Posts by Alan Downie

BugHerd loves remote teams

Having a geographically dispersed team can be challenging. Especially when you’re collaborating, and especially when you’re in different timezones. Slack, for example, is fantastic for collaborating with folks that are at work at the same time, but for team members...

Startmate Demo Day 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since Matt and I were out there pushing the funding wheelbarrow around for BugHerd. Back then he was the one getting up and doing the pitching, something I’ll never envy him for...

5 Easy April Fools Day Pranks!

That special day of the year is finally here! April Fools! We love a good prank, but unfortunately we’re far too busy doing important work to make up an elaborate hoax (which you’d likely see through anyway), so we thought...

The Top 5 Web Dev Trends Of 2015

Responsive Design (again) This may seem a bit “last year”, but the challenges we face with responsive design have not gotten any easier. Not only do we have to deal with desktops, laptops and tablets and screen readers, but the...

Why passion matters.

I have many flaws. I know about most of them, but I’m sure there are just as many I don’t know about. I try to be a good person, but I am who I am…. for better or worse. You certainly won’t find...

An update from the CEO

A little over a year ago, I sat down and wrote this blog post about “the future of BugHerd”. It seemed like a good idea at the time and we had some grand hopes and visions for what we wanted this...

What kind of leader are you?

I’m a first-time CEO (although it’s certainly not the first time I’ve managed a team). I know I still have a lot to learn, especially as my team is small and I’ve only been at this a few years. The...

Trust, above all else

As a startup founder, one of the hardest things you have to learn to do is to relinquish control. Once you start hiring you have to work incredibly hard to resist the temptation to micromanage your team. I still remember the first...

Funding an Australian Startup

After my previous post about why Macropod chose to stay in Australia, I received quite a few questions about raising money in Australia vs raising in the US and about our experience funding a startup generally. Whilst my post was quite...

Why we kept our Startup in Australia

Matt (my co-founder) and I started BugHerd more than four years ago. In startup terms, we’re not a successful company yet and we’re certainly no unicorn. But we’re still alive, and we still have a dream we want to deliver. It’s...