So you have identified a problem in the marketplace, you’re incredibly passionate about the idea… what’s next in launching your tech startup?
Running a startup can be like a chess game; you visualize a series of moves and an outcome, and order does matter. In the below, we’ve provided links for the following topics:
You may need to lather, rinse, and repeat, but please check out this step-by-step flowchart to help you along your journey!
The startup rollercoaster encompasses exhilarating highs, and on occasion, the depths of despair. Conventional wisdom suggests don’t go it alone. Are you a business person with big dreams of a technology startup? A technical co-founder with a shared vision won’t just get you to “minimum viable product,” but can pave the way to long-term success.
Check out these events and opportunities to meet like-minded entrepreneurial folks, where initial encounters and hands-on experiences can lead to a long-term relationhip. Make sure to check out Startup Seattle’s calendar for upcoming events.
Before investing your hard-earned money on fully developing a product or service, you need to make sure customers are willing and able to pay for your solution. Check out following resources to help you get started with the customer validation process.
In this new world of financing, crowd-funding can be a powerful way to road-test your product, get paid for market validation, and get a head-start on customer acquisition.
Seattle’s ecosystem offers both affordable outsourcing of well-defined projects, as well as educational opportunities to empower yourself. Here are just a few examples:
Once you’ve checked everything off of the above list, you should be moving towards a “minimum viable product” (MVP). Remember when pitching your business to funders, a demo is critical; you need to be able to show, not just tell.
Telling your story is mission-critical; download our free business plan template as a starting point, and review the Alliance of Angels’ presentation guidelines for tips on your investor deck
You are starting small but thinking big. Consider applying to accelerator programs and once you’ve gained some market traction and momentum, seek funding through Angel/Seed Investing.
With business plan in hand, small business entrepreneurs may consider the following resources for seed funding: