Customer Sprinting and Growth Mindset

Customer Sprinting and Growth Mindset

We started our 3-month customer sprint in early June. Our goal was to meet people in our community who fit our target market, and hear their stories. Over the course of this sprint, our app idea has begun to crystallize. It started with a story, not from a customer, but from my co-founder, Paul. He…

Operating Agreement Doesn’t Elimin...

Operating Agreement Doesn’t Eliminate Disagreement

Teamwork transforms your weakness. Keep that in mind when you draft your operating agreement. Build your roles with an eye towards reciprocal exchange and roles growth. A summer storm damaged a tree branch. The branch fell over my house’s power line. I have the ability to climb, saw and remove the branch. If I carried out…

How a Startup is Like Rock Climbing

How a Startup is Like Rock Climbing

This summer my kids completed a week of indoor rock climbing camp, where they did four days of gym climbing and then got to spend a day climbing at Pilot Mountain State Park. After experiencing real rock climbing for the first time, they shared with me the top lessons they learned:     Fear of heights…

Business Canvas Iteration Numero Uno

Business Canvas Iteration Numero Uno

We have a business canvas!!!! Last week we sat down and put post it notes to the wall. Here is the first canvas. One month into our customer sprint we have a bonafide business plan. The canvas let’s us see the big picture. As a iterative planning tool we will be creating many versions of…

Unique Value Proposition and Identity

Unique Value Proposition and Identity

The blank page is tyranny. It represents creativity so immense we fear it cannot be captured. It’s our job to capture the start-up identity and unique value proposition. Fill the page. Six weeks into our customer sprint and it feels like we are finding that identity. We riffed a lot about our personal values and how we theorize technology…

The Very Beginning: A Very Good Place to...

The Very Beginning: A Very Good Place to Start

We’re starting a new company! I want to shout it from the rooftops, or maybe run up and down an Austrian mountainside twirling around like Julie Andrews. If everyone who is starting a company today did that, that hill would be alive with about 140,000 people. The startup world is a crowded field. But that…

The Will to Get Things Wrong is Good

The Will to Get Things Wrong is Good

Often, more than often, I don’t get things right on the first try. If I really think hard about it I get things wrong the first try. Getting things right the first time is a trap! Long haul around a short block coming to that conclusion. What keeps me trying? I’m tempted to give you tenacity as an…

Customer Sprinting

Customer Sprinting

It’s week number three at the start of a three month customer sprint with Protagonist Lab. Our objective is to seek a level of empathy with the feelings of our customers. We need to understand their aspirations and the tension they feel when pursuing those goals. What is so amazing about this practice is the…

Heading to NC State for Interviews

Heading to NC State for Interviews

Paul and I are heading out to NC State’s Hunt Library on Thursday, 7/14/2016, to talk to some students about co-learning. What is co-learning anyway?  We’re thinking of it in its most basic forms, like studying together at a library, or buddying up in lab to work on an assignment, or getting someone else to…

Survey Participants Needed

Survey Participants Needed

Protagonist Lab is currently surveying current college students about study and test prep habits on campus. If you are a traditional college student in your first few years of college, we would love your participation in our survey! Your answers will help us develop a better, more targeted technology solution around co-learning. Click here for…

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