Programmer turned to entrepreneur. Startup mentor. Lean advocate. Fun fact, I skipped a grade at elementary school.
Been there, done that. I learned from mentors as well as my own mistakes. I'll give you the quick overview of what do you need to do in order to get your startup idea funded.
That's a great question and there is a lot of startups asking it. Including me. I've been asked it a few times as well. I tried to tell the people what to do at first, but soon realized that they are the ones who know their product and industry better than anyone else, so I could only ask the right question to help them decide. So here you go.
1. Have you got any plan that you can compare those metrics to, to understand whether the growth is faster or slower than you planned?
2. If you preserve, have you prepared some tests that help you validate your assumptions? For example, we wanted to give it a last try so we launched a PPC campaign. That helped us speed up the decision, because more clicks on our website helped us see the trend. (also, don't forget to set some expectations first)
3. Have you validated your pivot options before you really do the pivot? You can do the validation through customer interviews or landing page, pretty quickly.
I think that you need to answer those questions first before going into more detail. Do a few build-measure-learn loops and you will get much more insights to help you decide whether to pivot or to preserve. This is one of the most difficult decisions that you are going through. Fingers crossed.
I have worked with Milan for 4 months when he was with his startup in our accelerator program at TechPeaks. Milan has worked hard and professionally for the 4 months, managing his developers team in product development while at the same time working on business development. A very correct person. Recommended.
I met Milan in Europe during a medical device product launch. Milan evaluated our company's product for Mentegram's software.
Milan understands product management and development, but most of all understands leadership and business. He has a vision and a determination that has driven the efforts his company to new levels. In tune, decisive, determined, and ROI driven are all characteristics of Milan's business character. I enjoy working with him and respect his determination and upstanding morals.
Milan displays the qualities and characteristics that make a leader successful. He is dependable, driven and in tune with the needs of his employees and his business. He works well with his colleagues and his executive team and is always eager and able to learn from those around him.
I highly recommend doing business with Milan.
Milan did several mentoring sessions during StartupWeekends. He deliver valuable experiences to startups and found interesting ways how to solve problems in proper way which align with startup life cycle and current situation. He fit to various mentoring teams and I'm looking forward to work with him next time.
Milan is a hard working guy with lots of energy and enthusiasm. It is a pleasure to be an investor into his company, since their strategy, passion and precise reporting is of value to our fund and also to the portfolio of companies.
It was my great pleasure to mentor Milan at TechPeaks. I took an immediate interest in his business and his clear ability to execute, and we have kept in touch actively since the program concluded.
He has made impressive progress in the 5 months since we first connected. Mentegram is at once creating a new market space and innovating on product, which is a very challenging balancing act. Milan and team are doing it very, very well thanks to his instincts, leadership and passion. I look forward to great things for the company.
Milan is a passionate business guy with hands on experience in online marketing and web project management. I think he is a great, inspiring leader who can make his team work hard for their common goal!
At first I though, how do you write a recommendation for someone a half a world away, whom you've never met in person? Then I realized, it's no different than writing one for someone next door, especially this day and age. One big reason is I always felt like Milan WAS right next door. He responded at all hours, jumped on Skype to walk us thru any issues, and generally made sure he supported his work, his product. And for that, we couldn't be more grateful and satisfied with every job he's finished in the past 4 years.
Milan is attentive, detailed, patient and creative. Having been in this field for way too long, you know those four attributes don't manifest in a single person very often.
I couldn't recommend him highly enough.
Milan is a very talented and successful web developer who has recently launched his own company. With his smart ideas and professional attitude he is sure to go a long way. Check out his CMS and the web sites his company have worked on at www.starion.sk
Milan is an awesome Project Manager, knows how to make every process run smoothly, has great EQ & IQ, is a natural leader, knows how to approach people to make them enjoy the cooperation! So did I when we were working on the common projects.