I think it is a common dilemma among founders, the obsession of product/market fit, I have been in pilot-mode for last 2 months, Putting many ‘awesome ideas’ on canvas only to find out that they actually sound terrible in reality and really not worth mine or my co-founder’s time. I have an open approach that if I am excited about an idea, I will do the analysis and idea validation before I put my heart and soul into it. In the last couple of weeks, I see a slight panic in my team (who are, just like me, highly motivated to make market-changing products) and a question is being raised over and over again as I have been rejecting all the possible ideas after my initial idea validation phase (even some of them failed on our basic lean canvas).
The question is if initial idea validation fails, can the product still be successful as long as it is open to change and evolves as per customer’s feedback?
ME: We should make products people want to use and not make a product and dump on people to use it
Alex: It is not a customer’s job to know what they want if we make something awesome they will come
ME: But what if they don’t?
Alex: We will change, the product will evolve.
ME: What if this requires, changing the whole product from initial idea to something else?
Alex: Sure, we will do that
ME: But why can’t we find that idea right now instead, to not to waste our time later?
Alex: We start, evolve and learn along the way
ME: I don’t disagree but I learnt from Pages, should not repeat the same mistakes and expect different results?
Alex: You are paranoid LOL
I wanted to know what you guys think How much of product/market fit is enough FIT