Idea Validation Experts

Alex Barbarsky

Growth marketer at vidiq.com
Let's face it - we can't know everything, and we can't predict the future. That is why we should use testing on each step of the startup journey. I am a big fan of a technique called smoke testing. We can use it to validate our startup idea, target audience, positioning, landing page, etc. Just use it and you will be much more confident making your next step. I can give you advice on both a strategic approach and tactical test implementation.

Alex Lambropoulos

Growth Specialist at thebeat.co
How do you validate an MVP when going-to-market, or validate a new feature to your existing users? Which metrics and user journeys should you be focused on tracking, what questions should you be asking your users, and what insights and optimization opportunities can you extrapolate to fuel your roadmap? Throughout my career, I’ve focused on answering these key questions for early-stage companies, and would love to do the same for you!

“I’m a founder, and I reached out to Harri for advice on fundraising versus continuing to bootstrap. Harri gave excellent advice based on his own experience. He provided clear, concrete examples and responded to all of my questions. I would highly recommend him as a mentor.”

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Mentor Harri Thomas

“Alicia, was excellent. Immediately saw what I was doing (content marketing and building a community-resource page for acquisition). Spotted the issue and had a range of helpful suggestions, models, tools and directions.”

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Head of Growth at Nexl.io
Mentor Alicia Burke

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Step 2. Send session request

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Step 3. Get on 1:1 call

Time for the call, yay! Make sure you show up on time and prepared to make the most out of it. Pro tip: Ask your mentor if it’s ok to record the screen so you can take notes later.

Why talk to a startup idea validation expert?

If you have a startup idea but aren’t sure whether to pursue it or not, then speaking to a growth mentor can help.

One of the first things any mentor on this platform will ask you is, “what’s the problem you’re solving?”

Step #1 of validation is to make sure the problem you’re solving is crystal clear.

One of the most common mistakes we see early-stage founders make is getting too excited about their “solution” and forgetting about the pain.

If the pain point you’re solving is compelling enough, and you’re succinctly able to communicate it, an idea validation mentor on GrowthMentor would move to round 2 of questioning.

On GrowthMentor, most of the value you’ll get is being put into a situation where you have to answer the tough questions.

The ones your Mom won’t ask you.

Don’t start building products willy nilly.

Make sure you validate your ideas properly.

And if you need help with that, you know where to find us.

Common Use Cases

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How to launch an MVP that’s lean but also good enough to make a solid first impression

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If you’re a non-technical founder, talking to a startup mentor with a strong technical background can help save you a boatload of money and time.

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Advice on creating a #NoCode startup from idea to development

BootstrappingProduct LaunchProduct Management

No code makes building software possible without hiring expensive and developers.

Founder Life

Deciding on tech stacks & frameworks for your app as a non-technical founder

FrameworksProduct ManagementValidation

If you’re currently a bit stuck on deciding which web application framework to use, talking with technical founders and product managers with years of experience will definitely help make the decision easier.

Founder Life

Get help with validating your startup idea so you don’t build something nobody wants

Validation

Having someone that can challenge your assumptions will help you develop your ideas. This is key in evaluating your business idea and more importantly to build a foundation that makes going from concept to action more feasible.

Founder Life

Get honest advice on the next steps you should take as a first-time founder

MindsetPrioritizationValidation

If you’re simply not sure what to do next then why not get a second opinion?

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How to build resiliency as a startup founder

Mindset

Entrepreneurship truly is a roller-coaster. The cliche about the ups and the downs ain’t no joke.

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Frequently asked questions

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The only people who know what it’s like to build a company from nothing are the ones who have done it for themselves.

It takes discipline and resourcefulness and even if you have that there are going to be surprises on the way that will catch you off-guard.

The best way to plan for the journey ahead is to talk to the people who have walked the same path and can give you advice on situations that you may face. Find your way forward by talking to the mentors that have bootstrapped their way to seven figures on a shoestring.

When you’re just getting started, giving away a portion of your business for some cash may be necessary to grow, but anyone who’s done it knows that it hurts.

But with the right idea you may be able to find the capital you need without giving away equity.

Talk to a resourceful growth mentor who can help you find ways to get cash in the door quickly and cut down your expenses to what’s really essential. Find profit early and make every dollar you give out work for you.

Bootstrapping often means keeping your startup lean, running at minimum cost, and maximizing the return on every dollar spent.

Seasoned entrepreneurs who have bootstrapped their own startups will be able to help you find and leverage the right tools to save you time, money and resources. They’ll also have worked with several freelancers/agencies that they can recommend to help you find quality work from affordable sources.

Is your business at the right stage to start looking for outside investment? Do you understand the implications of tying your startup’s future to the needs of your investors?

Raising money is more than just a check that gives your business liquidity, it has implications that extend from how quickly you need to scale to how soon you plan to exit.

A mentor can help you evaluate whether external funding is something you should consider or if maybe it’s better to grind it out until your business is in a better position to scale.

Sometimes boiling your product idea down to its Minimum Viable Product is a quick way to get it to market quickly and start bringing in some cash.

But what features are essential, and which will cost you more time and development money keeping you away from the customers you could be selling to now?

Talk to someone who can give you feedback on your product’s development, and what you need before you can realistically expect to start selling it to customers in a way that you can afford.

Three choices:

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  • Google Hangouts

Mentors and mentees are able to set their communication tools in their profile settings.

It is a good idea to connect with the other person once the session is accepted and the details are given. This ensures that the correct details were given and when it is time to start, you can start on time.

Here are some tips on how to get the maximum bang for your time on growth mentor calls.

  • Come into this with realistic expectations. They’re mentors, not magicians.
  • Ask your mentor if they’d be cool with you recording your screen with Loom
  • Give contextual information to help paint the picture of your current situation.
  • Growth mentors will be asking you lots of questions, answer them as honest as possible.
  • Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries of question asking. Be inquisitive. Stories are gold.
  • Don’t feel pressure, just relax. There’s no right/wrong way to do this. Avoid binary thinking.
  • Try to form mental patterns, especially if you speak with multiple mentors. Pay attention to metadata.
  • Embrace alternative views. Ask the mentors to play devil’s advocate and challenge your assumptions.
  • Be friendly and authentic. If you’re likable, the mentors will be your biggest supporters (even after the call is over).

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