Product Development

So, how do we start being braver when it comes to ideas?

So, how do we start being braver when it comes to ideas?

"What's the biggest lesson 2017 taught you?" Steph, our Program Manager, asked as we started our planning for the year. 

Without hesitation, the biggest lesson  from a year full of highs and lows is that our members, companies, students, and team need to be more creative, ambitious, even reckless in the types of problems they're tackling and the scale of solutions they're building. 

2017 was full of travel and conversations with my colleagues across the country and around the world. The most significant takeaway from my experiences last year in cities like San Franciso, Waterloo, and New York is that early-stage teams are unapologetic when it came to how daring and unexpected their products are. 

Startup Edmonton Notes: Handcrafted - Masters of Scale

Startup Edmonton Notes: Handcrafted - Masters of Scale

Masters of Scale, the incredibly easy-to-listen-to podcast from LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman, is a great way to learn how some of your favourite tech-enabled companies grew at incredible rates. The episodes are chock-full of fun founder stories, but also lots of real lessons that you can put to work today. 

In Episode One - Handcrafted, Brian Chesky, Co-Founder & CEO of Airbnb, talks at length about how to build a platform that could scale, they had to spend time doing a bunch of small things that couldn't. This approach is still a big part of how they roll out new features and projects. 

Brian talks about his two stages of product development: Step 1: Build a perfect product. Step 2: Scale the experience. (Of course, here at Startup Edmonton, we would encourage you to do a ton of customer validation before jumping into product development!)