Crazy is the new normal

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This is the deck of my lecture about software startups at the Delft University of Technology.

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Crazy is the new normal

  1. 1. Robbert van Geldrop| CTO & FounderICT Lecture – YES!Delft Students| May 2, 2013The messy truth of doing a startupStarting a company is easy, building abusiness is hard1
  2. 2. 2013: On our way to world domination2
  3. 3.  We’re always looking for smart students:• Internships• Bachelor and Master Thesis project• Part-time jobs• Full-time jobs Developers, sales reps, marketing executives… http://www.backupagent.com/company/careers3! Promotion alert ! – we’re hiring – thank you!
  4. 4. 41999 – 2004: Student and freelance developerI’m gonna build a softwarecompanyIf only I had a laptop
  5. 5. We were the ‘crazy software company’, because:• We had no experience• We stacked people and interns by the dozen• We didn’t lock ourselves in a room building the next ‘high tech,green, patent-pending, perfect product’• We got an investment (or ‘some beer money’)Back in 2005 it was not very common in Delft to start a softwarecompany52005: Both BackupAgent and YES!Delft we born
  6. 6. Thanks to the cloud, starting a software company is easy62013: ‘Crazy’ is the new normal
  7. 7. 7Lean Startup – Silicon Valley’s secret sauce
  8. 8. What you need to be successful:A good idea Strong visionDevelopers Coding skillsSome money TractionMore money Perseverance8The hard part
  9. 9. You also need to be passionate about yourcustomers and the problem you’re trying to solveANDSince starting a company is now easy, you’ll havemany competitors9The hard part – abundant competition
  10. 10.  A stable, competent, ambitious team is very rare Dismissing weak team members is challenging Hiring the right people is ‘impossible’10The hard part - team
  11. 11.  I was a student just like any other; with coding skills We ‘followed’ the Silicon Valley blue print Today, it’s cheap and easy to run a software startup The chance of success doesn’t increase, because there are manysuccess factors which you don’t control The only way to beat competition is by not wasting time andfocusing on the customer problem you’re solving11In summary
  12. 12. ContactFollow uswww.backupagent.comsales@backupagent.comTel: +31 88 700 8000@BackupAgentfacebook.com/BackupAgentyoutube.com/user/backupagentlinkedin.com/company/backupagent-bvQuestions?Thank you for listeningI’m also an EIR at YES!DelftRobbert van Geldroprobbert@backupagent.com@rvangeldrop

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