Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Pivots are why startups must be agile and opportunistic and why their cultures are different from large companies. Startups are the search to find order in chaos. Steve Blank. At a board meeting last week I watched as the young startup CEO delivered bad news. Our current plan isn’t working.

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The Product Guy: Astonishin’ in 2010!

The Product Guy

Another year of The Product Guy is now coming to a close… an awesomely astonishin’ 2010! So, here it is, reblogged straight from Australia… #8 Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model.

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Trending Sources

What’s A Startup? First Principles.

Steve Blank

How Does Customer Development, Agile Development and Lean Startups Fit? Agile Development is the way startups quickly iterate their product as they learn. Customer and Agile Development is the way for startups to quickly iterate and test their hypotheses about their business model.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

They know how to estimate work units, how to manage the agile development process and how to get the most out of their teams. As the CEO you can personally help manage deadlines and the Agile process. I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people.

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Job Titles That Can Sink Your Startup

Steve Blank

agile enough to deal with daily change, operating “without a map”. I had coffee with an ex student earlier in the week that reminded me yet again why startups burn through so many early VP’s. And after 30 years of Venture investing we still have a hard time articulating why.

How a startup should leverage a personal assistant

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Agile Development, meet Agile Business. Rob Walling generously allowed me to reprint this excerpt from his new book, "Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup" available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon and in PDF and ePub from StartupBook.net.

Good enough never is (or is it?)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 27, 2010 Good enough never is (or is it?) Lean manufacturing , agile software development , and Theory of Constraints are all examples of this idea in action. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0,

Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank (tags: startup) [.] Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA. Steve Blank, Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA: … entrepreneurs instinctualy realize that the best advocate for their careers is themselves [.] Steve’s post at the end of June, Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA, he shares his early career experiences.

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The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

Both Sides of the Table

In the world of agile development I believe that rapid output of code and the ability to constantly make changes trumps having a few extra bodies at a cheaper rate.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

SoCal CTO

It turns out that I missed October but here are some previous posts in this series: Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010 Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March This month there are some amazing posts. It’s 2010 and that idea has not graduated to mainstream yet.

When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars

Steve Blank

When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson. This Thanksgiving it might seem that there’s a lot less to be thankful for. One out of ten of Americans are out of work.

Four myths about the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 18, 2010 Four myths about the Lean Startup Myth: Lean means cheap. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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What is a startup?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, June 21, 2010 What is a startup? Fundamentally, the lean startup is a methodology for coping with uncertainty and unknowns with agility, poise, and ruthless efficiency. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0,

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Founder DNA – How Investors Evaluate Startup Founders

Instigator Blog

Agility. Somewhere in the middle is the appropriate analogy (I’m too tired to come up with it now) for a founder that tempers the right amount of bullheaded drive with agility. That agility should be based off the constant learning founders are doing. Are entrepreneurs born or taught? I’d say a bit of both. Environmental and genetic influences are so intertwined for most things (diseases, our health, intelligence, etc.) there’s no simple answer.

How to Work With a Contract Web Developer: Agile Scoping

The Ninth Yard

So I've just discussed the importance of engaging a web developer in an Agile process. It's the thing that Agile proponents don't much like to talk about: billing and contract scope. The astute reader will realize that this advice is in direct conflict with my last post on keeping things Agile. In exchange for some tangible benefits (a solid scope and a better alignment of the client and the developer), we generally have to sacrifice some Agility.

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A Startup is Not a Smaller Version of a Large Company

Steve Blank

All the activities of a scalable startup such as Customer Development, Agile Development, Pivots, search for a repeatability, scale, business model, team building etc. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu.

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Learning is better than optimization (the local maximum problem)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Learning is better than optimization (the local maximum problem) Lean startups don’t optimize. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

Startup Founder Agreements

High Contrast

I have been thinking a lot recently about how to apply agile development principles to investing and key aspects of startup development such as team building. Both stem from the agile principle of delaying decisions until the last responsible moment. The first post is about agile startup fundraising. The follow-on post is about agile startup team building. Tags: VC Venture Capital startups agile entrepreneurship founder agreements investing lean startups

How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen

sivers.org

2010 Derek Sivers comments Pam Mark Hall (2010-06-19) # Derek, Yes,Yes,Yes! Derek Sivers about me blog books email list contact How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen 2010-06-19 Do you have an idea for a website, online business, or application, but need a programmer to turn that idea into reality? Many of my friends have been in the same position, so heres my best advice , below.

Netflix's Advice on Moving to Amazon Web Services

www.readwriteweb.com

Cockcroft says business agility and the inability to predict capacity are the main drivers for moving to AWS.

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Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

The Product Guy

Pivots are why startups must be agile and opportunistic and why their cultures are different from large companies. Guest post by Steve Blank, of Steve Blank dot com. Startups are the search to find order in chaos. Steve Blank.

Creating Startup Success – Customer Development + Business Model Design

Steve Blank

In previous posts I’ve talked about what the combination of Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Methodologies mean to startups and intrapreneurs in large companies; it’s the beginning of entrepreneurship as a science with its own rules and methodologies.

