So it has been a rather hectic couple of weeks but I just wanted to give you all a little update on where I am (it is as much for my benefit- to keep me focused and on track).
I need to set aside some time to focus on pulling out all the info from the initial Business Model Generation session and develop a summary of each segment of the Lean Canvas clearly articulating the hypothesises and the experiments to test those assumption.
I have started lining up some formal Customer Discovery interviews for the week beginning 7th May across the three potential customer segments: individuals interested in personal development, coaches and training providers and businesses/organisations.
If you fall into one of these categories and would like to be involved in the process I’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime I have had a number of very interesting informal conversations that have both challenged my assumptions at the same time as validating some of my thinking and introduced a few new issues.
It has amazed me how many potential customers get whole Lean Startup approach to business and are very excited to be part of the whole process. What is interesting is that I have always thought of the process as being of great value to the startup but as we chatted it became increasingly apparent it as a great potential opportunity (if conducted properly) for the customer to help mould a solution to a problem they are having.
The second interesting thing that has happened is that I have met a potential technical co-founder who has been working on a similar idea but in a very narrow niche that has proven to be too narrow to build a business around. It is still in the early stages and while he really gets what it is we are trying to achieve we need to spend some time getting to know each other and make sure that we can work together. To that end I have suggested that we get away for the weekend next week and spend the weekend getting to know each other solidly focusing on the idea and planning how we are likely to proceed.
Now that I am starting to find my feet a little with the blog I am having some thoughts of how I can improve it (other than the design and sorting out the rss feed) that I will share with you tomorrow.
Exciting times ahead…