Lean code and developers’ side projects

“I like to focus on software development, and marketing is really not my game.  I don’t like to step out of my comfort zone” It’s not too uncommon to hear something like this for when you work with developers who are working with side projects, helping them to build those missing pieces on marketing. Many… Continue reading Lean code and developers’ side projects

Checklist for creating and using your first lean canvas

  Lean Canvas is the first step that you get into when you have an idea. And, even when I collaborate with developers working on their side projects or some of the early startup projects, it’s not very uncommon that this step was not followed at all. And, my work with them starts with creating… Continue reading Checklist for creating and using your first lean canvas

Have an idea, what next?

This is one question (or some version of it) that is asked on Quora quite often. And, here is a long version of its reply. Launching a new business When you plan to startup, according to the old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and… Continue reading Have an idea, what next?

Checklist for articulation of pain point hypothesis (with a free downloadable PDF copy)

In my work with developers working on side projects and early-stage start-up founders, what I find common many a times is that there is a lack of awareness on the importance of a clarity on the pain point, but also an equal amount of difficulty in articulating the pain point even when there are handful… Continue reading Checklist for articulation of pain point hypothesis (with a free downloadable PDF copy)

If you get one paying customer does it mean your idea is validated?

Ye! It’s an awesome feeling when we get our first customer to sign up. It’s really a motivator to slog out to get more. But, when you are a new startup project, you are still trying to discover what kind of target audience and pain point does your product resonate and creates a significant value. … Continue reading If you get one paying customer does it mean your idea is validated?

Why do you need to bother about articulating the pain point during customer discovery?

  The key thing in customer discovery is to discover what works for your business model. There are two resources with an availability of limited quantity – money and time. So, you want to learn if your business model works are not in a short time and with as less spending. When you launch your… Continue reading Why do you need to bother about articulating the pain point during customer discovery?

The role of an MVP: traction vs vision?

New product building recognizes that when you focus on understanding your users and how they discover and adopt your products, you can build features that help you acquire and retain more users, rather than just building it based on what you perceive would work for the customers. And all this is answered only through traction… Continue reading The role of an MVP: traction vs vision?