out kanban boards and watching your budget, right?

Wrong!

At Cheesecake Labs, we believe that a project manager is vital to successful project workflow and product development. They’re the connective tissue that makes everything else possible. 

In this post, we’re going to pull back the curtain on Cheesecake Labs’s methodology, revealing how and why we prioritize project managers. 

Let’s start with the why!

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Development Business

What is blockchain? A guide for getting started with blockchain in your app

Over the last few years, most of us have heard about a new technology known as blockchain. Usually, we hear this new word thrown around with Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, but even crypto investors tend to have a limited understanding of what blockchain is. 

This guide will go through the ins and outs of blockchain, answering questions like how many blockchains are there, the benefits of blockchain, and how blockchain can be applied. 

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Opinion Business

Understanding the opportunity that voice search presents for your brand

Here’s a stat from Google that’ll make you sit up in your chair: 27% of internet users are using voice search on mobile.

Voice search is on the up. And If you’ve read our previous post predicting what may happen in the future of voice technology, you’ll know that we’re pretty excited about the possibilities.

But there are plenty of situations where voice search can create challenges for users, as well as your business. That’s why it’s important to evaluate the risk/benefit relationship voice search presents for your organization and then truly define your product before you dive in. 

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Business

Voice search in online shopping: what’s happening today and what can we expect in the future?

Picture the scene: it’s a hot afternoon in July 2001, you turn the knob to your front door and lug your groceries into the apartment. You speed over to the kitchen counter and dump the bags of laundry detergent, canned food, and bottled water packs in a disorderly fashion.

Then you grab the mail out from under your arm, wipe your brow, and read through the TV listings to see what shows are on tonight. You sit down at your desktop to shoot off a quick email to your best friend, press play on some tunes via Windows Media Player, and return to the kitchen to unpack your spoils while waiting for their reply.

And somewhere, in the midst of it all, you reflect on how futuristic modern life has become…

… yet you have absolutely no idea what’s coming in tech.
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Opinion Business

The CKL view on Staff Augmentation

Staff augmentation. In modern day business — and especially app development — you’ve either heard of it or done it yourself.

But in case you need a quick recap, staff augmentation is a type of outsourcing strategy where employees are hired in to fill gaps on projects and products to push the agenda forward. It’s a convenient way for companies of all sizes to boost their output without needing to go through a lengthy, expensive hiring process.
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