RookieOven Blog

Finding Customers for Your Business

By Charlotte Dougall | June 7, 2018

A business can’t really be successful if it doesn’t have any customers. Your customers should be at the heart of what you do, but how do you find them to begin with? It may seem like the most daunting part of starting your own business, but it doesn’t have to be so bad.

5 Reasons Coworking Works

By Charlotte Dougall | April 26, 2018

When starting a business, you might be drawn in by the appeal of working in your pyjamas on the couch. If you’re going it alone, you’ll probably be looking to cut your costs down as much as possible in the early stages of your business, so renting an office space might not be an accessible option for you. Working at a coworking space like RookieOven gives you the best of both worlds - flexible, affordable office space with the freedom to be creative and build your business on your own terms.

Ahead of the Curve - 3 Startups Working with Local Government for a Digital Future

By Rachel Guthartz | April 17, 2018

The UK is on the verge of a distinct moment of local government innovation. UrbanTech – new digital technologies, provided by small, dynamic companies – has the potential to not only deliver faster, more user-centred local services for citizens, but can provide an important tool in easing the budgetary pressure councils are seeing grow year on year.

10 Things to Consider When Writing Your Business Plan - Part Two

By Charlotte Dougall | April 13, 2018

All great businesses start with a great business plan. It might sound unnecessary, but taking the time to sit and map out your objectives and intentions for your business can help provide some much needed direction for your company, and showcase which areas you should be focusing on to get yourself off the ground.

Startup Spotlight - Blog and Beyond

By Michael Hayes | April 6, 2018

The RookieOven Startup Spotlight highlights a member of the Scottish tech startup community. The aim is to, as the name suggests, put the spotlight on Scotland’s best startups from across the country. It’s an opportunity to share information about an exciting tech startup from Scotland you may not have heard of. Giving a brief overview of the company, what they do, where they are and who they are. This post the spotlight falls on RookieOven tenant Blog and Beyond.

10 Things to Consider When Writing Your Business Plan - Part One

By Charlotte Dougall | April 3, 2018

All great businesses start with a great business plan. It might sound unnecessary, but taking the time to sit and map out your objectives and intentions for your business can help provide some much needed direction for your company, and showcase which areas you should be focusing on to get yourself off the ground.

Startup Spotlight - With Jack

By Charlotte Dougall | March 6, 2018

The RookieOven Startup Spotlight highlights a member of the Scottish tech startup community. The aim is to, as the name suggests, put the spotlight on Scotland’s best startups from across the country. It’s an opportunity to share information about an exciting tech startup from Scotland you may not have heard of. Giving a brief overview of the company, what they do, where they are and who they are. This post the spotlight falls on RookieOven tenant With Jack.

Introducing Digital Technology Meetup Glasgow

By Michael Hayes | August 21, 2017

Glasgow is a world leading tourist destination with a rich history, spectacular events and diverse culture. Glasgow is also home to a strong and vibrant community of world leading technology companies (as showcased by RookieOven).

Just Add Code

By John Bell | August 18, 2017

If you're reading this I'll hazard a crazy guess you're involved in tech. So when did you start to learn about it? When you were a child or a teenager? From a website or even...a book? You may just be amazed at how things have changed...

An Introduction to Metrics Driven Development — build features that change real numbers.

By Michael Carr | July 30, 2017

How many times have developers picked up tickets because they were in the backlog? Delivered them and never asked why? Metrics driven development tries to put an end to this. It focuses the teams and business on building features that aim to have high impact on what matters i.e. logins, revenue, or sign ups. You can read more about this in a blog I posted back in February. I want to talk about where I used this methodology in a real world example, and how this could change the way your organisation works forever.

Grenfell Tower Support Hack

By Michael Hayes | June 23, 2017

What happened on 14 June was terrible. The fire that devastated the Grenfell Tower took 79 lives and changes many more. In the days and weeks following the fire there has been such a clear need to support those effected. So what can the people of Glasgow do to help?

Making mobile affordable

By Michael Hayes | June 22, 2017

Technology is changing our lives at an ever increasing rate and by extension changing how businesses operate. Therefore businesses should be investing in technology but it can be very expensive. A typical mobile app can cost easily over £20,000 but RookieOven tenant Add Jam have a solution for making mobile affordable and accessible to more businesses - Pocket Leap.

Founders4Schools comes to Scotland

By Michael Hayes | June 15, 2017

RookieOven works hard to create a better startup community in Scotland and we strongly feel a large part of this is taking time to foster the next generation of tech talent. We do this with our Academy programmes that have run over the past 12 months but we're alway eager to see more happening to inspire young people and give them fresh opportunities they otherwise wouldn't have.

Scottish startups don't have to be based in Scotland

By Michael Hayes | June 14, 2017

With RookieOven I've always tried my best to shine a spotlight on tech companies and happenings across Scotland. The blog has covered startups from Ayr to Aberdeen over the years but last week, for the first time, I added a startup based in California to the RookieOven job board. If we're all about helping Scottish startups why would we do that? Well I think you don't necessarily need to be based in Scotland full time to play a part in our tech community. Here's a few examples.

RookieOven Academy - What our students are telling us

By John Bell | March 17, 2017

As well as gearing up for RookieOven Academy Three, we've been reflecting on the last two Academies and taking the time to figure out what's working well, what needs improved and what (if anything), needs 'moved to trash'.