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A Year of TailorDev (Freiburg)

A Year of TailorDev (Freiburg)

TailorDev was initially founded to propel artich.io, a collaborative platform for researchers. Never heard of it? That is ok, the perfect plan did not come together, and we had to come up with a Plan B. In this talk, I'll start by reviewing the first few months of TailorDev and why we had to adapt. Then, I'll explain our Plan B. Finally, I'll give advices that I would consider if I had to start a new company.

Thanks to Samuel, Daniel, J-D, Philippe, Nicolas, Manuel, Jason, Pierre and Julien.

William Durand

April 27, 2017

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    to build a collaborative platform to ease scientific data sharing and improve openness in Science at large. 3 / 23
  2. Get out of the building Tip #1: talk to people,

    especially to your (potential) customers. 6 / 23
  3. Finding the right partners is difficult Tip #2: if you

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  4. Creating a company costs money Tip #3: create the company

    once you have your first customer (i.e. do not start with a dream). 10 / 23
  5. December 2015 Our problem was not to find users but

    to have customers. 2 options: pivoting or giving up. 11 / 23
  6. The Lean Startup Tip #4: solve problems, avoid building a

    product nobody wants, always validate and learn. 12 / 23
  7. Q1 2016 The situation was pretty bad but we knew

    it, and that was key to avoid jumping into self-delusion. 14 / 23
  8. It is not a sprint, it is a fast marathon

    Tip #5: running a business is exhausting, be prepared and stay motivated. 15 / 23
  9. A clear vision is important Tip #6: define the company's

    values and its mission, then stick to them. (i.e. be focused). 17 / 23
  10. TailorDev • Open Science pillars are TailorDev's culture • Users'

    privacy is of utmost importance • Openness & privacy must coexist • Transparency & ethics first • Investors must embrace this Manifesto Our mission is to develop modern tools to ease scientific work and promote Open Data, Open Science and Open Source in research entities. “ 19 / 23
  11. It is OK to create a company that actually makes

    money Tip #7: avoid investors as long as you can. 20 / 23
  12. Communication is key Tip #8: talk about what your company

    does, but stay humble and honest. 21 / 23
  13. Running a company is awesome! I never lose. I either

    win or learn. Nelson Mandela “ 22 / 23