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Minimum Viable Product for Guacamole = Bad Idea

by Larry Chiang on April 11, 2012

Larry Chiang pays attention to detail and actively listens with his entire being. His Bloomberg BusinessWeek channel, CNN iReport and Yahoo Voices column are all one unified theme: “What They Don’t Teach You at Business School”. He learned being street smart from his Ivy league mentor who went to to Yale law but wrote about Harvard business. After Chiang’s Harvard Law keynote, Harvard Business wrote: “What They Don’t Teach You at Stanford Business School“ (it’s the same title as his NY Times bestseller). He is also EIR, Entrepreneur in Residence, at Stanford University where he teaches Engineering 145. If you read his hilariously awesome “What a Supermodel Can Teach a Stanford MBA”, “How to Get Man-Charm”, and pattern replicated the Duck9 rebate en route your first revenue dollars… you will love his latest post:

Minimum Viable Product for Guacamole = Bad Idea


by Larry Chiang

People slam my guacamole when they call me the “Paris Hilton of Silicon Valley“. So when it comes to guacamole… It is something I take personally

I recommend the exact opposite of a MV(G)P (minimally viable guacamole product). As entrepreneur engineers, we should be asking how do we work harder AND smarter. We as engineers have tasted ‘instant guacamole’ it sucks.

My theory about making legendary guacamole is where I add 20-25 steps to a normal 8 step guacamole recipe. For example, I caramelize onions. Chill ’em and puree ’em. I also BBQ bell peppers, de-skin and puree them before adding them to my uber yummy Guacamole dip.

The non-Entpreneurs and want-preneneurs are out there trying to do one-step, one-click, magic bullets. I love adding in a bunch of geniously creative steps. I love it not because it causes me extra work

For example, most people have an MVP frame of mind when attending a conference. People want to do as one-click-success as possible. They purchase or mooch a ticket. Show up. And hope to get ‘discovered’. I recommend you add a lot of steps including doing an MVBP (min viable blog post), hosting a MVP (min viable party)

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