14 years of experiences in international startups at Engineering or Product role (e-commerce, travel, local marketing, real estate). Applying Lean principles to product management and helping companies to setup à Product Organization.
Since 1999, my main occupation has been to think about great ideas and transform them into real products, wether for my employer or for myself. It led me to conclude that most of great ideas are always a combination of existing ideas, or existing ideas applied to a different context.
If you cannot think of your product as "the X of the Y" (eg. "the AirBnB for contractors"), it probably means your idea is too complex, and I can help you work on that.
Having this approach will help you to focus on what your business is really about, and the value you are trying to create.
Now you know what you're value proposition is, you need to expose it to potential clients and collect feedback. I can help you to identify clever things to do to get those feedbacks in a matter of days, wether your sales cycle is supposed a lot of time.
It will be quick, cheap and you will learn a lot about your customers and what they really expect from your product.
So you have filled your Lean Canvas ? Now you should make sure the different sections are actionable : can you actually identify real people from your customer segment ? Have you clearly separated the problem from the solution in order to perform effective customer interviews ?
I can help you to clean your Lean Canvas in order to identify the riskiest part of your plan and start to experiment.
The goal of the MVP is to validate that all your assumptions about who your customers are, what your unique value proposition and if your KPI are correctly define. I will give you advice about what kind of MVP is more suitable for your business, and help you to narrow down to the very core of what you want to validate.
I'm designing MVP for the entrepreneurs and startups I work for. Some of them are complete but minimal, some of them are just features on an existing product. I've also désigned MVPs for startups who want to explore new product opportunities, under a different brand.
At the moment you are building a MVP, chances that you won't be noticed at all except from your early adopters. In that context, the risk of having your idea stolen is very low. For a new product at least. For a new feature, you'll have to bucket-test it. There is always a way to make a MVP and learn from your customers, while still being stealth.
Feel free to call to discuss the possibilities offered to you.
I've been in this situation many times, where I met people who were working on similar projects as mine. Most of the time, it does not lead to any partnership, as we both want to pursue our own plans. I would suggest to not jump on this opportunity right away : you can have a slow approach just in order to get in touch, share ideas, check if he has a real vision. The talk will be interesting. But don't look for any partnership just because he has developed something : a partner is much more than just what he bring in the project, it's about who he is if you can get along with him and share the same vision.
There a a lot of developers that could have done the same job, provided you tell them what to do. So I would rather focus on your own idea using customer development, and try to persuade another developer you would know or trust to build your own project. Not necessarily as a partner, just as a developer.
As a former developer, I used to take pride to build my stuff. I would have been reluctant to have someone "business" oriented to influence my work if I already did the effort to produce something that already "kind of" work.
Happy to talk about refining the idea and finding the right technical partner.
Time & money well spent: Sebastien gave me some very good advises to consider the best way to succed with my new stratup project.
Sebastien is able to learn quickly, always eager to improve the existing systems and is able to quickly manage changes in his environment. He has the needs of the customer in mind and is very good at web site development. I really appreciated his work to implement the MVC2 pattern in he Kelkoo Front-End design at the time.
Seb was despite his young age one of the most senior developers I have met. This is a very sharp guy who will go straight to the core of any challenge and work it out. Seb is also very adept to work in international teams - and he's got the social antennas needed to work across diciplines with great ease and always with a smile.
Seb comes highly recommended in my book!
Sebastien has a strong experience in agile project management. He has understand well how to manage a team and make it reactive to product innovative software.
Sebastien was in charge of the redesign of the Kelkoo web site when I was leading Kelkoo engineering. He managed the project from scratch, defined the new technical infrastructure of the site (still active today), led the development team, and supported the roll-out of the site during summer. The amount of personal engagement he demonstrated during that period was just astonishing, and he was a key contributor to the success of the new site in the years that followed.
Sebastien is an expert. He designed drimki.com online product from scratch. Very well organized, Sebastien helped the team to keep focused, with a good communication environment.
In addition, Sebastien is always looking for new clever solutions and knows very well how to work closely with the web development team.
I have no doubt he will be a great contributor to web projects in the future.
Sebastien was one of my directs, he has been a high performer in every projects where i saw him working on, he is highly skilled technically speaking and product speaking, he can have both visions product + engineering. He helped build the search team in Europe and i have been proud to have him in my staff.
Seb and I worked together in complex project in which we had to merge two technologies from Kelkoo and Yahoo!. We had to make upgrades and changes in order to plug two systems together. After 7 months of hard work, we managed to roll out project in 11 European countries and Australia.
It is now major part of Shopping platform in Europe.
All the best, Abbas
Sebastian is a very focussed project manager and is driven to make the project meet specifications on time. He has a very sound understanding of techical aspects in a project and balances this well with good commercial understanding.
L'expertise et la méthodologie rigoureuse de Sébastien nous a permis d'accélérer de façon très significative notre time-to-market et de diminuer les coûts de développement. Sébastien nous a aidé non seulement à implémenter la méthodologie lean-startup, mais plus encore à se l'approprier pour en faire une véritable culture d'entreprise, au service des clients. Je pense que nous n'aurions pas réussi à sortir une première version aussi rapidement sans son aide. Par ailleurs, Sébastien est toujours disponible, dynamique et sympathique.
I've worked with Seb, and one thing that's clear is that he's very focussed on his work. He's quite sharp at seeing a solution in the midst of a problem, and is a fast worker. He's also a good mentor to his juniors.