I have spent the last two months getting in touch with past participants of the three courses I have already launched to get their feedback. In Lean Methodology, this customer discovery is part of the customer development phase. (If you want to read the back issues of this project, y
“Life’s too short to build something nobody wants.” –Ash Maurya, Running Lean Ouch…I’m not getting any younger and already on my second career. I don’t want to keep treading water. The second book I am reading is Running Lean by Ash Maurya.
I set today aside to work on my Lean Canvas, write my customer interview scripts, and schedule the interviews. I got a bit off track. I went to my colleague’s house for a co-working session and we both got to work discussing what we needed to do. When I brought up the Lean Startup m
After several years of running a research and strategy consulting business, I wanted to branch out. The consulting projects and clients were great but at times the projects would stall for several weeks throwing off my schedule, team, and cash flow. I also didn’t see how I could sca
Emerson Walker, a 14-year-old high school freshman, won the recent Startup Weekend Cincinnati competition (May 31-June 2, 2013) with his digital planner idea. Saqui Research was excited to play a supporting role in helping him clarify his target audience. How did I get involved? Two
I remember writing my first business plan back in graduate school. Because I had an entrepreneurial spirit, I had taken a class on using my psychotherapy skills as a consultant. I spent hours putting the business plan together, carefully documenting secondary research, conducting a c
I am fascinated by startups and love reading the stories behind successful and unsuccessful ventures. Here are 3 key themes I continue to see in my readings that apply to any business. 1. They listen. They listen to their customers and other people whose opinions matter. When I say “t