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The question of whether or not startups should be outsourcing Software Development for core products has been bouncing back and forth for some time. Should startups rely on software dev companies to develop something that’s so pivotal to the company’s success?
With the rapidly increasing popularity of Eric Ries’s Lean Startup Methodology, we’re seeing startups increasingly relying on outsourcing software development - and with good reason. David Cummings, founder of Pardot: one of Inc. Magazines fastest growing companies of 2012, successfully illustrates a few reasons startups can benefit from outsourcing core product software development. Here’s what David says:
What do we think? Let champions play to their strengths. Entrepreneurs are who they are because they can envision a solution to a problem, and then create that solution based on their ideas. The majority of these (myself included) may not know the ins and outs of programming or design. Software developers, on the other hand, can build great software.
By outsourcing software development entrepreneurs avoid having to worry about spending months writing code and instead can spend their valuable time on the growth of their business. To us this means spending time conducting interviews to validate an idea, collecting pre-orders or selling, rather than trying to figure out the best way to display their landing page on a mobile device.
You’ve heard what we think. Do you think startups should outsource their software development?