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So You Think You Can Do a Startup?

07.21.2013
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So, You Want to do a Startup? from Abby Fichtner, Hacker Chick on Vimeo.

So, you've got a big idea and want to do a startup. Awesome! Where will you start? There's no gathering customer requirements - this isn't a custom dev shop. Nor can you just go off & start building -- 9 out of 10 new products fail and *if you build it, they will come* is not the path to success.

Right! There's that whole Lean Startup methodology, but where do you start *with that*? In this interactive talk, I'll take a very pragmatic approach to helping ensure you're building a **viable business** out of your vision as you work up to your first product release. And we'll have fun with it, splitting up into startup teams and trying the ideas out in real-time during the session.

For the talk, I'll introduce the milestones that an early stage startup should strive for, and show you how to create Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) to drive towards these milestones.

I'll walk through a number of MVPs that you can build -- starting from things that require no software at all (customer interviews, concierge services) through to things you can quickly pull together with little to no code (landing pages, technology mashups). Evolving up to how to decide what to build in your first product release. And I'll include examples of how real startups are using each of these.

Get your seat for the talk here if you're going to Agile 2013.

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As Co-Organizer for Boston's Lean Startup Circle (3rd largest Lean Startup Circle in the world with almost 3,000 members), I'm a huge advocate for Lean Startup. As with any methodology - it's sometimes hard to know how to apply theory to practice. This talk will be based on what I've seen work (and not work!) amongst the hundreds of early stage startups that I've worked with.