My journey as a #startup #founder – step 8 – @founding

Step 8 - where we decide our revenue model This topic is so critical that we had the chance to have two mentor sessions this week. After Tuesday's session on business model, last Friday we also had the privilege to spend 2.5 hours with Jan Fuelscher, a figure of the Swiss Startup Scene. Jan's presentation … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 8 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 7 – @founding

Step 7 - customer first... It's difficult to do everything and I had to leave this chronicle aside for a few days as i was engaged in as many customer interviews as possible (had to complete minimum 9 before this past Tuesday which was quite challenging!). This is so far the best part of this … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 7 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 6 – @founding

Step 6 - when the going gets rough... I took me some time to decide to write this post... I think I just went through my first air pocket and although I had planned to write on Tuesday evening after our session, I was simply not up for it... too much to do, too stressed, … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 6 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 5 – @founding

Step 5 - Preparing for Hot Seat and programme drop-out Our next session is coming fast and i decided to adopt a different strategy this time. As said during the class, the programme is hard and testing because entrepreneurs have to learn fast for previous mistakes and avoid making new ones.. so this week, in … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 5 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 4 – @founding

Step 4 - customer interviews Most of the weekend was spent conducting customer surveys to talk about the problem, the proposed solution and the different pricing models. What was supposed to be a simple interview of 15min with 10 "simple" questions often turned into a one hour long, deep conversation into the ins and outs … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 4 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 3 – @founding

Step 3 - the Madlibs and my first customer interview So, the day started early and I posted my Madlibs in the Slack Working Group to get feed-back from my peers. For those who don't know, MADLIBS is a great way to build the killer opening sentence of any pitch. Obviously the first sentence will … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 3 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 1 – @founding

Step 1 - getting to know each other and forming teams! After waiting patiently for a couple of weeks, this day has finally come. Today is the first day of the Founder Institute programme. It's March 7th, I am starting this journey from a blank page... Well, sort of... because the idea has been with me for … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 1 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 2 – @founding

Step 2 - my first real "Hot Seat" presentation It's March 8th. After yesterday's introductory session, the "really thing" starts today with the Vision and Ideas session. I am really looking forward to what this programme will bring me. Overnight I completed all but one of the tasks that were required. The most important task … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 2 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 0 – @founding

Step 0 - making a baby leap from employee to ENTREPRENEUR! A few days ago, i registered for the #founderinstitute #FI Zurich programme, and I sat for the entrepreneur DNA tests... The Founder Institute is the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch programme. The Founder Institute does not provide superficial startup education and encouragement, … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 0 – @founding