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Succeeding? Failing? Learning (Hub Camp 15)

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Lessons learned while building products in the past ~20 years

Lessons learned while building products in the past ~20 years

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    Succeeding? Failing? Learning (Hub Camp 15) Succeeding? Failing? Learning (Hub Camp 15) Presentation Transcript

    • Succeeding?Failing?Learning!Alan MendelevičAdDuplex
    • “80 percent of success is showing up”Woody Allen
    • Story #1Wheel of fortune(late 80s - early 90s)
    • Sinclair ZX Spectrum+
    • Lesson #1See an opportunity where othersonly see a problem
    • Lesson #2Avoid crappy people
    • Story #2ArticleCentral.com(1999 – sold in 2002)
    • Lesson #3Failure leads to next opportunity
    • My first and only exitto date (2002)
    • 2004
    • Lesson #4Timing is everything
    • Story #3SPAW Editor(2003 – 2008)
    • v.1.0 (2003)
    • Lesson #5Sustainable business model isimportant(unless you have investor money to burn)
    • v.1.1 (2006)
    • Lesson #6Go all-ina.k.a.consulting is your startup’s enemya.k.a.don’t quit your 9-to-5 job to start a startup
    • v.2 (2007)
    • Lesson #4Timing is everything(too late this time)
    • Story #4amCharts for WPF, Silverlightand Windows Phone(2008 - 2012)
    • Lesson #7Scratch your own itcha.k.a.money can’t be your only motivation
    • Lesson #8Success is not [necessarily]transferable
    • Story #5MVPonT & Twuel(2010)
    • Lesson #9Don’t get too excited with earlysuccess
    • Lesson #10Do your homework a.k.a. marketresearch
    • The cross-promotion networkfor Windows Phone andWindows Store appsadvertise before you monetize
    •  See an opportunity where others only see a problem Avoid crappy people Failure leads to next opportunity Timing is everything Sustainable business model is important Go all-in Scratch your own itch Success is not [necessarily] transferable Don’t get too excited with early success Do your homework a.k.a. market research
    • ”We have been watching AdDuplex for close to twoyears and were really impressed with the progressthe team made”Practica Capital partner Petras Mičiūnas
    • Looking for• C# developers• Front-end web developer• Sales leadDetails: http://www.adduplex.com/jobs
    • “… life is a lesson, you learn itwhen youre through”Limp Bizkit (?)
    • Alan Mendelevičalan@adduplex.com@ailon.NET web developers,Windows Phone developer,Front-end web developer,Sales lead … join us!http://www.adduplex.com/jobs
    • Image credits• Sinclair ZX Spectrum+ -http://www.old-computers.com• ZX Spectrum+ Manual – Retronauthttp://www.retronaut.co/2011/08/zx-spectrum-plus-user-guide/• Integral/Acer -http://englishrussia.com/2009/12/24/in-belarus-weve-got-integral/