Eat, s̶l̶e̶e̶p̶, hack, repeat.

MVP: a half-way update from Lustr HQ, Sydney

By Liliana Ructtinger Human Head, Frothonauts Co-Founder, The Innovators Club

It’s been a whirlwind month and a half since winning AngelHack Sydney. In that time we have:

From L/R Liliana, Sacha, Jeremy, Angela @ Aeona, Sydney
  • Incorporated as a company
  • Changed our product name to Lustr
  • Pivoted from a B2B to a B2C model
  • Launched our MVP — the topic of this blog post

Week 6 of the Hackelerator represented the proverbial “make-or-break” of the Hackelerator program: our Minimum Viable Product (MVP). An MVP is a pared-down version of your beta (let’s not even call it an alpha), in which you are able to demonstrate the the basic premise and business function of Lustr.

As Angela so accurately put it, the week leading up to this deliverable was one in which we were “hacking the limbs off our baby”. All the features we had thought were absolutely essential to a stellar product had to be put aside in the name of being able to deliver a complete, albeit limited, product.

We had pivoted only one week prior, now focusing on connecting designers direct to customers, rather than retailers, resulting in some additional recalibration of our content, and even adaptation of features.

Expectations were high and sleep was low, with Jeremy copping it the most, working overtime (literally and figuratively) to push what was a very challenging deliverable out the door.

The team is sleeping a little better now. Alas, that bottle of champagne remains unopened at Aeona.

To be continued…