Customer Development for Web Startups

Steve Blank

Agile Development is the way startups quickly iterate their product as they learn. A Lean Startup is Eric Ries’s description of the intersection of Customer Development, Agile Development and if available, open platforms and open source.

The Art of the Customer Development Conversation

Market by Numbers

Reply Tweets that mention The Art of the Customer Development Conversation | Market By Numbers | Marketing Help -- Topsy.com says: September 2, 2010 at 11:54 am [.] Reply Edwin Oh says: September 3, 2010 at 11:24 am Brant, Great PRACTICAL post (just like your book)!

Why Do Market Segments Matter?

Market by Numbers

By brantcooper , July 19, 2010 1:23 pm What are Market Segments Really? Tweets that mention Why Do Market Segments Matter? -- Topsy.com says: July 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm [.] Reply Michael Scepaniak says: August 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm Great write-up Brant.

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development

Startup Lessons Learned

blog comments powered by Disqus Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe via email Blog Archive ▼ 2010 (48) ► October (3) Case Study: Rapid iteration with hardware The Lean Startup Bundle Stop lying on stage ► September (4) Good enough never is (or is it?)

No Business Plan Survives First Contact With A Customer – The 5.2 billion dollar mistake.

Steve Blank

Customer Development, Business Model Design and Agile Development could have changed the outcome. At $5.2-billion Iridium was one of the largest, boldest and audacious startup bets ever made.

Stop lying on stage

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, October 4, 2010 Stop lying on stage Entrepreneurs crave information about successful startups, and they should. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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Cognitive Biases, Positive Black Swan Events and Startups

Market by Numbers

Services Marketing Help Downloads Contact Log In Cognitive Biases, Positive Black Swan Events and Startups By Patrick Vlaskovits , January 3, 2010 9:12 am Success and Cognitive Bias One thing that often strikes me about conversations regarding start-up success is the pervasiveness of the narrative fallacy and hindsight bias. In the meantime, I hope you have prosperous 2010 and hope you are exposed to a positive Black Swan Event sometime soon!

Some IPO speculation

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Thursday, July 15, 2010 Some IPO speculation Inspired by Steve Blank’s post today about the “lost decade&# of IPO’s , I’d like to make some predictions. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0,

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Make No Little Plans – Defining the Scalable Startup

Steve Blank

They used Customer and Agile development to search for a scalable and repeatable business model to become a large company. Customer and Agile development to find the business model. Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood …. Daniel Burnham. A lot of entrepreneurs think that their startup is the next big thing when in reality they’re just building a small business. How can you tell if your startup has the potential to be the next Google, Intel or Facebook?

The Awesomeness of a Hackathon

Feld Thoughts

I’ve become a big advocate of true Agile development (partly because of my experience with Rally Software – the leader in Agile software development environments) and – more recently – the notion of trying to get to continuous deployment which has been popularized by Eric Ries. Over the years, a number of companies I’ve been an investor in have had hackathons. These are typically day long events where everyone in the company works on whatever cool new ideas they have.

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Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases non-events

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, January 18, 2010 Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases non-events The following is a case study of one entrepreneurs transition from a traditional development cycle to continuous deployment. April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, August 16, 2010 Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium (Normally, I do not write about companies that are doing a marketing launch. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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Getting to Product-Market Fit

Startup Marketing Blog

Agile) with Customer Development concepts. 9 Responses to “Getting to Product-Market Fit&# Giff Jul 13, 2010 5:45 pm Nice to see you posting here Patrick. Sean Murphy Jul 13, 2010 11:23 pm One of the most significant discoveries in medicine in the last decade has been that X-Rays are not a harmless diagnostic, and in fact incur a small increase in the risk of cancer. Lisa Thorell Jul 14, 2010 12:50 pm Very thought-provoking read.

Why diversity matters (the meritocracy business)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, February 22, 2010 Why diversity matters (the meritocracy business) Diversity is the canary in the coal mine for meritocracy. blog comments powered by Disqus Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe via email Blog Archive ▼ 2010 (48) ► October (3) Case Study: Rapid iteration with hardware The Lean Startup Bundle Stop lying on stage ► September (4) Good enough never is (or is it?) April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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The Agile Board

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mark Suster wrote a post about boards of directors last week in which he coined the phrase "the agile board." They are agile boards who add significant value. Like Mark, I prefer the agile board and I think an active and engaged board ultimately works out much better for the entrepreneur and the company he or she is building. So go read Mark's post and learn about how to create an agile board.

@altgate » Blog Archive » Outsourcing For Startups

Altgate

The key is to get the outsourced team locked in for the long term and to build your own lean/agile culture.

Business Agility will Prosper on the Rebound

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. But volatile markets do create unexpected opportunities – if you are alert and agile enough to spot them and adapt quickly.

Solving the Innovator’s Dilemma – Customer Development in a Big Company

Steve Blank

Customer Development Without Agile Engineering Is A Plan For Failure. One of the ways I learn is to teach. My students ask questions I can’t answer and challenge me to solve problems I never considered. At times I’ll do what I consider an extension of teaching; a two-day Customer Discovery/Validation intensive session with a large corporation serious about Customer Development at my ranch on the California Coast.