Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

In February 2010 Derek Sivers gave a great talk on “How to Start a Movement” that offered some important tips for leaders and but offered the surprising conclusion that concluded that the most important and underappreciated key to a successful movement was the follower’s courage to follow and ability to [...]

Q: How to Explore an MVP For Knowledge Worker Productivity

Applications that improve knowledge worker productivity have to satisfy “prepared users” not “casual users” and are especially challenge to do customer discovery and development for. With his permission, I have included William Pietri (LinkedIn williampietri) answer to a real question from an early stage entrepreneur because I found it incredibly [...]

By | 2018-07-06T19:37:10+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|1 Idea Stage, 2 Open for Business Stage, MVP|0 Comments

Something Ventured: Make Money and Change the World for the Better

One documentary worth watching to get some context on the history of entrepreneurship and venture capital is “Something Ventured.” It’s a series of interviews with venture capitalists talking about their investments and their risk mitigation strategies in the 1950’s through 1970’s. It’s clear that they paid a lot of attention [...]

By | 2017-11-07T20:40:25+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Design of Experiments, Founder Story, MVP, skmurphy|0 Comments

An MVP is Finished Only After You Have Early Adopters

Javid Jamae (@JavidJamae) is a Principal Engineer at Tout, where he heads up the experimentation and growth efforts; he leads a team focused on growing the viewership for both local and nationally syndicated content. Javid authored this great guest post on finding early adopters through customer interviews before building a minimum viable [...]

By | 2014-09-30T23:15:18+00:00 September 22nd, 2014|MVP, skmurphy|1 Comment

Minimum Viable Product: Enthusiastically Proceed Skeptically

In a candid discussion about the challenges of managing your own expectations for a minimum viable product (MVP), Tristan Kromer observed, "It's psychologically hard to enthusiastically proceed with skepticism." And that is the challenge, we have to be enthusiastic about our product ideas to persevere to complete them and tell others about [...]