Technical Cofounding 101

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April 02, 2012
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Technical Cofounding 101

A talk given in Sydney to a group of eager non-technical entrepreneurs looking to find a technical cofounder for their businesses.

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Steven Ringo

April 02, 2012
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Transcript

  1. Technical cofounding 101 Finding and working with a technical cofounder.

  2. Hi, I am Steve Ringo steven@dynamicclarity.com @stevenringo

  3. What is a technical cofounder?

  4. None
  5. I’ll let you in on a secret

  6. You don’t need a technical cofounder

  7. You don’t need a technical cofounder*

  8. If not having a technical cofounder is preventing you from

    progressing, you’re doing it wrong.
  9. What stage? Idea Launch OMG!

  10. Minimum Viable Product

  11. None
  12. Idea Launch OMG! Technical skill/capacity required

  13. Technical Business • Business Model • Marketing • Sales •

    Acquisition • Customer development etc. • Feasibility • Basics
  14. You are gambling

  15. The dating game

  16. Start manually

  17. ‣ Wireframes ‣ Surveys ‣ Interviews ‣ Mockups ‣ Simulations

    ‣ etc.
  18. ‣ SaaS ‣ Tumblr ‣ Wordpress ‣ Dropbox ‣ Surveymonkey

    ‣ Mailchimp ‣ Analytics ‣ Mechanical Turk
  19. Learn some of the technical ropes

  20. Understand the technical challenges a cofounder might face

  21. You don’t need a technical cofounder necessarily ^

  22. Outsource to get a head start

  23. Don’t outsource your core competency

  24. Do outsource before you’re competent

  25. Don’t be ready to part with your equity too early

  26. You can buy a solution

  27. *not a real one, anyway :-) You can’t buy a

    cofounder*
  28. Hangouts

  29. Technical events

  30. User groups

  31. Speed dating events

  32. Managing Software Projects

  33. Thin slices

  34. None
  35. Complete & deploy each one first before starting the next

  36. Drawing interface Complete & deploy each one first before starting

    the next
  37. Drawing interface Sharing & Inviting Complete & deploy each one

    first before starting the next
  38. Drawing interface Sharing & Inviting Enhancements. Colours and undo Complete

    & deploy each one first before starting the next
  39. Drawing interface Sharing & Inviting Enhancements. Colours and undo Publishing

    and replay Complete & deploy each one first before starting the next
  40. Issue tracking system

  41. Asset & source control

  42. Finding Waldo

  43. “clicking”

  44. nous & passion

  45. Good understanding of how technology impacts the business and vice

    versa
  46. Broad understanding of all issues of software development, deployment and

    management
  47. Expertise in your domain

  48. Track record

  49. Organised

  50. Idea Launch OMG! Technology emphasis

  51. Thank you