Validating your tech product without building tech – Startup Basics Podcast

Innovators are visionaries, but that can sometimes lead them to jump in head first into building or designing a product that isn’t quite right and wasting precious time and resources going down the wrong path. The good news is that there is almost always a way to validate your vision and even solution design without writing a single line of code or soldering a wire. 

In this episode of Startup Basics, Sergio and Kimmy discuss the importance of validating without tech and some ways to carry it out successfully. 

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3 features that will help your startup succeed – Startup Basics Podcast

What do Gmail and Slack have in common beyond being among the most loved and used apps in the world? Both were created with a focus on just three key features, which the companies sought to perfect beyond all.

Rather than checking off boxes and cramming in features, innovators would be well served to carefully consider what are the one to three key things that would make your product clearly superior to other options.

In this episode of Startup Basics, Sergio and Kimmy explain why focusing on just two or three key features is vital to building a meaningfully differentiated and valuable product.

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3 key features that will help your startup succeed

What do Gmail and Slack have in common beyond being among the most loved and used apps in the world? Both were created with a focus on just three key features, which the companies sought to perfect beyond all. Paul Buchheit, who led the development of Gmail, famously wrote about his team focusing on just the ability to search, threaded conversations, and large storage. Similarly, Stewart Butterfield recounts how Slack’s big three features were the ability to search conversations, seamless synchronization, and simple file sharing. In this article, I’ll explain why focusing on just two or three key features is vital to building a meaningfully differentiated and valuable product.

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How to find an idea for your next startup

People say that ideas are a dime a dozen in startup land, but many aspiring tech entrepreneurs struggle with finding a worthy one to pursue. What makes things even more difficult is that it’s often difficult to tell a good idea apart from a bad one. Even the world’s best investors who see thousands of products per year pass on startups that end up being category defining tech companies and invest in others that have little merit. Fortunately, there are a few places from whence one can draw inspiration.

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