John ShipleFreelanceCTO recommends the following tools and resources to help you accelerate your Technology development.

Architecture, Design, and UX Tools

Balsamiq Mockups

  • Balsamiq Mockups is fast becoming the lingua franca for mockup and wireframe development.


  • Keynotopia offers a set of templates for UI design and mockup creation for practically every platform on the market – Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, etc. The templates are vector-based and work in popular environments like Keynote, PowerPoint, and OpenOffice.



The Art of Scalability by Martin Abbott and Michael Fisher

  • This is a must-have book for any CTO or senior Technology manager. John flagged it as his 2010 Book of the Year.

Community Building on the Web: Secret Strategies for Successful Online Communities by Amy Jo Kim

  • Building an online community? This is your new bible.

The Four Steps to the Epiphany

  • The definitive guide to Customer Development

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A cheat sheet to The Four Steps to the Epiphany

  • Patrick Vlaskovits “cheat sheet” for “The Four Steps to the Epiphany”