Climbing the Getting Started Wall

by KraevinMB. Posted on Sep 16, 2020    2    9

I have an idea for a product. I feel like this product would be a great starting point to building a company that is a positive to society.

My problem is I am definately more engineer, less business person, organizer, team builder.

This has resulted in me having difficulty finding a path to success.

Can you guys suggest how I can best move my product forward?


Timoat 1

Im the same, but on the other side, no engineering or programming background. Id read read read business books. and eventually partner with someone. find the ying to your yang, and focus on what you're good at!

  KraevinMB 1

I sent you a DM if you are interest in at least exploring if we might be good fit for each other.

Timoat 1

Thank you, unfortunately Im in sweden and have my plate full with other projects, but I really appreciate the potential offer! Good luck!

mickaelriga 1

I suppose my answer will be the same as many others: associate with a business guy.

It doesn't always go well but it makes a lot of sense to find a business guy who is passionate but is lacking technical skills. I am sure you can find one on this Reddit or somewhere else appropriate. Nobody dares to ask, but if you think about it you're in a good position. A business guy looking for a technical guy will very often sound like somebody who knows nothing and will take advantage of somebody's knowledge.

But it is far from the truth, business side of things is a real talent that you wish to cultivate or not. Don't go without it if you are not interested in the subject. Find a good partner and share the burden.

JadeGrapes 3

Engineers can be good business founders, but you have to be ruthless to only build things that solve a problem for a specific paying customer.

In my experience, the mistake engineers make is they often start with what they can build... then fall in love with a neat part of it, for it's own sake.

Then they spend too much time imagining that because it's neat, that customers would pay for it. Or that because it's good for society, or the planet, etc that somehow that goodness will manifest self assembling support and money.

Start with a customer user story: "As a , I want to , so I can ____"

This needs to be strong enough it's obvious that someone would pay money for that solution.

Startups are like a race car, yes you need a good engine (technology), but you also need a driver (CEO), wheels... where the rubber meets the road (sales), gas in the tank (money), and hopefully some safe structure holding it all together (operations).

Once you know what problem you want to solve, have some conversations with potential customers. ASK them what they do right now to solve the problem. Find out if price is the biggest concern, or quality (fewer hassles) etc.

If you haven't read lean startup, I recommend that you do... it will save you from overbuilding. To get a rough idea of your business plan you can try making a lean canvas.

Make a mock up/wire frame of the pages you need to solve the customer problem. Then make a system diagram of the types of tools you will need. Hobble together as much as possible from pre-existing or open source tools. Don't get hung up on making code just because you like coding, your time is precious. Be lazy where you can.

At this point, you should have a User Story, Lean Canvas, System Diagram, and Customer surveys... from that point you should have an idea of how much coding, and infrastructure is needed.

Put together a budget for the development, and use s template to put together a business plan. There are rules of thumb you can use for marketing expenses etc.

At that point you should have plenty to recruit additional team members, and think about compensation, fundraising, pricing, & sales strategy.

calemedia 3

Find a partner who has the skills you lack?