We’ve Gone Too Far – The Misuse of the MVP Concept

Republished from TechCrunch


Yesterday, I was presenting at the MIT IMPACT conference in San Francisco about Disciplined Entrepreneurship, and after I gave an overview presentation, the questions started to flow.  One thoughtful attendee who had not only listened carefully to the presentation but quickly scanned the poster and book jumped in with a great question.  “I have looked at your material and while it seems useful, you don’t get to the MVP until Step 22 which is too late in my opinion.  Don’t we need to build stuff and iterate quickly?”

'The Ways We Work': Disciplined Entrepreneurship

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In this posting we are going to mix it up a bit: by that we mean the formula. In the past our The Ways We Work postings have featured persons talking about their day jobs. In our latest edition, we take a close look at a seminal strategy for building a successful startup - namely, Bill Aulet's latest book, "Disciplined Entrepreneurship."

"Ask me anything about entrepreneurship and starting a company!”


You asked, Bill answered! Check out Bill's responses to your six burning questions on Six Questions.

  • In what scenario would you recommend an entrepreneur to drop out of college?  -Jeremy C.
  • Some businesses, like Twitter, depend on lots of users to work. How do you tell at the start if they're good business?  -Frances Y.
  • What's your advice for founders and their families, to navigate the emotional roller-coaster of entrepreneurship's risks?  -Lian C.
  • What are the common mistakes entrepreneurs make when pitching their ideas to investors?  -Eric C.
  • Entrepreneurs are always working. What are your weekend habits and why do you suggest we step away from work to relax?  -Theodora K.
  • Developers start with a 'Hello world!' program when they want to learn a language. What would a 'Hello world!' startup look like?  -Sujoy C.

What Entrepreneurs Should Learn from John Lackey

John Lackey

(Red Sox pitcher John Lackey tips his hat to fans after pitching a brilliant game that ultimately won the World Series for the Boston team this year. His relationship with the fans underwent a complete reversal in a period of 12 months. Photo courtesy of Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.)

Republished from Xconomy


Success in business is out of reach to those who aren’t already blessed with plentiful advantage, so goes the conventional wisdom. A similar stereotype in sports is that you either have talent or you don’t. But the story of a once-maligned pitcher’s World Series victory upends both of these stereotypes, and has great lessons for entrepreneurs.