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  • Why Accountants Don’t Run Startups
    Steve Blank
    Stanford - School of Engineering
    U.C. Berkeley - Haas School Of Business
    www.steveblank.com
    Twitter: sgblank
  • Early-Stage Ventures
  • I Drew This
    CustomerDiscovery
    Company
    Building
    CustomerValidation
    Customer Creation
    Pivot
  • I Called It:Customer Development
    CustomerDiscovery
    Company
    Building
    CustomerValidation
    Customer Creation
    Pivot
  • I Wrote This
  • A Few People Read It
  • I Write a Blog
    www.steveblank.com
  • Five Short Stories
  • Not All Startups Are Equal
  • Small Business
    Startup
    Small Business Startups
  • Small Business
    Startup
    - Business Model found
    - Profitable business
    • Existing team
    < $10M in revenue
    Small Business Startups
  • Small Business
    Startup
    - Business Model found
    - Profitable business
    • Existing team
    < $10M in revenue
    Small Business Startups
    • 5.7 million small businesses in the U.S. <500 employees
    • 99.7% of all companies
    • ~ 50% of total U.S. workers
    http://www.sba.gov/advo/stats/sbfaq.pdf
  • Small Business Startup:Internet Edition
    Small Business
    Startup
    - Business Model found
    - Profitable business
    • Existing team
    < $10M in revenue
    • The Internet allows a new class of Small Businesses
    • Not all businesses on the Internet are “Scalable Startups”
  • Large Company Sustaining Innovation
    Sustaining Innovation
    Transition
    Scalable
    Startup
    Large Company
    • Existing Market
    • Incremental improvements
  • Large Company Disruptive Innovation
    New Division
    Transition
    Large Company
    Disruptive Innovation
    • New Market
    • New tech, customers, channels
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Large Company
    >$100M/year
    Scalable Startup
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Large Company
    >$100M/year
    • Total Available Market > $500m
    • Company can grow to $100m/year
    • Business model found
    • Focused on execution and process
    Scalable Startup
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Large Company
    >$100M/year
    • Total Available Market > $500m
    • Company can grow to $100m/year
    • Business model found
    • Focused on execution and process
    • Typically requires “risk capital”
    Scalable Startup
    • In contrast a scalable startup is designed to grow big
    • Typically needs risk capital
    • What Silicon Valley means when they say “Startup”
  • Very Different Startup Goals
    Small Business
    Startup
    - Business Model found
    - Profitable business
    • Existing team
    < $10M
    Scalable
    Startup
    Large Company
    • Total Available Market > $500m
    • Company can grow to $100m/year
    • Business model found
    • Focused on execution and process
    • Typically requires “risk capital”
  • Venture Firms Invest in Scalable Startups
    Small Business
    Startup
    Scalable
    Startup
    Large Company
  • What VC’s Don’t Tell You:The Transition
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Search
    Build
    Grow
  • What VC’s Don’t Tell You:The Transition – Founders Leave
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    • Founders depart
    • Professional Mgmt
    • Process
    • Beginning of scale
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    • Business Model found
    • i.e. Product/Market fit
    - Repeatable sales model
    - Managers hired
    What’s A Startup?
    A Startup is the organization used to search for a scalable business model
  • Plan versus Model
  • No Business Plan survives first contact with customers
  • So Search for a Business Model
  • The Search for a Business Model
    • A Business Plan is static
    • A Business Model diagrams how a company creates, delivers and captures value – it’s dynamic
    • Or in English: How a company makes money
  • Emphasis On Hypotheses Testing
  • Startups Continually Pivot (Iterate)
  • Startups Search and Pivot
    The Search for the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    • Business Model found
    • i.e. Product/Market fit
    - Repeatable sales model
    - Managers hired
  • Startups Search, Companies Execute
    The Execution of the Business Model
    The Search for the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    - Cash-flow breakeven
    - Profitable
    - Rapid scale
    - New Senior Mgmt
    ~ 150 people
    • Business Model found
    • Product/Market fit
    - Repeatable sales model
    - Managers hired
  • Metrics Versus Accounting
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large
    Company
    Traditional Accounting
    • Balance Sheet
    • Cash Flow Statement
    • Income Statement
  • Metrics Versus Accounting
    The Search for the Business Model
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large
    Company
    Startup Metrics
    • Customer Acquisition Cost
    • Viral coefficient
    • Customer Lifetime Value
    • Average Selling Price/Order Size
    • Monthly burn rate
    • etc.
