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3 Things That Every Startup Has to Build
8 years ago, soon after the high school, I’ve worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken for couple of months. Tough job to start a career, but I really wanted to buy an awesome guitar and I needed money for that. First day wasn’t particularly good. I was definitely the slowest, most confused, KFC employee in the history. Customers were going mad, so one of my supervisors took me for a Face to Face meeting and said “Marcin, I don’t know if you really understand the meaning of words fast food…let me explain: it means that food must be served in a really fast way”.
As mean as it was, I got it and survived inside the KFC the next 6 months.
I took this miserable life lesson with me to both: the User Experience and the Entrepreneurial world. I’m always deeply thinking about the expected outcome that guarantee success and the real meaning of the situation. For User Experience Design the outcome is always a great, efficient, product. For entrepreneurs… well that’s a little bit more complicated.
I’ve learnt (and believe me…it took me some time!) that, on the very basic level, every startup must do only 3 things to survive. Three things that define the meaning of a startup, just as serving food quickly, defines the existence of a fast food.
- Build an amazing team
- Build a great product loved & desired by customers
- Achieve significant, sustainable, growth
As far as I know, that’s it. Only 3 things!
At UXPin we spent months talking to you (our customers), observing your reactions in the social media, changes in metrics… and we were iterating, like crazy, on the product. Finally, thanks to your amazing feedback, we’ve started to grow.
When you know that your company actually works, that’s an amazing, powerful, feeling. When you see the growing satisfaction of customers and the growing revenue, that’s makes you jump high in the air!
And we’re just having our best month in the history. February was the previous best month and before that – January. That’s our sustainable growth.
The number of paying customers will be, again, more than 30% higher than in the previous month.
In fact, we’ve sold more accounts last week than in the first 6 months of the company.
But that’s not what’s most important today. Company had the best week and the best month in the history, while we (Marcin Treder and Marcin Kowalski) are in the Silicon Valley, working on the next step for the company (lots of legal and financial stuff ). That’s the clear sign that we have in place the third factor that every startups need to succeed – great team.
So here’s to you! The greatest startup team ever!
Without the right team startup means nothing, just as without loved product and sustainable growth./Marcin Treder, UXPin CEO