For a long time I've been helping companies build successful software product businesses. But that doesn't mean I haven't wanted to build software products of my own.
I'm hugely interested in building great software products. This interest has given me great respect for people who create software products people love and driven me to work with SaaS founders to learn how they build software products successfully.
I'm currently working on my own software projects and continuing to build upon the skills I've identified as necessary to create great software product businesses.
Here are the skills I see as important to building successful software product businesses:
- customer research
- user testing
To learn these skills, I've:
- interviewed experts in each of these respective fields (identifying best practices and most common mistakes)
- consumed the best resources available (books, courses, videos, etc)
- been a guinea pig for consultants (joined over a dozen focus groups, performed dozens of user tests, and took notes on what did and didn't work)
- and then I performed the work myself (interviewed hundreds of customers for different companies, recreated the UIs of popular applications and designed new ones, did user testing for over a dozen companies, and did and still do all things marketing for SaaS companies in addition to teaching and mentoring them).
I've learned a lot along the way, way more than any book will tell you. Much of what I've learned is what not to do. There are lots of ways SaaS founders can fail in any one of these areas.
My efforts have been very purposeful: learn how to do everything involved in creating a successful software business from the people who've done it themselves.
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