Introduction to for nocode

Nocode is revolutionary. It democratizes access to enable more people to create software. This is exciting because it means people with big ideas but without deep pockets to hire software developers can now build software applications self-serve without an intermediary.

Yesterday we held the first meeting of Nocode Lisboa here in Lisbon. This is a group I started to help inspire and teach people nocode tools. Tonya of Pronocoders gave us an introduction to You can see a recording of the entire meeting below. Skip to the 31:00 mark if you want to see Tonya do 8 minutes of “improv app building.” She asks the question “what should we build?” and watch what ensues:

I have used Bubble to build Problemattic from scratch over the course of the past four months and can attest that it’s the best tool I’ve used thus far. It has more of a learning curve than Adalo but it’s unbounded in terms of what it can do.

We’re going to be doing these meetups monthly on the first Wednesday of the month going forward and will plan to livestream all meetings via zoom as we did this one. Feel free to join our meetup and suggest/upvote topics of future events via our proposed meeting topics board.

I recently did a 5min talk for Lisbon Lightning talks and nocode was one of three “force multipliers” that I believe is the most powerful thing one can learn:

“Concentrated Startup Wisdom” talk

Here is a recording of the talk I gave remotely via Zoom to the incubated companies of Startup Lisboa:

Unfortunately the audio recording is a bit glitchy (lesson learned to use Zoom local recording vs. cloud recording).

Here are the slides from the talk:

And here is the link for the prototype that I posted in the chat in answer to the question about “how would you go about getting an app into the customer’s hands faster for feedback earlier on?”

If you have any questions on the concepts from this talk feel free to leave a comment below. And if you’d like to get a copy of the eBook I’m writing in public subscribe below to get that immediately.

Metrics for Startups: Sean’s “Track What Matters” talk for Startup Lisboa

Obsessing over the right metrics in the right order as your startup grows is key. Getting derailed by vanity metrics early on can lead you on a goose chase of frustration. This is a talk I gave for Startup Lisboa’sStart to Table” program participants last week on how to tackle this important task. The talk begins at the 4:00 mark and ends at 43:00. If you play it at 2x chipmunk speed you can ingest the whole thing in 20min:

Here are the slides:

Here is the example funnel metrics Google Sheet referenced in the talk. If you have time this video from Y Combinator Startup School is a good primer to watch to set the stage on why this stuff is important before watching my talk on how to do it:

And for that matter if you’re doing a startup I recommend you join both of these free educational programs:

  • Y Combinator Startup School is a comprehensive program from Silicon Valley’s most successful incubator. It has a ton of great content and instruction and is split into two tracks: one for founders actively building their startup and one for pre-startup founders who are planning to eventually leave a full-time job to pursue their venture.
  • Steve Blank’s Udacity course on how to build a startup teaches the essence of the Customer Development process from Four Steps to The Epiphany as well as the Business Model Canvas for de-risking your model. You’ll learn how to get out of the building and conduct proper customer discovery and then systematically work through your BMC to arrive at a viable model.

Any questions feel free to post comments here. If you are a Startup Lisboa company I am the Entrepreneur in Residence for the rest of 2020 and you can ask internally for my booking link to schedule time with me.