    Traditional Accounting
    • Balance Sheet
    • Cash Flow Statement
    • Income Statement
  • Customer Validation Versus Sales
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large
    Company
    Sales
    • Sales Organization
    • Scalable
    • Price List/Data Sheets
    • Revenue Plan
  • Customer Validation Versus Sales
    The Search for the Business Model
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large
    Company
    Customer Validation
    • Early Adopters
    • Pricing/Feature unstable
    • Not yet repeatable
    • “One-off’s”
    Sales
    • Sales Organization
    • Scalable
    • Price List/Data Sheets
    • Revenue Plan
  • Customer Development VersusProduct Management
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Product Management
    • Delivers MRD’s
    • Feature Spec’s
    • Competitive Analysis
  • Customer Development Versus Product Management
    The Search for the Business Model
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Product Management
    • Delivers MRD’s
    • Feature Spec’s
    • Competitive Analysis
    Customer Development
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Minimum Feature Set
    • Pivots
  • Engineering Versus Agile Development
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Engineering
    • Requirements Docs.
    • Waterfall Development
    • QA
    • Tech Pubs
  • Engineering Versus Agile Development
    The Search for the Business Model
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Engineering
    • Requirements Docs.
    • Waterfall Development
    • QA
    • Tech Pubs
    Agile Development
    • Continuous Deployment
    • Continuous Learning
    • Self Organizing Teams
    • Minimum Feature Set
    • Pivots
  • Startups Model, Companies Plan
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    • Plan describes “knowns”
    • Known features for line extensions
    • Known customers/markets
    • Known business model
  • Startups Model, Companies Plan
    The Search for the Business Model
    The Execution of the Business Model
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    • Unknown customer needs
    • Unknown feature set
    • Unknown business model
    • Model found by iteration
    • Plan describes “knowns”
    • Known features for line extensions
    • Known customers/markets
    • Known business model
  • Startups Don’t Last Forever
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    - Cash-flow breakeven
    - Profitable
    - Rapid scale
    - New Senior Mgmt
    ~ 150 people
    • Business Model found
    • Product/Market fit
    - Repeatable sales model
    - Managers hired
    You failif you remain a startup!
  • How Do Startups Search For A Business Model?
    • The Search is called Customer Development
    • The Implementation is called Agile Development
  • The Lean Startup
    • The Search is called Customer Development
    • The Implementation is called Agile Development
  • Customer Development
  • Customer Development
    Get the Hell Out of the Building
  • More startups fail from a lack of customers than from a failure of product development
  • Then why do we have:
    process to manage product development?
  • Then why do we have:
    process to manage product development?
    no process to manage customer development?
  • Product Development Model
    Concept/Seed Round
    Product Dev.
    Alpha/Beta Test
    Launch/
    1st Ship
  • Tradition – Hire Marketing
    Concept/Seed Round
    Product Dev.
    Alpha/Beta Test
    Launch/
    1st Ship
    - Create Demand
    - Launch Event
    - “Branding”
    - Hire PR Agency
    - Early Buzz
    • Create Marcom
    Materials
    - Create Positioning
    Marketing
  • Tradition – Hire Sales
    Concept/Seed Round
    Product Dev.
    Alpha/Beta Test
    Launch/
    1st Ship
    - Create Demand
    - Launch Event
    - “Branding”
    - Hire PR Agency
    - Early Buzz
    • Create Marcom
    Materials
    - Create Positioning
    Marketing
    • Build Sales Organization
    • Hire Sales VP
    • Hire 1st Sales Staff
    Sales
  • Tradition – Hire Bus Development
    Concept
    Product Dev.
