Life of a Cal Poly Entrepreneur Post Graduation

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  • Life of a Cal Poly Entrepreneur Post Graduation

    1. 1. Life of a Cal PolyEntrepreneur Post- Graduation Chris McCann @mccannatron
    2. 2. Big news, my companyStartupDigest was just acquired today. I’ll get back to this.
    3. 3. Overall Lesson
    4. 4. 2005-2009
    5. 5. Lesson: Get involved in stuff, it’s hard to know where it will take you.
    6. 6. 2009
    7. 7. First newsletter
    8. 8. First site
    9. 9. Lesson:Your first product will look like crap, get over it.
    10. 10. Subscriber Growth 3 months
    11. 11. Subscriber Growth 8 months
    12. 12. Subscriber Growth90000"80000"70000"60000"50000"40000"30000"20000"10000" 0" 16,Nov" 16,Dec" 16,Jan" 16,Feb" 16,Mar" 16,Apr" 16,May" 16,Jun" 16,Jul" 16,Aug" Today" 11 months
    13. 13. 16 0" 20000" 40000" 60000" 80000" 100000" 120000" 140000" 160000" 180000" 200000" (N ov " 16 (D ec " 16 (Ja n" 16 (F eb " 16 (M ar " 16 (A pr " 16 (M ay " 16 (Ju n" 16 (Ju l" 16 (A ug " 16 (S ep " 16 (O ct " 16 (N ov "16 months 16 (D ec " 16 (Ja n" 16 (F eb " To da y" Subscriber Growth
    14. 14. Bank Account
    15. 15. Lesson:Growth & attention success
    16. 16. Shit..
    17. 17. Lesson:Determination is the #1 thing.
    18. 18. Raised ~400KTested 8+ new business modelsDirect response, advertorials, education classes, events, lead- gen, job board, paid subscription, classifieds
    19. 19. How we test products Concept Commitment Design mockup $ MVP Product
    20. 20. VIP
    21. 21. Shit..
    22. 22. Split publications and software
    23. 23. Real example of how we tested the GroupTie product
    24. 24. How we test products Concept Commitment Design mockup $ MVP Product
    25. 25. Concept» Test interest demand
    26. 26. Commitment» Call for commitment
    27. 27. Design» Iterate quickly
    28. 28. MVP Product» Build initial core features
    29. 29. That’s my story so far
    30. 30. Overall Lesson
    31. 31. Final Counterintuitive Lesson:Start somewhere don’t think too much about the future.

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