Actually MVP

In the startup world, there is a lot of talk about building Minimum Viable Products (MVPs). At this point, the concept has become so well-accepted that it has almost become a kind of unquestioned dogma. Yet there is a lot of disagreement about what MVP is exactly, and how to carry it out. Many people in the software industry assume that they know what MVP means, and claim to be using the process, but their production workflow tells a different story.

When it comes to building software, it is often tempting to take an approach akin to building a skyscraper: write the blueprints, obtain the necessary prequisites, then build it to spec. But software is a quickly shifting market. A businessperson may think she knows what the market wants, and plan and begin a project to meet that desire. But by the time the product is built, the needs of consumers have often morphed in a direction that she could never have foreseen.

In this post, we'll take explore some common misconceptions about MVP, some different ways to approach building one in software, and how to best use this tool if you're the CEO or CTO of a startup, a product manager for an established company, or a consultant.

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Are you the one? Looking for the next client to invest in.

Late last year we were happy to host a couple successful programs aimed at giving back to our startup community.

One of those programs was called Adopt a Startup. We fielded over 50 applications of seed fund stage startups to find one we believed in. The prize was technical help from our talented engineers. We chose to work with Stand In, a Portland-based mobile app simulation product, because of their solid team and in the scalability of their technology .

We also invested in our first two QL Convertibles, or convertible note projects. Let's talk more about that...

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2015 Boulder Startup Week Recap

From entrepreneurs and investors to tech gurus and local Boulderites, this year's Boulder Startup Week (BSW) brought the community together for a week filled with discussion, learning, networking and partying. There was something for everyone, like panel discussions on the tech industry's most current challenges, presentations celebrating the human spirit, and outdoor activities that gave us an hour or two to get out of the office and free our minds from our work duties.

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