The number of ideas that have been pitched to me over the years is staggering. I have been asked to do:
It’s not just family, friends and colleagues but I am guilty of it myself. I’ve started many side projects with the approach of
I’ll build it and they will come.
I’ve been coding many weekends while I could have (and should have) spent time with my family.
Last March I turned 40 and if that number does nothing else, it drives the point home that our time on this planet is limited and it should not be wasted. Maybe turning forty also makes you write cheesy stuff.
Some years ago, Eric Reis wrote what some refer to as “The Bible for budding entrepreneurs”, The Lean Startup. It is a great book describing strategies and tactics on how to rigorously test business ideas while wasting the minimum amount of effort coding. Bascially if you write a software for two years without talking to anyone, you’re doing it wrong.
In the beginning, the book talks about what you can do to validate your business idea. I now deeply believe, not only because of the book but also from personal experience, that you should only start writing code after you’ve exhausted all other options.
It seems counter intuitive for a coder to say this but you should do what you can to find out if people will buy your thing before writing any code. This includes:
So for myself, I don’t intend to do another side project without validation.
If you are a funded entrepreneur and need help to build your Minimum Viable Product, get in touch. However, I may ask you about validation.
Web & Mobile Engineer, Founder, Lean Startup Enthusiast.