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How have you validated a startup without building anything?

IBM / ProductHHZ
Nov 28

What’s some tips or tricks when you were building a startup on how you validated it before writing a single line of code?

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  • Amazon / Mgmt
    DEPk35

    AmazonMgmt

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    Capital One
    DEPk35more
    Talk to potential customers.

    The old days you sold the software that wasn’t built yet.

    In either case, you need signal that the market wants what you’re building and that it solves a real problem.
    Nov 280
  • Compass / Eng
    FUPayMe

    CompassEng

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    Google
    FUPayMemore
    This will only work if the core problem your company will face isn’t a technical one.

    For example the company I’m building now the tech for it is fairly straight forward. The major problem was building the right relationships and getting letters of intent from our partners and vendors.
    Nov 296
    • Microsoft estimate
      Tell us more, are you building this MVP yourself?
      Nov 29
    • Compass / Eng
      FUPayMe

      CompassEng

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      Google
      FUPayMemore
      I’m a software engineer but I’m not building this product myself. I have 2 engineers I’ve worked with in the past currently building it for me. My days are spent with the designer and our legal team most days.

      We managed to raise a $10m pre-seed valuation. Thanks to this I was able to hire on the aforementioned engineers and a couple other staffers for almost nothing.

      The engineers get 1-2% each over 4 yrs with a 6 month cliff. And they are currently working 20hr weeks without pay. They will receive pay after our series A which should occur Jan / feb
      Nov 29
    • Microsoft estimate
      Wow, impressive.
      Nov 29
    • Microsoft estimate
      Have you ever contracted work out on upwork/Fiverr etc? I'm trying to get an MVP built. Can I ping you for advice if you don't mind?
      Nov 29
    • Compass / Eng
      FUPayMe

      CompassEng

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      Google
      FUPayMemore
      Feel free to send me a msg. I don’t like the fiver model and I’ve had mixed experiences with upwork. I’m going to assume you’re non technical, and as such you will probably have a hard time evaluating technical talent from freelancers. I typically use people I know. I can probably point you to someone once I have a better idea of what you want to accomplish.
      Nov 29
    • Microsoft estimate
      I'm a back end Dev. I'm trying to get front end done for an MVP, and my attempts at JS turned out really ugly compared to apps I see on the internet. I'll ping you man, thanks much
      Nov 29
  • Oracle 77777
    You smoke some weed and it gets auto validated. Then suddenly you get 10 billion valuation.
    Nov 281
  • Microsoft h.a.l.
    Put up flashy webpage promising a free year of whatever you are building when it is ready in a year.
    Nov 290
  • Amazon mqSV38
    Prototype and then show your customers. You can make a prototype of your app without coding anything. Take their feedback, iterate on the prototype and then build once you have enough of a signal that this is what your customers want.
    Nov 280
  • Zymergen / Engwe hiring!
    A/B test mock ups of the first product and features. Build simple MVPs for testing hypothesis using crude tools. Create animations and videos of what the product would do without actually building it.
    Nov 280
  • New / EngLosYork
    People willing to buy it after watching a demo video, like fund raising
    Nov 280

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