Software Startup Book – Guide for Authors

We are still calling for contributions to an academic book entitled “Fundamentals of Software Startups: Essential Engineering and Business Aspects

A book to be published by Springer and edited by:


Despite a few successful cases, starting up a business is a high-risk activity. Majority of startups fail within the first two years of their creation. While many entrepreneurs depend on their intuitions and experience to make decisions during their journeys, empirical research could be a valuable and reliable body of knowledge about known challenges, patterns and best practices that help to reduce risks and wasted efforts. The book firstly presents a consolidated description of important phenomena that commonly occurs among software startups. The described phenomena are inter-disciplinary and associated with the development of both business and products, such as pivoting, development of Minimum viable product, continuous experimentation, and team competence. Secondly, the book presents the methodologies adopted by many software startups. The proposed techniques, metrics, frameworks, tools and practices for software startups are presented both with scientific approaches and application context, making them accessible for readers to apply in their own companies. Last but not least, the book covers several cases capturing start-ups’ journey and the challenges and lessons learned with product development in different stages.

Table of Content

  • Chapter 0. The introduction to Software Startup Engineering. Anh Nguyen Duc, XiaoFeng Wang, Rafael Prikladnicki, Juergen Mueunch, and Pekka Abrahamsson

Part 1 – Fundamental Concepts 

  • Chapter 1. Six pillars of modern entrepreneurial theory and how to use them. Yngve Dahle, Anh Nguyen-Duc, Martin Steinert and Kevin Reuther
  • Chapter 2. Pivoting in Software Startups. Sohaib Shahid Bajwa
  • Chapter 3. Yes, we can! Building a capable initial team. Pertti Seppänen
  • Chapter 4. The Perception and Management of Technical Debt in Software Startups. Cecilia Apa, Helvio Jeronimo Junior, Luciana M. Nascimento, Diego Vallespir,
    and Guilherme Horta Travassos

Part 2 – Startup Engineering Methodology

  • Chapter 5. A framework for characterization and analysis of Minimum Viable Products. Anh Nguyen-Duc
  • Chapter 6. Software Development Methodology for Startup. Leandro Pompermaier and Rafael Prikladnicki
  • Chapter 7. Software Startup ESSENCE – How Should Software Startups Work? Kai-Kristian Kemell, Anh Nguyen-Duc, Xiaofeng Wang, Juhani Risku
    and Pekka Abrahamsson
  • Chapter 8. Startup Metrics that Tech Entrepreneurs need to know. Kai-Kristian Kemell, Anh Nguyen Duc, Jason Grendus, Tuure Tuunanen,
    Xiaofeng Wang,  and Pekka Abrahamsson

Part 3 – Training and Education

  • Chapter 9. Software Startup Education – A Transition From Theory to Practice. Rafael Chanin, Afonso Sales and Rafael Prikladnicki
  • Chapter 10. Teaching “through” Entrepreneurship: an Experience Report. Xiaofeng Wang,Dron Khanna and Marco Mondini
  • Chapter 11. Early-stage software startups: main challenges and possible answers. Jorge Melegati and Fabio Kon
  • Chapter 12. TBC

Part 4 –Startup Ecosystems

  • Chapter 13. The Roles of Incubators, Accelerators, Co-working Spaces, Mentors, and Events in the Startup Development Process. Nirnaya Tripathi and Markku Oivo
  • Chapter 14. Fostering open innovation in coworking spaces – A study of Norwegian startups. Simone Sperinde and Anh Nguyen Duc
  • Chapter 15. The maturity of startup ecosystems – The cases of New York, Tel Aviv and San Paolo. Daniel Cukier, Enxhi Gjini, Fabio Kon and Xiaofeng Wang
  • Chapter 16. Thailand’s Tech Startup Ecosystem. Aziz Nanthaamornphong and Rattana Wetprasit

Part 5 –Worldwide startup stories

  • Chapter 17. Lean Internal Startups: Challenges and Lessons Learned. Henry Edison
  • Chapter 18. Key influencing factors in early-stage Norwegian hardware startups– A trilateral model of speed, resource and quality. Vebjørn Berg, Jørgen Birkeland, Khan Khalid, Ilias Pappas,  Anh Nguyen Duc and Letizia Jaccheri
  • Chapter 19. The rise and fall of a database-as-a-service Latvian unicorn. Didzis Rutitis and Tatjana Volkova
  • Chapter 20. Triggers of Business Success of IT Startup Owners in Russia. Evgeny Tsaplin and Olga Kosova



To ensure the quality of the book, we would like to have an interactive collaboration with our invited writers. We expect high-quality contribution, which will pass a peer-review process.

The book chapter should be written in the following format:

  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In a few paragraphs, explain the information your chapter will cover. This section should give people a reason to continue reading. Be sure to summarise your main points and key takeaways.
  2. INTRODUCTION: Give a context of the investigated problem. Present the current understanding of the problem. State the purpose of the work in the form of the hypothesis, question, or problem you investigated. Use the active voice as much as possible. Some use of the first person is okay, but do not overdo it
  3. MAIN POINT 1: Cluster the points you want to make. Provide evidence to support your arguments
  4. MAIN POINT 2 …
  5. RELATED WORK: briefly summarise relevant scientific or known publications, i.e. book, scientific papers, white papers, etc.
  6. METHOD: briefly describes how the results were generated
  7. CONCLUSION: Discuss the findings. Provide implications for entrepreneurs, and researchers.
A chapter should also be properly styled and formatted:
  • Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNCS format and should not exceed 15 pages, including all text, figures, references, and appendices. Information about the Springer LNCS format can be found at
  • Figures should be a high-quality image in any common image format.
  • Abbreviations should be defined in parentheses the first time they appear in the abstract, main text, and in figure or table captions and used consistently thereafter.
  • The list of references should be alphabetically by the last name of the first author, and numbered serially. Citations in the text should be identified by appropriate numbers in square brackets, and consecutive references should be concatenated (e.g. [7, 12-15]). The names of all authors should be listed. References by the same author or group of authors should be listed in chronological order.
To facilitate proper peer-reviewing of your manuscript, it is essential that it is submitted in grammatically correct English. If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend that you have your manuscript professionally edited before submission or read by a native English-speaking colleague.


The chapter should be submitted via Easy Chair:

Each manuscript would be gone through a rigorous peer-review process together with ethical policies and standards to ensure the selection of high-quality scientific works. If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. A submitted manuscript will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. We will only accept the work that passes our selection criteria.