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Succeeding? Failing? Learning (Hub Camp 15)

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Lessons learned while building products in the past ~20 years

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Succeeding? Failing? Learning (Hub Camp 15)

  1. 1. Succeeding?Failing?Learning!Alan MendelevičAdDuplex
  2. 2. “80 percent of success is showing up”Woody Allen
  3. 3. Story #1Wheel of fortune(late 80s - early 90s)
  4. 4. Sinclair ZX Spectrum+
  5. 5. Lesson #1See an opportunity where othersonly see a problem
  6. 6. Lesson #2Avoid crappy people
  7. 7. Story #2ArticleCentral.com(1999 – sold in 2002)
  8. 8. Lesson #3Failure leads to next opportunity
  9. 9. My first and only exitto date (2002)
  10. 10. 2004
  11. 11. Lesson #4Timing is everything
  12. 12. Story #3SPAW Editor(2003 – 2008)
  13. 13. v.1.0 (2003)
  14. 14. Lesson #5Sustainable business model isimportant(unless you have investor money to burn)
  15. 15. v.1.1 (2006)
  16. 16. Lesson #6Go all-ina.k.a.consulting is your startup’s enemya.k.a.don’t quit your 9-to-5 job to start a startup
  17. 17. v.2 (2007)
  18. 18. Lesson #4Timing is everything(too late this time)
  19. 19. Story #4amCharts for WPF, Silverlightand Windows Phone(2008 - 2012)
  20. 20. Lesson #7Scratch your own itcha.k.a.money can’t be your only motivation
  21. 21. Lesson #8Success is not [necessarily]transferable
  22. 22. Story #5MVPonT & Twuel(2010)
  23. 23. Lesson #9Don’t get too excited with earlysuccess
  24. 24. Lesson #10Do your homework a.k.a. marketresearch
  25. 25. The cross-promotion networkfor Windows Phone andWindows Store appsadvertise before you monetize
  26. 26.  See an opportunity where others only see a problem Avoid crappy people Failure leads to next opportunity Timing is everything Sustainable business model is important Go all-in Scratch your own itch Success is not [necessarily] transferable Don’t get too excited with early success Do your homework a.k.a. market research
  27. 27. ”We have been watching AdDuplex for close to twoyears and were really impressed with the progressthe team made”Practica Capital partner Petras Mičiūnas
  28. 28. Looking for• C# developers• Front-end web developer• Sales leadDetails: http://www.adduplex.com/jobs
  29. 29. “… life is a lesson, you learn itwhen youre through”Limp Bizkit (?)
  30. 30. Alan Mendelevičalan@adduplex.com@ailon.NET web developers,Windows Phone developer,Front-end web developer,Sales lead … join us!http://www.adduplex.com/jobs
  31. 31. Image credits• Sinclair ZX Spectrum+ -http://www.old-computers.com• ZX Spectrum+ Manual – Retronauthttp://www.retronaut.co/2011/08/zx-spectrum-plus-user-guide/• Integral/Acer -http://englishrussia.com/2009/12/24/in-belarus-weve-got-integral/

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