As high-profile startups like Dropbox apply Lean Startup strategies, mainstream business press starts to take notice
The DC Lean Startup Circle hosted Eric Ries and Dave McClure Friday night for an entertaining talk about entrepreneurship with local startups.
For lean startup entrepreneurs, good Karma is better than a Sand Hill Road rolodex. Here’s how to get some.
Reaching out to prospective customers to gauge interest for your starup idea is a skill that takes practice. Some tips from my experiences.
Most startups fail, and many entrepreneurs only succeed after multiple attempts. Even if failure is inevitable, there are benefits simply from trying to create something new.
Start-up success depends on rapidly figuring out what customers will actually buy, a process that often requires quickly hacking solutions and other bad software practices for the enterprise. Unfortunately most of us get our tech skills from the enterprise – an environment where cutting corners usually causes more long-term problems than benefits. As a profession we need better practices for lean startups
Vetting the opportunity – not just the market need – is critical for the lean startup. In ManyWheels we successfully used lean approaches to identify a market need and a solution that solved it. In retrospect we could have saved ourselves months of work by asking our customers for early sales commitments. The sale didn’t matter as much as the customer learning from trying to sell
A lean startup approach is a commitment to entrepreneurial mindset, a recognition that the worst enemy of startups is the illusion of knowledge about what a market wants. In other words, a lean startup entrepreneur needs to accept and try to overcome the limitations of her mind
There is, indeed, very likely a best programming language for your startup. But you won’t identify it using the traditional technical debates.