There is one common element across all the analyses of failed and successful startups that must be present for the founding team to succeed: speed. Achieving and managing speed - knowing when to brake and when to fly at full throttle - is a critical skill of successful startup founders.
After working with dozens of startups and hundreds of software products ourselves, we see the key areas of talent, focus, and market validation as particularly important in driving speed.
For a startup, it’s all about execution, and you will need certain skills to support those activities at certain points. Hiring the wrong people - or hiring the right people at the wrong stage - will cost you precious time and resources. How can you be sure to hire the right skills when you don't know for sure what will need to be done in the fluid early stages?
Are you adding the right skill sets for where you stand in the startup journey? Find out in our discussion on the timing of talent at your startup in part one of this series.
The ability to regulate speed and direct efforts toward the right activities at the right time is a crucial leadership skill found at successful startups. Controlling focus helps a team shift its efforts rapidly. But what if you focus on the wrong thing? How can you know what to focus on?
Do you know when to open the throttle and tear forward and when to hold back? In part two, we discuss how focus keeps your business alive and speeds you toward product/market fit.
Waiting to talk to customers is linked to many reasons startups fail. Validating assumptions with potential users before building a software product or feature lets a startup move ahead quickly and confidently. How can you mitigate the risk of bringing to market a subpar solution and the negative impact it could have on your reputation, for example?
Is market validation built into your process? In part three, see how speed in market validation allows a startup to compress learning and avoid mistakes, speeding up its entire timeline.
How we build in speed
Belighted uses a methodology that helps startups achieve the economies of speed to find product/market fit fast:
- Our multidisciplinary team lets startups ramp up rapidly with the right skills at the right time.
- Our experience in best practices such as continuous delivery help our clients’ new products evolve rapidly.
- We use agile product development sprints that build in market validation opportunities.
Join us in the coming weeks as we explore the roles of talent, focus and market validation in achieving speed for startups:
Part 3: Speed in market validation