Phil Alves

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Phil Alves first began his entrepreneurial journey in his teens, when he started and exited a SaaS business in the direct sales space. From there he worked in senior positions in the e-commerce industry before founding DevSquad, a software development consultancy that provides high-performance, agile teams to fast-growing startups, and big enterprises. To date, he has led the build of over 100 software products.
problem solving
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Why You Should Start a Business to Solve a Common Problem

Silicon Valley is known for its revolutionary ideas, grandiose statements and ability to challenge the status quo. By now, we’re all familiar with the classic persona of the Bay Area-located, hoodie-wearing techie, who tells their team to “move fast and break things” in order to “disrupt” entire industries. However, what those promising to change the...
connectivity
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The Worst Advice I Received as an Aspiring Entrepreneur (and What Was Actually Helpful for Growing My Business)

Any successful business founder will tell you that you need external input and second opinions during your entrepreneurial journey. Being an entrepreneur means knowing what's best for your business and knowing what advice is valuable and applicable. With so many people offering their insights and personal experiences about starting a company, it's not always easy...
tech
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Think You Need a Technical Background to Launch a Tech Startup? Think Again

There are countless myths and misconceptions in the world of entrepreneurship, just waiting to be busted. One that still holds sway amongst many budding business leaders is that to be a founder of a tech startup, you have to actually be technical. Surely, if you’re going to create a product or service built on software,...
hiring
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How to Make Your Startup Sustainable Over Time When Hiring

One of the many challenges entrepreneurs experience when starting a new business is building their first team. It can seem overwhelming at first, but upon understanding that a C-Suite lineup of executive-level managers is not necessary at the validation stage, the stress dissipates. At the beginning of a company’s journey, workers are needed more than...
SaaS
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Why Adding SaaS is Essential to Scaling Your Service Business

All ascending companies will eventually face the choice of whether they should channel their efforts into growth or continued profitability, whether they like it or not. Some entrepreneurs welcome the challenge, while others find it hard to deviate resources from what they know already works. Regardless of personal reaction to the issue of growth, it is nonetheless...