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Net as an awesome startup platform

Net as an awesome startup platform



This is the slide deck for my presentation at the Denver Tech Trifecta.

This is the slide deck for my presentation at the Denver Tech Trifecta.



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    Net as an awesome startup platform Net as an awesome startup platform Presentation Transcript

    • .Netas an Awesome Startup Platform
      Rudy Lacovara
    • A History of Startup Platforms
      1998 - Web 1.0
      A large percentage of startups are built on ASP
      2008 – Web 2.0
      Most startups are built on Ruby/Rails or PHP. ASP.Net is ignored as a startup platform.
    • What is a Startup?
      “A regular company executes on a known business model. A startup is a company searching for a business model.”
      - Unknown (but I’m sure I stole it from someone)
    • What I need in a Startup Architecture
      If I’m heading toward the ground I want to build that parachute as fast as possible.
      I assume that I’m going to make mistakes. Making big changes must be fast and easy.
    • Four Steps to Launching a Startup
      Signup for BizSpark
      Design and Mockup
      Publish a Marketing Website
      Build your Minimum Viable Product
    • 1. Signup for BizSpark
      Go to http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/and Microsoft will give you every software product they make for FREE for 3 years if your company meet these requirements:
      You are developing software
      You are less than 3 years old
      You have less than $1,000,000 annual revenue
      You have some type of website up (even 1 page)
      You can get someone like these guys to nominate you.
      Joe Shirey, Microsoft Architecture Evangelist
      Dave Drach, Managing Director, Microsoft Emerging Business Team
    • 2. Design and Mockup
      Balsamiq Mockups Demo
    • 3. Publish a Marketing Site
      Cheap but good looking website design
      99 designs ($400 - $1000)
      Cheap but solid hosting
      Discount ASP.Net ($20/month for web and DB)
    • 4. Build Your Minimum Viable Product
      HireFlo Architecture Demo
      Asp.Net MVC = good
      No Azure!!
      No Entity Framework?
      Embrace both HTML and SQL
      Customer data requires better hosting:
      ($118 - $250/month for cloud server)
    • We are in a Startup Renaissance!!(and Boulder / Denver is a hot spot)
      newtechMeetup– About 4 tech startups present in Denver and Boulder every month. The Denver meetup meets on Auraria Campus. The Boulder meetup has free beer! http://www.bdnewtech.com/
      TechStars– One of the first Y Combinator style accelerator programs for early stage startups. http://www.techstars.org/
      Open Angel Forum – Angel Investors meet in Boulder about twice a year to hear pitches from early stage startups and possibly fund them. http://openangelforum.com/
      StartupDigest– Weekly email digest by Chris McCann that tracks all of the tech startup related events in the Boulder / Denver area. http://startupdigest.com/
      Lean Startup – Best practices for launching a startup by Eric Reis. Must see video here:http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2329
      Feld Thoughts – Amazing blog by Brad Feld, Boulder resident and vocal venture capitalist.http://www.feld.com/wp/