However, there are many aspiring business owners who find themselves unable to build their companies, because they don’t have the technical skill needed to create (or supervise the creation of) their product. They’re left with three options:
Unless you’ve known someone for months (if not years) who is already a capable developer and is equally committed to your vision, finding the right partner can be really tough.
Technical cofounders are in high demand, and often have their own business ideas that they want to pursue, so convincing one to join your company at the beginning stages will take a lot of work. It’s not impossible, but you’ll need a great deal of luck.
Think about it — Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Kevin Systrom, Drew Houston, and many other successful founders all had a base level of technical proficiency. Can you think of any founding teams that didn’t have anyone with technical ability?
You need that proficiency as well & that's why we created Jumpstart.
dupontstudios’s jumpstart program was created out of our personal experience. Zak wanted to launch a web-based company and tried all the options we mentioned: finding a technical cofounder, learning to develop himself, and hiring contractors and agencies.
It was only when he started working with Alex one-on-one, that he was able to write code and, more importantly, to be able to manage a development team. Because of that experience, Zak was able to launch his company, Swingspace. Our jumpstart program is modeled off this approach to help other founders achieve the same goal.
We work with individuals or small teams for 6 weeks to do the following:
By the end of the jumpstart program, our clients have a product that they can use to start gaining customers and traction. They have also learned the essential concepts and practices they need to manage their development team (whether continuing with our developers or choosing to build their own) moving forward. Since many founders struggle to get their initial product off the ground, having both an initial product and the necessary foundation of knowledge to shepherd it as it grows is a tremendous advantage.
Unlike other development agencies, we launch our own companies as well. That’s why we understand that the only result that matters for development is whether you ultimately launched the product you intended. Too often, we have seen hopeful founders try to build something, and never get it working despite investing many months and thousands of dollars into the launch. We’ve designed our program to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
We passionately love helping people launch their ideas. We’ve watched founders transform for the better throughout our program and in turn, come out with projects that we hope will also transform the world.
To begin the jumpstart program, we work with all our clients to plan our approach. In this 10-hour project, we work with entrepreneurs to discuss their vision, review their documentation, and develop a specifications document that details what the MVP should entail. This upfront planning is critical, as a well-designed MVP should be comprehensive enough to capture the original vision and able to test the core hypotheses but should have a contained scope that is completable within a 6-week timeframe.
This specifications document is valuable regardless of whether founders choose to continue for the full duration of the jumpstart program. If founders aren’t fully satisfied with the work we produce after 10 hours, we offer a full refund, no questions asked.