An aspiring entrepreneur I’ve recently consulted told me that she’s done coding. As she’s a great programmer, I asked her what’s wrong. She was a capable ..
An aspiring entrepreneur I’ve recently consulted told me that she’s done coding. As she’s a great programmer, I asked her what’s wrong. She was a capable technical co-founder, but, as it often turned out, she was too quick to assume that her ideas would sell.
She was looking for a way to go against her instincts and validate the market without wasting time and effort on code. “I won’t code on my own again,” she exclaimed angrily. “No more rushed product ideas.”
Another entrepreneur I’ve spoken with complained that he can’t code—but he knows that he could sell. I didn’t disagree. He was an accomplished lawyer. He knew the industry inside-out. But for whatever reason, he couldn’t find a technical co-founder he would feel comfortable with.
“If only I could build an MVP on my own…” he sighed.
Seemingly, these two stories are strikingly different. But they are really the same at their core. The problem was that both entrepreneurs, as many others do, misunderstood the concept of MVPs.
MVP—a popular concept in the startup community—stands for Minimum Viable Product. It’s a product with just enough features to gather validated learning about the market and your potential customers. Clearly, the entrepreneurs from my story thought they can’t validate their ideas without investing in development. But I’m going to show you that building MVPs without coding is possible and that such MVPs can be sold in an attempt to validate almost any market need. No up-front investment required.
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