Document Your MVP for a Developer


He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product. what format would you and the developer want that in? You likely are writing your first one of these.

Steve Blank Discusses The Origin And Future Of The Lean Startup Movement


The Lean Startup approach dictates that successful customer development is an iterative process. By conceptualizing, selling, gathering feedback and then developing a product, startups achieve success more quickly and economically.

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How Investors Think About Valuation of Pre-Revenue Startups


There's a lot out there around Customer Development - read Steve Blank : Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack - Steve Blank , October 25, 2010 Checklists for Chaos, The Path to Success - Steve Blank , October 28, 2010 and reading about Lean, MVPs, etc. I should try to come back and write about this more, but the point of this post is that it's important not to only think about this aspect.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


500 Hats , January 10, 2010 Developing new startup ideas - Chris Dixon , March 14, 2010 Batch Processing Millions and Millions of Images - Code as Craft , July 9, 2010 jQuery Plugin: Give Your Characters a NobleCount - The Product Guy , March 23, 2010 How do the sample Series Seed financing documents differ from typical Series A financing documents? Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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It was a pleasure to write them myself. He wanted to build direct customer relationships to get product feedback but only 2% of customers would ever return their registration cards. But also when you’re developing so is your competitor.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010


aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network) - 500 Hats , November 1, 2010 I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues. Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers - SoCal CTO , November 1, 2010 I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? But I didn’t write it for you; I wrote it for myself.

Why The ‘Fail Fast’ Mantra Needs to Fail

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And how do you think the next person who’s thinking about writing you a check going to feel about that sort of cavalier attitude with their money? Research this market by doing market sizing, looking at existing products, talking to customers and deciding how you will make money.

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010


How a startup should leverage a personal assistant - A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks , August 30, 2010 Rob Walling generously allowed me to reprint this excerpt from his new book, "Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup" available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon and in PDF and ePub from We had to write a CRM to keep track of them all. Develop your business plan. Developer.

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Domain Experience Gives Entrepreneurs an Unfair Advantage

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There’s one attribute (coming soon) that I need to have in order to write a check but I don’t believe is vital for success. Before they’re presenting I want to know “what unique experiences you bring to the table that are going to give your business a faster time to market, a better designed product, more knowledge of your customers problems – a higher likelihood of success.&# It’s what many VC’s call, “An unfair advantage.&#.