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How to build great products - TechSaturdays

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Presentation I gave April 11th during TechSaturdays meetup in Wroclaw.

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How to build great products - TechSaturdays

  1. 1. How to build great products? Sebastian Kwiecień Epic Ventures sp. z o.o. Wrocław, April 11th 2015
  2. 2. About Epic Ventures •  Helping tech entrepreneurs with funding and operations •  A broker, a consultant •  Helping with business plans, business models, sales and fundrising •  A few success stories –  Rised funds for Finpack.pl –  Rised funds for Hatak.pl –  Sold Biblionetka to PWN –  Sold Dziennik Internautów to Infor Biznes •  Lots of consultations on the way
  3. 3. How to build great products?
  4. 4. The answer seems to be quite simple…
  5. 5. But the execution is far from being simple…
  6. 6. Why do startups fail? •  9 of 10 startups live no longer than 2 years •  Of those who survive 9 of 10 will not last longer than another 3 years •  Why is it so?
  7. 7. Psychological bias •  When we make something up, we usually think we are right
  8. 8. Is there remedy for that?
  9. 9. Is there some structured way as to how to succeed?
  10. 10. Let’s see how we build products first…
  11. 11. Product Development Model
  12. 12. Product Development Model •  Every company launching new products uses some version of product development model •  This product-centric model was developed in the 20s of last century, in the middle of century it was adapted by FMCG companies, and by the end of century also by tech companies •  Unfortunatelly it works only when the market is very well defined, stable, and the customer is well known •  …which doesn’t fit innovative tech products
  13. 13. Why do startups need to take some other way? •  Startups very often build something nobody needs, so they really don’t care if its on time or on budget •  So the real purpose of a startup should be to understand what really should be built – what does customer really need
  14. 14. Complimentary approach - Customer Development
  15. 15. Customer Development
  16. 16. How is it different from Product Development Model? •  Failures (iterations?) are OK if you plan to learn from them •  You will fail (iterate?) a few times before you can confirm you know your customer, market and product hypotheses •  Iterative model
  17. 17. Customer Development summary •  One main purpose: to confirm that there is profitable, scalable business model for a company/ product •  That was actually lacking in pure Product Development Model
  18. 18. Customer Development obstacle •  Do geeks love to sell? •  Meh! •  Talking to people? •  Let’s build a product right now… •  •  Actually you need sales+marketing skills since the very beginning
  19. 19. Wrap-up
  20. 20. Lean Startup •  Introduced by Eric Ries •  Based on Steve Blank’s Customer Development •  Main theses –  Lean approach = reduce waste –  Iterative development = Build – Measure – Learn –  Early feedback from real customers –  End-user early feedback = Customer Development
  21. 21. How can a startup build great products? •  Lean approach – reduce waste whenever possible •  Question all assumptions •  Iterative approach •  Measure everything •  Interdisciplinary problem solving (hipster, hacker, hustler) •  Making mistakes is OK if you plan to learn from them •  •  Or simply BUILD IT THE LEAN STARTUP WAY – it’s all there!
  22. 22. Bibliography •  Steve Blank “Four Steps To Epiphany” •  Eric Ries “Lean Startup” •  Ash Maurya “Running Lean” •  Alexander Ostervalder “Business Model Generation” •  Alexander Ostervalder “Value Proposition Design” •  Images from appropriate books
  23. 23. Questions? Sebastian Kwiecień Epic Ventures sp. z o.o. Phone. 604 102 100 Email. skwiecien@epicventures.pl Blog. www.SKWIECIEN.PL

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