The Lean LaunchPadLecture 7: Partners         Steve Blank         Jon Feiber         John Burke        Ann Miura-Ko       ...
key activities   value             customer                         proposition       relationships     key               ...
KEY PARTNERSwhich partners and suppliers leverage your model?           who do you need to rely on?
Test Hypotheses: Key Partners                                3
What defines a “Partner?”• Shared economics• Mutual success / failure• Co-development/invention• Common customerBut rememb...
Why have partners?●   Faster time to market●   Broader product offering●   More efficient use of capital●   Unique custome...
Partners – Physical Channels• Strategic alliances• Joint new business development efforts• “Coopetition,” (cooperation bet...
Partners – Strategic Alliances• Reduce the list of things your startup needs to build or  provide to offer a complete prod...
Partners – Joint Business Development  • Joint promotion of complementary products     • Share advertising, marketing, and...
Partners – Coopetition• Joint promotion of competitive products• Competitors might join together in programs to grow  awar...
Partners – Key Suppliers• Outsource suppliers   • Backoffice, supply chain, manufacturing• Direct suppliers   • Components...
Startup mistakeStrategic alliances and joint partnerships    Not needed for Earlyvangelists Are needed for Mainstream cust...
Traffic Partners – Virtual Channels• Long-term agreements with other companies   • deliver long-term, predictable levels o...
Partnership Disaster: Boeing                          Collaborative                          Looked great                 ...
Mobile Location Based Applications         Collaborative Partner                                     14
Managing partners - risks•   Impendence mismatch•   Longest of partners schedule becomes your longest item•   No clear own...
Why Will a Large Company Partner? • You give them a competitive “leg-up”    •In sales    • Or “halo-effect” • You are on t...
Should I take an investment from a         Large Company?• They are interested in their bottom line, not yours• Their obje...
Startup Partner Strategies• Don’t confuse partners for Earlyvangelists vs. mainstream• Don’t confuse big company partnerin...
Team Deliverable for Next Week•   What partners will you need?•   Why do you need them•   Why will they partner with you?•...
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    1. 1. The Lean LaunchPadLecture 7: Partners Steve Blank Jon Feiber John Burke Ann Miura-Ko Jerry Engel Jim Hornthal Owen Jacob
    2. 2. key activities value customer proposition relationships key customerpartners segments cost revenuestructure key streams resources channels 1 images by JAM
    3. 3. KEY PARTNERSwhich partners and suppliers leverage your model? who do you need to rely on?
    4. 4. Test Hypotheses: Key Partners 3
    5. 5. What defines a “Partner?”• Shared economics• Mutual success / failure• Co-development/invention• Common customerBut remember - you’re a startup 4
    6. 6. Why have partners?● Faster time to market● Broader product offering● More efficient use of capital● Unique customer knowledge or expertise● Access to new markets 5
    7. 7. Partners – Physical Channels• Strategic alliances• Joint new business development efforts• “Coopetition,” (cooperation between competitors)• Key supplier relationships 6
    8. 8. Partners – Strategic Alliances• Reduce the list of things your startup needs to build or provide to offer a complete product or service.• Use partners to build the “whole product” • using 3rd parties to provide a customer with a complete solution • complement your core product with other products or services • Training, installation, service, etc 7
    9. 9. Partners – Joint Business Development • Joint promotion of complementary products • Share advertising, marketing, and sales programs • One may be the dominant player • Intel offered advertising fees to PC Vendors 8
    10. 10. Partners – Coopetition• Joint promotion of competitive products• Competitors might join together in programs to grow awareness of their industry • Tradeshows • Industry Associations 9
    11. 11. Partners – Key Suppliers• Outsource suppliers • Backoffice, supply chain, manufacturing• Direct suppliers • Components, raw materials, etc. 10
    12. 12. Startup mistakeStrategic alliances and joint partnerships Not needed for Earlyvangelists Are needed for Mainstream customers Usually fail 11
    13. 13. Traffic Partners – Virtual Channels• Long-term agreements with other companies • deliver long-term, predictable levels of customers • “Cross referral” or swapping basis • Paid on a per-referral basis • Partners drive traffic using text-links, with onsite promotions, and with ads on the referring site • Partners sometimes exchange email lists 12
    14. 14. Partnership Disaster: Boeing Collaborative Looked great on paper. Worst business decision of the 21st century 13
    15. 15. Mobile Location Based Applications Collaborative Partner 14
    16. 16. Managing partners - risks• Impendence mismatch• Longest of partners schedule becomes your longest item• No clear ownership of customer• Products lack vision – shared product design• Different underlying objectives in relationship• Churn in partners strategy or personnel• IP issues• Difficult to unwind or end
    17. 17. Why Will a Large Company Partner? • You give them a competitive “leg-up” •In sales • Or “halo-effect” • You are on their technology road-map • You’re an economic opportunity for them •potential customer of large company • can leverage their existing products and sales • Change agent for the large company You need to understand their motivation
    18. 18. Should I take an investment from a Large Company?• They are interested in their bottom line, not yours• Their objectives are not to make you a large company• Who’s the sponsor? What’s the motivation? • Needs to come from the business side • Not the venture side•Try to get sales deals not investment• Or try to offer warrants based on sales success
    19. 19. Startup Partner Strategies• Don’t confuse partners for Earlyvangelists vs. mainstream• Don’t confuse big company partnering with startup strategy• Find the one that gives you an unfair advantage – Air Supply strategy• Recognize you don’t matter to a large partner 18
    20. 20. Team Deliverable for Next Week• What partners will you need?• Why do you need them• Why will they partner with you?• What’s the cost of the partnership?• Talk to actual partners• Summarized in a 5 Minute PowerPoint Presentation
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