.Netas an Awesome Startup Platform<br />Rudy Lacovara<br />
A History of Startup Platforms<br />1998 - Web 1.0<br />A large percentage of startups are built on ASP <br />2008 – Web 2.0<br />Most startups are built on Ruby/Rails or PHP. ASP.Net is ignored as a startup platform.<br />
What is a Startup?<br />“A regular company executes on a known business model. A startup is a company searching for their business model.”<br />- Unknown (but I’m sure I stole it from someone)<br />“Are you ready to jump off a tall building and build your parachute on the way down? Welcome to Startup Lounge”<br /> - Startup Lounge Podcast<br />
What I need in a Startup Architecture<br />Speed<br />If I’m heading toward the ground I want to build that parachute as fast as possible.<br />Flexibility<br />I assume that I’m going to make mistakes. Making big changes must be fast and easy. <br />
Four Steps to Launching a Startup<br />Signup for BizSpark<br />Design and Mockup<br />Publish a Marketing Website<br />Build your Minimum Viable Product<br />
1. Signup for BizSpark<br />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:<br />You are developing software<br />You are less than 3 years old<br />You have less than $1,000,000 annual revenue<br />You have some type of website up (even 1 page)<br />You can get someone like these guys to nominate you.<br />Joe Shirey, Microsoft Architecture Evangelist <br />http://www.joeshirey.com/<br />Dave Drach, Managing Director, Microsoft Emerging Business Team<br />http://www.bizspark.com/Blogs/david_drach/default.aspx<br />
2. Design and Mockup<br />Balsamiq Mockups Demo<br />Balsamiq is the Goldilocks UI mockup tool. It gives you the “just right” level of functionality. <br />http://balsamiq.com/<br />
3. Publish a Marketing Site<br />Cheap but good looking website design<br />99 designs ($400 - $1000)<br />http://99designs.com/<br />Cheap but solid hosting<br />Discount ASP.Net ($20/month for web and DB)<br />http://discountasp.net/<br />
4. Build Your Minimum Viable Product<br />HireFlo Architecture Demo<br />Asp.Net MVC = good<br />No Azure!!<br />No Entity Framework?<br />Embrace both HTML and SQL<br />Customer data requires better hosting:<br />($118 - $250/month for cloud server)<br />http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/<br />
We are in a Startup Renaissance!!(and Boulder / Denver is a hot spot)<br />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/<br />TechStars– One of the first Y Combinator style accelerator programs for early stage startups. http://www.techstars.org/<br />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/<br />StartupDigest– Weekly email digest by Chris McCann that tracks all of the tech startup related events in the Boulder / Denver area. http://startupdigest.com/<br />Lean Startup – Best practices for launching a startup by Eric Reis. Must see video here:http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2329<br />Feld Thoughts – Amazing blog by Brad Feld, Boulder resident and vocal venture capitalist.http://www.feld.com/wp/<br />
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