Nivi · October 27th, 2009
“Entrepreneurship in a lean startup is really a series of MVP’s”
“We kept to minimum feature spec. I think that is always very important. It is hard to determine what to do until you launch.”
- “If Apple can launch a smartphone without Find or Cut-and-Paste, what can you cut out of your product requirements?” – Sramana Mitra
- USV-backed foursquare uses Google Docs to collect customer feedback. No code, no maintenance.
- Fliggo sells it before they build it.
- Grockit puts up a notify-me-when-you-release form on steroids.
- Auto e-commerce site uses manualation and flintstoning for their backend.
- Semiconductor company uses 5 people and FPGAs to build a $100M semiconductor product line.
- Consumer company uses fake screenshots to sell their product.
- Allicator uses Facebook ads: “Ditch Digger? Feeling spread thin? Click here to complete a survey and tell us about it.”
- ManyWheels uses Microsoft Visio to build clickable web demos for prospective customers.
- Cloudfire uses a classic customer development problem presentation.
Work in small batches. A minimum viable product is simply the smallest batch that will teach you something. What can you release in one day?
“The first version of Gmail was literally written in a day.”
Please add your favorite MVPs in the comments. Don’t be lazy.
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