Entrepreneurship MVP Series 4: Contracts, Monitoring Progress

MVP Series 4: Contracts, Monitoring Progress

I posted about establishing your Milestones and Sprints in the last section. At this point, you should have a pretty good idea of the scope of the project. For example, is it 4-two week sprints for a total of eight weeks? If you have one developer declare that they can whip it out in a …

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Customer Development MVP Series 3: Ready, Pick a Vendor

MVP Series 3: Ready, Pick a Vendor

After fiddling with wireframes, you’ve done your customer development. using the PowerPoint demo. People like your idea – CHECK!  You can go past GO! But you don’t get to collect $200, yet. You have more work to do. You’ve drafted the specification. Pages, bullets, and versions are numbered. You’ve ruthlessly moved future features into that section …

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Customer Development Focus on the Here and Now

Focus on the Here and Now

Getting your startup off the ground is going to require you to nail down a ton of tasks – on a short deadline. As the Founder (new CEO?) some of the tasks are in your sweet spot, and some will require you to learn new skills. You will need to launch the right MVP product, …

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Customer Development MVP Series 1: I’m (possibly) launching a new product – want to follow along?

MVP Series 1: I’m (possibly) launching a new product – want to follow along?

I no longer fall in love with my own ideas. I treat them like an unloyal friend that will just as easily tease me into a long road of misery as they might be a partner in a great adventure! The reason is that your ideas will lie to you – well, technically they allow you …

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Go To Market Step by Step Guide to MVP Part 3 – Data Driven Decisions

Step by Step Guide to MVP Part 3 – Data Driven Decisions

Part 3 – Making your first data driven decision Given what you have discovered so far in your experiment, what’s your next step in investing in your MVP and this idea? Because it’s easy to spend reach cash on advertising it’s important to have a thesis on why you’re investing in this idea. What I’ve …

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Startup Ideas Minimum Viable Product Test – a Step by Step Guide

Minimum Viable Product Test – a Step by Step Guide

Originally posted on Venture Ready Financial Models. I was planning on giving a “Financial Model for Founders” talk at Seattle Startup Week (#SSW2016) in November. As I worked on the presentation, the final version is here on Slideshare, I realized that making this less conceptual and abstract the better so I wanted to use an …

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Startup NEXT Startup NEXT – Week 1 – Customer Development and Value of Ideas

Startup NEXT – Week 1 – Customer Development and Value of Ideas

This week I had the opportunity to open the new Startup NEXT pre-accelerator program in Seattle. Startup NEXT is a five-week program that helps startups increase their odds of success and compress their time frame to launch. Here are the slides from week 1.

Business Model Ideation Bootcamp – Week 3

Ideation Bootcamp – Week 3

NWEN – Founder Institute Ideation Bootcamp – Week 3 Justin Wilcox – Validating Your Idea NWEN Founder Institute Justin Wilcox Validating the Idea from Dave Parker Daniel Rossi – Finding Customers NWEN Founder Institute Week 3 Daniel Rossi Finding Customers from Dave Parker