    Alpha/Beta Test
    Launch/
    1st Ship
    - Create Demand
    - Launch Event
    - “Branding”
    - Hire PR Agency
    - Early Buzz
    • Create Marcom
    Materials
    - Create Positioning
    Marketing
    • Build Sales Channel / Distribution
    • Hire Sales VP
    • Pick distribution Channel
    Sales
    Business
    Development
    • Hire First Bus Dev
    • Do deals for FCS
  • Tradition – Hire Engineering
    Concept
    Product Dev.
    Alpha/Beta Test
    Launch/
    1st Ship
    - Create Demand
    - Launch Event
    - “Branding”
    - Hire PR Agency
    - Early Buzz
    • Create Marcom
    Materials
    - Create Positioning
    Marketing
    • Build Sales Channel / Distribution
    • Hire Sales VP
    • Pick distribution Channel
    Sales
    Business
    Development
    • Hire First Bus Dev
    • Do deals for FCS
    Engineering
    • Write MRD
    • Waterfall
    • Q/A
    • Tech Pubs
  • Product Development
    Concept/Bus. Plan
    Product Dev.
    Alpha/Beta Test
    Launch/1st Ship
    +
    CustomerDevelopment
    Company
    Building
    CustomerDiscovery
    CustomerValidation
    Customer Creation
    Customer Development
  • Customer Discovery
    CustomerDiscovery
    CustomerValidation
    Company
    Building
    CustomerCreation
    Stop selling, start listening
    Test your hypotheses
    Continuous Discovery
  • Customer Validation
    CustomerDiscovery
    CustomerValidation
    Customer Creation
    Company
    Building
    Pivot
    • Repeatable and scalable business model?
    • Passionate earlyvangelists?
    • Pivot back to Discovery if no customers
  • The Pivot
    • The heart of Customer Development
    • Iteration without crisis
    • Fast, agile and opportunistic
  • So What Does Engineering Do?
  • Traditional Product DevelopmentUnit of progress: Advance to Next Stage
    Waterfall
    Requirements
    Design
    Problem: known
    Solution: known
    Implementation
    Verification
    Maintenance
    Source: Eric Rieshttp://startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com
  • When the Customer Problem is Known
    “Product Owner” or
    in-house customer
    Problem: Known
    Solution: Unknown
    Source: Eric Rieshttp://startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com
  • Agile - Customer Problem is KnownUnit of progress: a line of working code
    “Product Owner” or
    in-house customer
    Problem: Known
    Solution: Unknown
    Source: Eric Rieshttp://startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com
  • When the Customer Problem is Unknown
    Problem: Unknown
    Solution: Unknown
    Source: Eric Rieshttp://startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com
  • Lean Startup- Customer Problem is UnknownUnit of progress: learning about customers
    Problem: Unknown
    Solution: Unknown
    Source: Eric Rieshttp://startuplessonslearned.blogspot.com
  • Leadership Versus Management
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Leadership Versus Management
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Leadership Versus Management
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Leadership Versus Management
    Search
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large
    Company
    Leadership Versus Management
    Build
    Search
  • Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large
    Company
    Leadership Versus Management
    Build
    Grow
    Search
  • Why Startups Aren’t Run By Accountants
  • Inventor of the Modern Corporation
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
  • Inventor of the Modern Corporation
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Alfred P. Sloan
  • Alfred P. Sloan
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    General Motors, President/Chairman
    • Cost Accounting
    • MIT Sloan School
    • Sloan Foundation
    • etc.
  • Founder of General Motors
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
  • Founder of General Motors
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    Billy Durant
  • Billy Durant
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
    • Leader in horse-drawn buggy’s
    • Fired by board, starts Chevrolet
    • Regains control of GM
    • Fired by board, GM ~$3.6 billion*
    * GM Net sales in 1921 $304.5M = $3.6 Billion today
  • Durant Versus Sloan
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
  • Durant Versus Sloan
    • Dies, rich, honored and famous
  • Durant Versus Sloan
    • Dies managing a bowling alley
    • Dies, rich, honored and famous
  • Durant Versus Sloan
    Accountant
    • Dies managing a bowling alley
    • Dies, rich, honored and famous
  • You are here
    Scalable
    Startup
    Transition
    Large Company
  • Thanks
    www.steveblank.com