Slow-cooked Startup

Slow-cooked Startup

A lightning talk with tips on turning your side project idea into a business - if it ever makes it there. The point being, you should be having fun, and you should always have a life.

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Andrew Hao

July 13, 2016
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  1. Slow Cooked Startup Turn your hobby project into a smashing

    success*
  2. * success The joy of creating something valuable The satisfaction

    of learning
  3. Build to learn Knowledge is your guaranteed reward Pick unstable,

    impractical technologies (if you want)
  4. Solve your own problems. No toy apps.

  5. Guard your time (& your life) Rule of thumb: No

    more than 4 hours a week.
  6. Find a partner Misery loves company Align your values

  7. Keep your job Startups fail. You need your Real Job.

  8. Keep expectations low Avoid choices that lead to more stress.

    = stress
  9. Find your users Reddit. Hacker News. Craigslist. The local coffee

    shop.
  10. What do the users think? Software analytics, customer interviews. Are

    you solving their problems?
  11. Do one thing, excellently Keep a laser focus on your

    little product.
  12. Do It All Yourself You'll be surprised at what you

    can learn.
  13. Be cheap Stay on the "free" side of freemium

  14. Dream small Tiny growth is great.

  15. Guiding principles Are we having fun? Do we still have

    a life? Are we proud of the work we've done? Do we have at least one passionate user?
  16. If you're not doing well... Kill your darlings You had

    a good run. Put the product to rest.
  17. If you're doing well.. Ads Easy to implement. Bad user

    & brand experience.
  18. If you're doing well.. Premium features Do lightweight experiments, a

    la Lean Startup. Feature flags, A/B testing. Don't charge too much
  19. The more altruistic way Donations Rely on the goodwill of

    your community. Patreon, Gittip
  20. Thanks With inspiration from: Re:work: Jason Fried and DHH The

    Lean Startup: Eric Ries