The “technical co-founder” model is dead, and building awesome tech isn’t a one-person job anymore. Below is a practical blueprint for building a minimal product team for your venture.
Have you ever heard the following conversation?
Q: “What’s your plan to build your app?”
A: “I’ve got a guy!”
I have. It’s too common and it haunts start-ups and large companies alike, echoing through their later efforts to refactor, rebuild, or redesign their product because of early mistakes made while launching an MVP.
That fateful conversation is also representative of a common oversimplification of building software products and a reckless commodification of the talent that builds them; in other words, to think that some guy (or gal) can build great technology for your company, solo, is simply unrealistic these days. Tech and design have advanced to levels of complexity and nuance beyond what one person can handle. The overly-romanticized “technical co-founder” of tech’s youth is gone and done, and we need a better way to think about building product teams.
To put product development strategy into a more rational lens — and to stop equating its difficulty to that of assembling IKEA furniture — we created the MVPT, a functional blueprint for building a lean software development team (T) that can produce an exceptional MVP.
MVP + T = MVPT. Get it? Nevermind, let’s move on…