I’m a huge believer of the lean startup movement and the concept of validating ideas as quickly as possible. I think wasted time and resources are disastrous and no matter how much you love an idea, if it isn’t growing and becoming viable to build further, the fun won’t last. However, what I urge you to do is focus on the lean startup notion of your startup idea being a hypothesis.
Since your idea is a hypothesis, you can make it whatever you want. Think big, get excited by your idea. It will be amazing. Sure, you’re going to go ahead and validate it, but at least start by trying to validate that you could work on something really damn cool.
Do what you want. Build something that the thought of makes you jump out of bed each morning. Test the assumptions and make changes based on what was incorrect, but out of the possible options for the next path, choose to first try the path which maximizes your excitement.
This week has seen some ramping up on TheInterviewr, so this post from Joel is well timed as a bit on inspiration…
TheInterviewr has been built fully fulling the lean startup process, and after a year of development, it’s still exciting to work on and see how people are using it.
This month, I’m releasing several new features, such as an optional browser phone for call handling, more notification options, our new iPhone and Android apps and also a transcription service that users can pay to get their interviews transcribed by a team of local transcriptionists…
It’s going to be an exciting month… :)