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

Part 1 – Fundamental concepts

  • Chapter 1. Six pillars of modern entrepreneurial theory and how to use them.
    Yngve Dahle et al. CEO of LeanBusinessPlaform AS, Norway
  • Chapter 2. Pivoting in Software Startups.
    Sohaib Bajwa. Lecturer at University of Calgary, Canada
  • Chapter 3. The Perception and Management of Technical Debt.
    Luciana Nascimento et al. Prof. at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Chapter 4. Early-stage software startups: main challenges and possible answers
    Jorge Melegati. Ph.D student at University of Bolzano, Italy

Part 2 – Methodology

  • Chapter 5. A framework for characterization and analysis of Minimum Viable Products. Anh Nguyen Duc. Assc. Prof. at University of South Eastern Norway
  • Chapter 6. Software Development Methodology for Startup
    Leandro Pompermaier et al. Professor at Pontifical Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Chapter 7. Software Startup ESSENCE – How Should Software Startups Work?
    Pekka Abrahamsson et al. Prof. at Jyväskylä university, Finland
  • Chapter 8. Startup Metrics that Tech Entrepreneurs need to know
    Kai-Kristian Kemell et al. Ph.D student at Jyväskylä university, Finland

Part 3 – Interpersonal skills

  • Chapter 9. Yes, we can! Building a capable initial team
    Pertti Seppänen. Post-doctoral research at Oulu university, Finland
    Chapter 10. Teaching Customer Interview Skills Through Game-Based Learning
    Jürgen Münch et al. Prof. at Reutlingen University, Germany
    Chapter 11. Software Startup Education – A Transition From Theory to Practice
    Rafael Chanin et al. Ph.D student at Pontifical Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Part 4 – Marketing and Economics

  • Chapter 12. Investment practices in Silicon Valley – implications for startup founders
    Jason Grendus. Financial analyst at VerticalResponse, USA
  • Chapter 13. Open slot
  • Chapter 14. Open slot

Part 5 –Worldwide startup stories

  • Chapter 15. Lean Internal Startups: Challenges and Lessons Learned in Finland
    Henry Edison. Post-doctoral researcher at Lero, Ireland
  • Chapter 16. Key influencing factors in early-stage Norwegian hardware startups
    Anh Nguyen Duc. Assc. Prof. at University of South Eastern Norway
  • Chapter 17 The post-mortem analysis of the product-market fit failure by the Latvian database-as-a-service vendor
    Didzis Rutitis. Post-doctoral researcher at BA School of Business and Finance, Latvia
  • Chapter 18 Market Entry Strategies of IT Startup Owners in Russia
    Eugene Tsaplin. Angel Investor, Project manager at Telecom, Russia
  • Chapter 19 Thailand’s Tech Startup Ecosystem
    Aziz Nanthaamornphong et al. Asst. Prof. at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Part 6 –Startup Ecosystems

  • Chapter 20. The Roles of Incubators, Accelerators, Co-working Spaces, Mentors, and Events in the Startup Development Process
    Nirnaya Tripathi et al. Ph.D student at Oulu University, Finland
  • Chapter 21. Fostering open innovation in coworking spaces – A study of Norwegian startups
    Simone Sperinde et al. Student at University of Turin, Italy
  • Chapter 22. The maturity of startup ecosystems in New York, Tel Aviv and San Paolo
    Daniel Cukier et al. CTO of Playax, Brazil


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.