Lean Is For Mediocre Mind

Mar 16, 2021
The future doesn’t happen to us; it happens because of us. Against all odds, a few brave founders violating the narrative today will come to define profound new truths tomorrow.
The "launch fast, fail fast way (launch an MVP and iterate it)" is to optimize for the company and investor, not the customer. Investor wanna see the MVP and traction because they want to de-risk a "deal". Most of the VCs care more about who is you lead investor than the potential upside of the product. As a founder, you need to de-risk your future by truly validate your product hypothesis.
The Lean approach will lead you to very incremental solutions or even make you run around in circles achieving nothing. It lowers the cost of failure (downside), but also the potential impact of success (upside). This approach determines your mindset as a product designer and destroys your potential product/business upside upfront.

Don't Get Fooled by Users

Most failed companies made the wrong “awesome product” by choosing the wrong market and following the wrong direction "told by the user you talked to".
Most users get pitched "understandable ideas" because founders think they have to prove market fit before building product depth. If your business fits in a market design by someone else, you are “default dead” in a competition.
The most successful companies don't discover markets, they create them. Most visionaries forge the macro (10x) jump and then ask customers for the micro improvements. The meaningful, big-leap innovations are often not obvious from the start: If you're creating something that will be a great company 10 years from now, most people will probably not get it at first.

Finding PMF

Many think it’s like accidentally finding a pot of gold on a long winding journey.
Product-market fit isn't something you just happen upon through iteration. The vision of the entrepreneur is of utmost important since reaching PMF is path dependent.
A lot of people overgeneralize those “Lean” cases. Some founders bumped into PMF after 0 or 1 (inefficient) pivots, and were smart or lucky enough to recognize the potential doesn't mean it's repeatable. Most important, It means without a solid vision after the first PMF, the product might fail over time.

© Allen Lee 2022