In the first month of 2019, Innovify’s #ProductTalk community meet up the Showcaser team – a corporate venture of Sthree. Michelle Parsons (Product Manager and Co-Founder), Phil Smith (Development Manager) and Donna Owen (Head of Sales) shared their experience on how their startup, Showcaser, came to be where it is now.
With over 40 million monthly users, Uber’s journey has been spectacular. So much so, that other startups now aim to be the next ‘Uber’ of the industry they cater to.
Many of you may know what a minimum viable product (MVP) is. It’s a powerful basic model that explains what your product does and why prospects should buy it. So in a way, MVP teaches you how to build good, sustainable products.
When we first met Fred, the founder of Brickowner, we could feel his passion and ambitions to be the market leader for property crowdfunding. He had a great idea, highly experienced partners, and a very aggressive plan to grow and fund raise. They were also working with UI/UX and branding agencies. But if they were going to succeed, they desperately needed technology know-how and the right business processes required to set such platform. So they came to Innovify.
Anyone who has talked to me in the last four months has heard me, at some point in the conversation, rant about the All-In-One platform trap. The trap is simple: there are lots of platforms out there with related services and/or products and our startup is going to centralise all of these into a single wildly successful platform.
Management’s support for Agile development is very crucial when there’s a lack of it, it becomes a common cause of software project failures. Management is sometimes surprised or unprepared for things to slow down as teams learn Agile. It may take years, not months, to implement Agile development fully into an organisation.