Lessons Learned: Developing Kip 2.0
Two weekends ago, Patrick and I got together to step back and explore the long-term vision of Kip. For the last few months, we’ve been caught in a whirlwind of new clients, a new team, and a new product opportunity. Concerned with the day-to-day, we’ve inevitably had to put the strategic and vision planning on the backburner. But, it had become clear that the vision needed to be cleared up as we move forward toward our full-time summer work.
In Boston, we met some of our fellow entrepreneur friends and our Boston team, Monica and Cynthia, to bounce around some ideas and really nail down where we want to take Kip. We had some great candid discussions and brought all issues to the table. We got some great feedback and realized our main gap has been customer validation, and testing would need to be our next step to development.
As we parted ways once again, we were clearer in our vision, but not ready to engrave it in stone just yet. This past week was filled with more brainstorming, deliberation, and feedback that have allowed us to focus in on our core passions and ideals for Kip.
What we’ve learned:
1. Vision is vital. It inspires, directs, and drives a business and its team. Without it, it’s easy to lose the way.
2. Learn to distinguish between assumptions and truth. What you think is best may not really be best for whomever you’re planning to help. You may build an ideal, perfect business, but if it’s of no use to your customers, it’s…well, useless.
3. Meeting in person brings in a beautiful, intangible dynamic that e-mail doesn’t allow. It seems obvious, but if you’re doing most of your work online, make sure to meet your teammates in person from time to time. It can make the biggest difference.
4. The hardest part is balancing idealism and pragmatism. Build a team that complements each other in this regard. Find the good cop and the bad cop.
We’re more excited than ever and plan to unveil a brand new Kip 2.0 very soon! Stay tuned. We’re ready to take on the world.
—Sonia Chokshi, COO and Co-Founder