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Making Sure You Are Ready toBegin Building Your MVPColoftApril 2013Tony Karrer, Ph.D.CEO, TechEmpower, Inc.akarrer@techemp...
2Background• Ph.D. Computer Science, LMU Professor CS 10 Years• Founder– Sprinkler Systems Installation (age 15)– Knowledg...
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4Stage?Idea Ready to Build MVPLaunched• Volunteers?
5Why Are You Building an MVP• Get Next Round of Investment• Get Early Customers• Test / Prove Aspects of Product– Cost of ...
6MVP Homework• Customer Interviews: Problem, Solution, Feature• Minimum?• Features?– http://www.socalcto.com/2011/08/32-qu...
7Document for a Developer• Business / Product Concept• User Types• User Stories• Wireframes• Feature Specification• Techni...
8Balsamiq
9Founder Developer Gap• Mark Suster, GRP, IdealStartup Team– http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2013/02/06/how-to-configur...
10Protect Yourself• Own the Document/Issue Tracker/Code Repository,Hosting Arrangement, SSL Certificates, etc.• Iterations...
11Development Issues• http://www.socalcto.com/2010/03/symptoms-of-weak-development-team.html• Missed deadlines• Delivery o...
12Learn to Test• Edge Cases• Cross Device(Email - Litmus)• Performance• http://www.softwareqatest.com/qatweb1.html
Making Sure You Are Ready toBegin Building Your MVPColoftApril 2013Tony Karrer, Ph.D.CEO, TechEmpower, Inc.akarrer@techemp...
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  1. 1. Making Sure You Are Ready toBegin Building Your MVPColoftApril 2013Tony Karrer, Ph.D.CEO, TechEmpower, Inc.akarrer@techempower.comhttp://socalcto.com
  2. 2. 2Background• Ph.D. Computer Science, LMU Professor CS 10 Years• Founder– Sprinkler Systems Installation (age 15)– Knowledge Stream ($59M exit)– TechEmpower (1997 - present)– Aggregage (2010 – present)• Part-Time CTO / Technical Advisor– Talk with 100+ startups each year
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  4. 4. 4Stage?Idea Ready to Build MVPLaunched• Volunteers?
  5. 5. 5Why Are You Building an MVP• Get Next Round of Investment• Get Early Customers• Test / Prove Aspects of Product– Cost of Customer Acquisition– Conversion Rates / Pricing– Viral Coefficient
  6. 6. 6MVP Homework• Customer Interviews: Problem, Solution, Feature• Minimum?• Features?– http://www.socalcto.com/2011/08/32-questions-developers-may-have-forgot.html
  7. 7. 7Document for a Developer• Business / Product Concept• User Types• User Stories• Wireframes• Feature Specification• Technical Requirements (Scale, Systems)• Others– Personas– Use cases– Requirements
  8. 8. 8Balsamiq
  9. 9. 9Founder Developer Gap• Mark Suster, GRP, IdealStartup Team– http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2013/02/06/how-to-configure-your-startup-team/Technical AdvisorProgrammer FriendPart-time CTO?
  10. 10. 10Protect Yourself• Own the Document/Issue Tracker/Code Repository,Hosting Arrangement, SSL Certificates, etc.• Iterations• Deliverables/Features/Functions• Test, Fix Process• Price - Not to Exceed• Termination• Agile?
  11. 11. 11Development Issues• http://www.socalcto.com/2010/03/symptoms-of-weak-development-team.html• Missed deadlines• Delivery of code/product that clearly has not been tested;Bugs – no big deal. The system keeps crashing – noproblem; Annoyed at testers for finding bugs.• Fixing one thing breaks something else• No attention to detail, don’t ask questions
  12. 12. 12Learn to Test• Edge Cases• Cross Device(Email - Litmus)• Performance• http://www.softwareqatest.com/qatweb1.html
  13. 13. Making Sure You Are Ready toBegin Building Your MVPColoftApril 2013Tony Karrer, Ph.D.CEO, TechEmpower, Inc.akarrer@techempower.comhttp://socalcto.com

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