Starting is exhilarating. Intoxicating. The possibility, the opportunity, is vast & grand. The fuzzy front end, with all the risk & promise & chaos is my sweet spot.
A few years ago I competed in Georgia Tech's Startup Competition with what will be Pember.lee's second product line. That's where I first learned about the business model canvas & customer discovery for developing & market testing new product ideas before launching.
But I'm adding another step! Last week, Seth Godin published a post about making 3 lists when considering & preparing for a new project. Where the canvases are more market facing, I like these questions/lists because they're inward facing & help sort through the emotional strain & confusion of starting. No matter how exciting a start is, the fear & doubt always show up.
So, I created a tool to be used alongside the canvases!
I'm retracing & completing this for all 3 of my major projects. I love the idea of pre-empting the doubtful thoughts & calling them out before they even show up to the meeting.
Please enjoy responsibly!