Like Continuous Deployment, whereby IMVU deployed changes to their web application +50 times per day, BetaBrand's aim is to put out a new product every day. They manufacture only a small batch of a particular product, but enough to come to a decision point:
"If there's anything that we've learned from our customers, it's that with the first hundred to two hundred pair sold, we can make minor changes on it to improve it and retest, we can turn it into an entire line, …
…put the extra time to good use. For example, One of my favorite venture firms (who believed early in IMVU), Menlo Ventures , bought a Super Mentor Bundle for their portfolio companies. How cool is that?
However, today is really truly the last day to order the bundle . Monday, September 20, 11pm EST.
The early reviews are in
I've been waiting months to find out how the world at large would react to the book itself, and it's such a relief that the …
…staging = production - users. (If you're Facebook, Google, or IMVU, you are lightyears ahead of this article and have some system where there are multiple levels of staging/production and where you can dynamically change them. You already have geniuses working on your infrastructure. Listen to them. This article is for people who don't have any option between "code runs on developer's laptop" and "code runs in production.")
Why do we have staging …
Check out Shuba's notes from Eric Ries recent talk at MIT .
How to build a lean start-up:
Tell a good change from a bad change quickly
Revert a bad change quickly
Work in small batches (at IMVU, large batch = 3 days worth of work)
Break large projects down into small batches
Have a cluster immune system
Run tests locally. Everyone gets a complete sandbox
Continuous integration server - tests to ensure all features that worked before still works
…Business School; Co-Founder and former Chief Technology Officer, IMVU TOPIC: "The Lean Startup: The Radical New Approach Savvy Entrepreneurs Use to Unleash Creativity, Work Smarter and Get Products to Market Sooner" PLACE: Fleck Atrium (ground floor), Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St. George Street, Toronto (ON) BOOKSALE: additional copies of The Lean Startup will be available for sale at the event FEE: $ 30 per person …
I am no longer writing a book. The Lean Startup Book is done. Finally, really, truly, done. On July 4, I celebrated by making my very last revisions to the paper (!) page proofs, and mailing (!) them back to my publisher. (Yes, I also sent them a scanned via Dropbox .) The finished book will come out on September 13, featuring an amazing cover designed by my IMVU co-founder Marcus Gosling and refined and tested by so many of you .
This is something of an IMVU reunion. The attendees at sllconf 2010 were wowed by Food on the Table's presentation . If you weren't there, be sure to watch the video . Manuel Rosso was IMVU's first of , and is now of Food on the Table , one of the leading lean startups in . I first met Laura Klein when we had the good fortune of hiring her at IMVU to join our interaction design team. Since then, …
Back in my IMVU days, I met with an investment banker who wanted to help us understand the M&A landscape. When we walked him through our business model and results, he explained that our options would be limited, because the main M&A community was feeling burned by companies like ours. He explained, "the big companies have bought a bunch companies with a client download or engagement business model, like Xfire and Neopets, and haven't seen the returns they had hoped. …
…started out as an MMOG . And if you're a regular reader of this blog, you may know that IMVU started out as an instant messaging add-on . It's common, perhaps the norm, for startups to pivot like that—to discover that a product is catching on in unintended ways worth pursuing. Yet there's a lot of mystery around pivots, and entrepreneurs ask all the time how you know it's time to commit to a new direction.
To shed some light, I talked with …
…He's footing the bill for a block of half-price tickets which are available now on a first come, first served basis. You can get those tickets here , while they last. (And, if you feel so moved, you can leave a thank-you message; he's @ standers on Twitter .)
And, don't forget, full ticket scholarships are also available from IMVU. The application form is here .