About Dropbox probably heard most of you - If someone has not heard - I can only recommend it as really cool and useful tool for storing documents in the cloud and sharing them with others.
I will describe today how the creators of Dropbox were using Lean Startup methodology in process of building a Dropbox tool.
In times when Dropbox started, the world was already at least a few prodducts to store documents in the cloud - it was the year 2006 :-)
This is what the authors of Dropbox pointed out, was a problem that ran through most of these solutions - so build a scalable architecture that allows storage in the cloud is a difficult task - Dropbox founders had a background MIT'owy and gave them an advantage over the competition (Unfair Advantage) .
The competition was suffering with such problems as this one - a quote taken from the forum of competition of Dropbox in the 2006:
"[product] ended up turning all my Word docs and half my Excel Spreadsheets into 0 byte files. Needless to say, I am not happy."
Simple conclusion - It's not so easy to build a solution that does not eat your files - such problem disqualifies any solution.
The authors Dropbox done their MVP (Minimal Viable Product), which was a short presentation shown on Hacker News in April 2007. This presentation on various forums, met with a great response:
We allowed ourselves to create a Lean Canvas how could look like in those days, the idea for Dropbox:
Of course Lean Canvas is only our attempt to read how it could look like, but the occasion is a fun lesson to practice creating LC - for running a successful businesses, you can see that the creation of LC is not that hard.
What creators of Dropbox learned without spending large amounts of money?
Dropbox in beta version
A Dropbox is a very nice example of this how services should be built in proper way. It works for startup as well as for solutions used inside big companies and even in projects where many this is known -such model like Customer Development or Lean startup can help.