The Four Steps to the Epiphany book has dramatically contributed to shape what today is known as the Lean Startup movement. One of the fundamental concepts illustrated in the book is the idea of customer development. One of the best things you can do to ensure the success of your business is to talk with your customers and validate your product before you building it.
Following that model the Opportunity Analysis Project (OAP) phase revolved around customer interviews and validating the hypothesis expressed in the Business Model Canvas created at the beginning of the session. While the process looks simple in theory, there are a lot of pitfalls and things to know about in order to run successful experiments.
With teams formed and pressing ahead with the first assignment one of the first tasks on the list is idea generation. I’m sure some folks came to the course with a great idea, but what if you could increase your chances to find the right idea and get the opportunity to fully explore your team’s potential?
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been involved in a brainstorming session before even if you didn’t realise it was one. If it was any close to traditional brainstorming you were probably in a room with a few friends or colleagues, most likely in front of a whiteboard and one of you was frantically scribbling down as the rest of the team was blurting stuff out. This sounds all fine and dandy, except that it’s not. There are three main problems with a situation like that:
New teams are being formed in sight of the real beginning of the course next week and as I bid farewell to my old group I’m excited to join some awesome people in The Adventure Lab. This series has just got better, I promise you, so make sure you don’t miss a post.
Team collaboration has been pivotal to the success of the project and with a lot of remote and distributed teams is worth to take a look at the tooling that made that collaboration possible. Read on to find out about the top 5 collaboration tools used by many teams and some tips and tricks.
The first two weeks of the Venture Lab course centered around team building. This makes sense as people form groups in preparation for the real start next week. The teams were initially formed by random selection and in a lot of cases yielded poor results. But even with a difficult situation at hand you can still turn things around if you keep a few things in mind.
Last year a spur of online courses was announced among which featured the Technology Entrepreneurship course offered by the Stanford University. I jumped on this as soon as I found out about it and started counting the days to launch like a kid counts the days to Christmas. The course got delayed twice, but has finally started almost two weeks ago and the first assignment is in progress. You might know engineers that over the years have [...]
I’ve spent the last 4 weeks trying very hard to close a deal with an influential company, let’s call it X, to build a bespoke version of my startup’s product. The deal was officially off a few days ago and while I wasn’t too upset about the result itself, I was disappointed by what I felt was the overall tone of the conversation. The negotiation wasn’t great, they were unable to be flexible and were [...]
The Plusconf event on web applications and lean startups had a great speakers list: Hiten Shah of Kissmetrics fame, Allan Branch from LessEverything.com, Todd Garland CEO of BuySellAds.com, Dan Martell c-founder of Flowtown, Noah from appsumo and David Cancel CEO of Performable. Being able to tap into such great amount of knowledge was an absolute pleasure and a great opportunity. With such a group of great entrepreneurs the conference was the success everybody expected (minus some technical difficulties…the joys of technology). [...]
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