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Oct 14,2019
When the wheels fall off

On the surface Kickstarter seems like a great way to get ideas launched. But the recent failure of Ossic to get a single set of regular headphones out to punters despite over 20,000 pre-orders, tells me there’s something wrong with the model. When looked at through the lens of Lean Startup — it’s amazing anything can launch



To be clear, I’m not dissing the model, just what confusion it can cause for founders. Kickstarter and their ilk do an amazing job of helping founders confirm product-market fit. Mark Andreessen describes it as thusly:

In other words, a successful campaign tells you there’s plenty of people who want what you are building. Awesome! That’ll save you a ton of research . . . .

It’s also a really simple way to not fall into the trap of misinterpreting problem/solution fit when you are ideating. That’s where people tell you the idea is great but what you propose to build isn’t what they would actually buy (ie right idea wrong product).

So what’s the problem?

Well I’m glad you asked. Stretch goals are anti-lean and in my opinion a death sentence for a new product’s launch. They also force you into adding massive complexity and all in the same deadline you originally had for the simpler idea.

Most likely there is lots to learn about running the business before the kickstarters start actually building anything. On top of that, they’ve just promised the market some stunning new never-before-seen feature that attracted your eye and your wallet.

Throw in a bunch of stretch goals, that I can almost guarantee they haven’t really costed, and it’s a recipe for tears (and unfortunately sometimes Class Actions )

Lean tells us to start with the Minimum Viable Product, and using learnings and customer feedback to improve your product. Using scientific method, make incremental improvements and always take the pulse of the client.

Ossic even confirmed this in their final post. Admitting that the project had grown to require over 20 experts in various fields as diverse as UX design and developers in sound processing across 5 different platforms.

Even after admitting to this they still went on to boast that where regular headphones had 2 playback transducers, theirs had 8 and they had achieved working models of what they set out to build.

It may have been a work of art but as Steve Jobs was fond of saying to his team on the original Mac, “Real Artists Ship”.

Launching a new product is hard, don’t make it harder.

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Oct 14,2019

Classes to attend, lessons to learn …. startup to launch. Curated by SiliconNews Editorial Team, just for you. A project of Melbourne Silicon Beach.

Last updated 24 June 2019

SiliconSchool is committed to bringing you the best education resources from Melbourne and around the world to inspire & empower you to be an awesome startup founder, tech co-founder, hustler, hipster, hacker or whoever you want to be in the startup eco-system.

SiliconSchool is in hiatus. Please refer to SiliconCalendar for events and workshops in the meantime.

Online Courses

The courses below maybe taken at any time at your pace.

How to build a Startup — Lean Launch Pad by Steve Blank.

How to Start a Startup by Y Combinator. A series of lectures from Stanford University and Y Combinator.

2017 Lecture Series

Have a class, workshop or an educational event to list? Comment below or join our Slack and list it in #silicon_school channel.

Oct 15,2019 $10
Ask anyone how you build a strong organisational culture and chances are you’ll hear the words values and alignment…a lot!
Oct 17,2019 free
Speed Networking in partnership with KUBU community
We are holding a ‘speed networking’ event (our first ever), a collab with Kubu Community @ 11th Space. And you are invited. Places are limited.
Nov 1,2019 free
Show & Tell @ FAB9, Footscray
A special event in partnership with Melbourne’s newest Maker Space, FAB9 FAB9 is a makerspace that empowers makers. The space has been purpose-built so designers and makers of all skill levels can access the training, tools and prototyping equipment needed to turn ideas into physical realities. Whether you’re an amateur tinkerer working on a dream DIY project, a hardware entrepreneur creating the next world-changing product, or someone who just wants to experiment with different materials and processes, our space is open to you for a monthly membership fee. Come and see the space for yourself. And watch the work of the growing Maker community in Melbourne. Collaborate and innovate. What’s a Show & Tell? It’s like a Pitch Night for Makers. Bring something you made or an idea. It could be for a hardware startup, prototype or piece of art. Let your imagination run wild. We are inviting Silicon Beach community to bring your ideas to FAB9. This is a FREE event. Pizza and drinks will be provided. We are open to sponsorships. Please contact the Event Hosts or email Main Photo: Michelle Mannering – Baja Board City of Melbourne/ That Startup Show /Photographer Wren Steiner ——- PLEASE NOTE We will be videoing and taking photos at this event. By attending, you give consent for those to be posted on Meetup and our social media channels.
Moving to Melbourne after graduating as an engineer in Brazil was a huge challenge for me. Having absolutely no network made it even harder. I’ve stumbled across Silicon Beach on and eventually started attending their open co-working days in St Kilda. Being around like-minded people and sharing my personal and professional experiences made me narrow down my possibilities here in Melbourne and eventually led me to upskill in data analytical skills and reaching out to this network. Almost by accident (but not really), I came across an event at a soon-to-be-open makerspace in Footscray – FAB9. Through the Silicon Beach network, I’ve managed to meet the founder and CEO of this company and eventually I joined the team. Nowadays I work as an Industrial Engineer for FAB9 and I’m glad to be able to collaborate with Silicon Beach for community-building events and gatherings.
Bernardo Mendonça
Industrial and Ops Engineer at FAB9
In my experience of getting a startup off the ground for the past year or so, I’ve consistently found Silicon Beach offers the most effective way to start integrating yourself to the startup community, and the resources to help you succeed at making it through the various phases. The community achieves this through providing the warmest and least confronting atmosphere at events with participants made up of new founders, potential collaborators and top calibre mentors. The relationships I’ve built through these events have been long lasting and invaluable in helping me to make my startup a reality.    
Joseph Montuoro
Founder - 'My Pathway'
I highly recommend Silicon Beach to early stage Founders looking to connect with an authentic and friendly Startup community.
Brian McCarthy
CEO, Brandello
Silicon Beach is a great community, and really made my trip to Melbourne special. If you have an idea, and want to get in touch with collaborators, this is the place.
Austin Mackal
Digital Epistemologist