Startup early traction: Crossword puzzle

This crossword puzzle is about how some of the big startups got their early users. All the startups are big names today (see the answer pool below) and it is hard to believe in many situations as to what they did to get their early traction. All the information used in this crossword is based… Continue reading Startup early traction: Crossword puzzle

Free eBook: Getting the first 100 customers for your startup

Early in a start-up’s life, the main focus is on building the right product for the right market. For most start-ups, this is the period when you start winning your first 10 or 100 customers. If you don’t have buyers, you don’t have a business. Without customers, it doesn’t matter how awesome your start-up is,… Continue reading Free eBook: Getting the first 100 customers for your startup

Did you know there are 11 types of users that you meet?

When we launch a new product, people around us in our network – family members, friends, associates, and well-wishers may be among the first few users who come on board. There are two clear advantages of doing that – first, they are much more easily accessible than complete strangers and secondly, they all mean well for… Continue reading Did you know there are 11 types of users that you meet?

6 Reasons you didn’t cross paths with early adopter by choice

  While it is fairly straightforward that you need early adopters to build a new product successfully, it’s also usually true that founders find it hard to seek them and work with them. Existence of problem Before we get into that, let’s just recap few things and set a context to understand the situation in… Continue reading 6 Reasons you didn’t cross paths with early adopter by choice

4 Signs to know if you are not with early adopters

When you’re just starting you have one main priority: validating that the problem you are trying to solve is in fact real. In other words, you want to find those people who currently have a pain point that you want to solve. Figuring out who that someone is therefore crucial to your survival. Who they… Continue reading 4 Signs to know if you are not with early adopters

How do I get my first 100 users for feedback, after building the MVP?

(Adopted from replies to two questions on Quora over past few months) There are two kinds of people that you may seek – (1) Early adopters — These are the people who you need desperately at an early stage to validate and evolve your business model. These are the people who are already trying to solve… Continue reading How do I get my first 100 users for feedback, after building the MVP?

Why is finding and engaging with early adopters hard?

  The riskiest assumption, for your start-up in the beginning, is whether there are any people actively trying to solve the problem your product will solve for them. These are the people we call early adopters. Your goals is really to find if there are people already trying to solve the problem (that you are… Continue reading Why is finding and engaging with early adopters hard?