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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
      Speed
      If I’m heading toward the ground I want to build that parachute as fast as possible.
      Flexibility
      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
      http://www.joeshirey.com/
      Dave Drach, Managing Director, Microsoft Emerging Business Team
      http://www.bizspark.com/Blogs/david_drach/default.aspx
    • 2. Design and Mockup
      Balsamiq Mockups Demo
      http://balsamiq.com/
    • 3. Publish a Marketing Site
      Cheap but good looking website design
      99 designs ($400 - $1000)
      http://99designs.com/
      Cheap but solid hosting
      Discount ASP.Net ($20/month for web and DB)
      http://discountasp.net/
    • 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)
      http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/
    • 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/