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Life of a Cal Poly Entrepreneur Post Graduation Life of a Cal Poly Entrepreneur Post Graduation Presentation Transcript

  • Life of a Cal PolyEntrepreneur Post- Graduation Chris McCann @mccannatron
  • Big news, my companyStartupDigest was just acquired today. I’ll get back to this.
  • Overall Lesson
  • 2005-2009
  • Lesson: Get involved in stuff, it’s hard to know where it will take you.
  • 2009
  • First newsletter
  • First site
  • Lesson:Your first product will look like crap, get over it.
  • Subscriber Growth 3 months
  • Subscriber Growth 8 months
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bank Account
  • Lesson:Growth & attention success
  • Shit..
  • Lesson:Determination is the #1 thing.
  • Raised ~400KTested 8+ new business modelsDirect response, advertorials, education classes, events, lead- gen, job board, paid subscription, classifieds
  • How we test products Concept Commitment Design mockup $ MVP Product
  • VIP
  • Shit..
  • Split publications and software
  • Real example of how we tested the GroupTie product
  • How we test products Concept Commitment Design mockup $ MVP Product
  • Concept» Test interest demand
  • Commitment» Call for commitment
  • Design» Iterate quickly
  • MVP Product» Build initial core features
  • That’s my story so far
  • Overall Lesson
  • Final Counterintuitive Lesson:Start somewhere don’t think too much about the future.