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Developing the MVP (Minimum Viable Product)

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Developing the MVP (Minimum Viable Product)

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When building the latest web app is key to nail the MVP (Minimum Viable Product). This is the version you test audience will see first. This is the version that's make or break. No matter how great or poor the idea is, the execution of the MVP will win your audience, your fans, your support and most importantly, your funding.

The idea you have for your new startup doesn't really matter. It could be exactly the same as anyone else's. However the execution of that idea is vitally important when it comes to launch day. So go back to the drawing board and think about the idea again, what are you actually building? Strip away all the "nice to haves" and less important features, and look at the fundamentals. Then add to that the sparkle and the wow. The things that people will say "ooh, I like that" and "That's clever". These are the things that will set you apart from every other startup.

Your MVP doesn't need to be bare bones, it is all about concentrating on the main feature, the problem that you're actually trying to solve. All other features can be added at a later date giving the application more to talk about and more press. The polish on the application is there to impress and show everyone why they should use your app rather than anyone else's.

When it comes to launch, start small. You're not going to get overnight success, so why even try to. Send the link out to close friends and family, monitor the activity, look at how it's being used. Use monitoring software such as New Relic and check logs to make sure it's performing well. Then survey users to see what they think, see how they are using it and if it's in the way you're expecting. This will allow the application to evolve before asking all your friends and family to share with their friends and family. Let it grow. As it grows, keep iterating.

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