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Net as an awesome startup platform

This is the slide deck from my Denver Tech Trifecta presentation

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Net as an awesome startup platform

  1. 1. .Netas an Awesome Startup Platform<br />Rudy Lacovara<br />
  2. 2. 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 />
  3. 3. 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 />
  4. 4. 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 />
  5. 5. 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 />
  6. 6. 1. Signup for BizSpark<br />Go to 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 /><br />Dave Drach, Managing Director, Microsoft Emerging Business Team<br /><br />
  7. 7. 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 /><br />
  8. 8. 3. Publish a Marketing Site<br />Cheap but good looking website design<br />99 designs ($400 - $1000)<br /><br />Cheap but solid hosting<br />Discount ASP.Net ($20/month for web and DB)<br /><br />
  9. 9. 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 /><br />
  10. 10. 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!<br />TechStars– One of the first Y Combinator style accelerator programs for early stage startups.<br />Open Angel Forum – Angel Investors meet in Boulder about twice a year to hear pitches from early stage startups and possibly fund them.<br />StartupDigest– Weekly email digest by Chris McCann that tracks all of the tech startup related events in the Boulder / Denver area.<br />Lean Startup – Best practices for launching a startup by Eric Reis. Must see video here:<br />Feld Thoughts – Amazing blog by Brad Feld, Boulder resident and vocal venture capitalist.<br />