Thanks for your thoughts on this. Ash Maurya also wrote on Continuous innovation here; https://blog.leanstack.com/continuous-innovation-c004d46a9250 and I agree that this is part of a shift. I am not sure though that we need one model to fit all. I think depending on the kind of innovation that you are doing, some tools or methods are going to work…
Thanks Dan, Exactly my experience when working with corporates. As soon as there is this new process in place there is a danger of just doing experiments because of doing experiments. Just to meet the KPI standards rather than the need to learn in order to build a sustainable business model.
I have been working with many ealry stage startups, there is no real hard line between one phase and the other, and at some point you realize that in order to keep focus and speed a roadmap or some form of early OKR’s are needed. I also have been thinking of a hybrid model, can we combine simple high level OKR’s with a roadmap, that can in turn…
As a visual spatial person, I enjoyed reading it, the recognition is overwhelming. This is how my mind works. I want to know more about the term since it might be easier to use than visual spatial, but there must me more background. Do you have suggetions as to where to start digging into it?
We founded NEXT Amsterdam (http://NEXT.amsterdam)over almost two years ago to help founders to create healthy businesses that have a real impact in the world.This to go against the hype of overvaluation rather than real value in the Dutch tech scene. In identification with the zebra ethos we came across recently we added a zebra in our footer.
Perserverance is another much needed trait for startup founders and by the sound of it, there is no lack of that in this story, so bravo! There is nothing wrong with wanting to build a sustainable business and not looking for outside money by the way. But you do have to go fast to understand where you do want to earn money with. Thanks for sharing this with the world :)
Thanks for sharing, we at NEXT.amsterdam are a big fan of your impact and value pathos at Indie. We are trying to change the game, (and the ecosystem) here in Amsterdam with our startup studio and (future) fund. Would love to talk to you about that some time!
He Sam, thanks!
The way you determine impact depends on the variables that you have available at that specific moment, which again depends on the phase that your quest of finding a businessmodel is at. I agree that always trying to tie that back to something as tangible as a viable business and thus finance can make it clearer. This counts for your key metrics as well.