What Every Pre-revenue Startup Should Be Focused On (And It’s Not New Features)

The only things that matter early on are product/market fit and not running out of money.Fred Lalonde, Hopper Co-Founder and CEO

In the early days of your startup, customer development is the most important thing you can do.

You can build a product, raise money, hire a team, and incorporate your business, but if your product assumptions don’t match the market needs, you’ll eventually regret having done any of these things.

A pre-revenue startup’s success depends on its ability to focus on finding the right product for the right market and not running out of money.

Analytics, responsive design, domain name, branding, press, etc are not keys to your success; without a product people want, the perfect press release or analytic setup won’t ever matter.

Forget about vanity metrics and think small. Product/market fit is when you have five passionate customers willing to vouch for your business. The temptation will be strong to start optimizing and building sales channels before reaching product/market fit, but resist it.

Don’t build a company before product/market fit. A pre-revenue startup needs to keep its burn low.

What a Pre-revenue Startup Shouldn’t Be Focused On (According to Fred Lalonde)

Pre-Revenue Startup – Things That Don't Matter

You can view his full presentation here.

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