0-to-Startup

Idea to prototype in 30 days by an on-demand workforce

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PA — Founder + Designer at DesignCue
Hey all! Several months ago we launched "DesignCue: a global network of app and web designers." Today, we're taking one step further in helping founders build a startup. With a network of talent product managers and designers, 0-to-startup provides a first-time founder with an actionable plan, branding, app prototyping, marketing material, and a plan for development all for $15k in 30 days. We've brought in some really talented folks who have helped fledgeling startups and big companies build business.
Jonathan Shriftman — BD, Snaps / Founder, Humin (acq Tinder)
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Robleh Jama — Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
Alexander Kehaya — Entrepreneur / ActionWins.co
@prestonattebery This looks awesome! How do we sign up to help founders?
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PA — Founder + Designer at DesignCue
@afkehaya you can apply here: www.designcue.io/apply
Alexander Kehaya — Entrepreneur / ActionWins.co
@prestonattebery looks like he link is missing
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PA — Founder + Designer at DesignCue
@afkehaya Weird! Try typing (www) designcue (dot) io / apply
Can Comertoglu — Product @OneDrive (prev: Vimeo, Amzn)
This is a fascinating idea to find non-tech founders (I suspect tech founders will want to bootstrap most of this work, for better or worse) and get the idea rolling...

The main question I have for @prestonattebery is simple: what's next? Is the outcome of the projects get it to a stage where the founder can seek funding? Is it additional investment to get into MVP? Is it to get to customer development with the prototypes? I left the site hungry for understanding the outcome of the $15k investment - which should be more than a product development plan - but an actual product outcome, which may be a MVP, or at least a customer development/market verification via prototypes.

Very exciting idea though, and good luck starting the 16th!
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PA — Founder + Designer at DesignCue
@cancom10 Good question! The answer and outcome is very nuanced. We don't do MVPs or full products. We don't code, we only do the thinking and design before a product is built. This is an extremely valuable step but often overlooked in startup culture. Tech authorities like Y Combinator preach building first and failing fast. But, for someone who doesn't code, rushing into dev can kill your startup. Once you engage a dev or dev team, you're out at least a few thousand dollars. A project like ours allows us to focus the founder's idea, validate it with years of experience, and produce the fundamental brand design to make their idea real. From here, they can move directly into development with a validated plan and a headstart on design. This will not only save you cost with the dev shop, but will prevent needless pivot after pivot. Why fail fast when you can get it right the first time and build from there?
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