Joel Gascoigne is one of those rare entrepreneurs who started their startup using lean startup thinking from day 1, and rapidly grow into a force advocating lean startup methodology. I’ve taken every chance I’ve got to learn from him, be that reading his blogs, meeting him during his “office hour”, or going to the talks he gave at technology meetups in San Francisco. I finally spent three days at lean startup machine workshop (silicon valley) and am fully onboard using lean startup approach, after making every mistake an entrepreneur could make under the sun, which is another topic one day I will write up in details.
Without further ado, Joel’s must read articles for me:
5 things that seem essential that we launched Buffer without
This article has the links to original lean startup post and video straight from Eric Ries. Be sure to check it out.
What is your coming soon page for?
This article speaks dearly to my own experiences. I managed to collect hundreds of emails through “splash page”, which turned out just the results of “novelty effect”, as opposed to “validate and learn”.
And finally, going into the actual case study how Joel masterfully planned out his MVP during the very early days of bufferapp.
Idea to paying customers in 7 weeks: how we did it