I've been on quite a journey in the product world, starting in big companies with 200+ employees and recently diving into the startup scene with the awesome folks at Icanpreneur. This switch got me thinking – are startups and corporate gigs really that different, especially in product management?
Have you ever had this great startup idea and you never did anything about it? Do you feel like you get work done only when the deadline is approaching at you with supersonic speed? It sounds like you are a procrastinator! And so is the majority of humankind in some shape and form.
Principles are a very powerful tool for reasoning and decision making and are especially important when it comes to complex areas like entrepreneurship. However, to successfully apply principles it is important to make sure that we interpret them correctly and understand their true meaning.
How should I think about what I’m solving for my customers? Should I focus on customer needs, customer problems or desired outcomes? The goal of this article is to provide a conceptual model that clarifies the differences between each of these concepts and how they are connected.
Most of the founders talk to customers in an effort to validate their ideas. In the majority of cases startups still end up building stuff nobody needs or wants. In this article we will share some of the typical mistakes that we see founders making when talking to customers in order to validate their startup ideas.
Being an early stage tech startup focused on improving the odds of success of other early stage tech startups puts us at Icanpreneur in a really unique position. In a typical week we get to talk with a lot of aspiring and early tech entrepreneurs. In this article we will focus on one of the most typical early-stage mistakes that we see - answering the question of who your true competitors are.
Fundraising has a lot of underlying factors that need to be considered and it is dependent on both availability of options and personal preference. The whole topic requires a book on its own and while in this article we are not going to aim for completeness, I believe that you will get enough information to start shaping your own thinking about funding.