November 18, 2013

Many startups take months or even years to launch! Can it really be done in 54 hours?

Over the November 1-3 weekend, more than a hundred people gathered at Startup Weekend Milwaukee to give it shot!

Waiting until the product is "ready" is frequently a fatal mistake. You need to get in front of customers and start testing your assumptions as soon as possible! Otherwise you may never learn if anyone even wants your product until it's too late.

Being forced to work with such a tight deadline can help you evaluate what is truly necessary in your Minimal Viable Product (MVP) to test your idea.

I gathered a small group of Drupal users from Drupal414 to see if we could prove my assertion that Drupal is the ideal platform to build an MVP (Watch Drupal + Startups = AWESOME!, my full presentation about this).

How did it go? Did we succeed?

Read the rest of the article to find out!

September 23, 2013

I honestly believe that Drupal is the IDEAL platform to build a web startup.

People who know me have heard me talk about this many times. Building your startup on Drupal allows you to:

  • ... go from initial concept to a product you can show to investors or test with early adaptors sooner (on the order of 1-2 months!)
  • ... invest time and money ONLY on the parts of your application that provide its Unique Value Proposition (UVP) - NOT the little things every web app needs.
  • ... change faster (and without necessarily writing code!)

I've been working for several months on a presentation that not only argues these points in detail, but explains why those are critical factors in the success of any startup.

Last week Thursday (2013-09-19), I finally gave this presentation for the first time to Drupal414 (the local Drupal Users Group in Milwaukee, WI)!