StartUp Founders: Your MVP Still Needs A Solid Foundation
Non-technical founders who outsource their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to agencies often overlook two important aspects.
Firstly, an MVP generates production, user, and customer data, which means founders have an obligation to ensure its security and compliance with regulations like GDPR.
Secondly, the foundation of an MVP should be solid enough to last at least four years in case it gains traction. This requires careful consideration of factors like API-first development, microservices architecture, extensibility, and configuration versus customization. It’s essential to plan for the future and avoid cutting corners that could lead to technical debt.
According to Maxime Prades, CTO and Co-Founder of Element, a communications platform for Matrix.org, “Technical debt can be just as crippling as financial debt. Taking the time to build a strong foundation from the beginning can save you significant pain down the road.”
One example of a company that didn’t overlook the importance of a solid foundation is Airbnb. Their MVP had an API-first approach, which allowed them to easily integrate new features and expand their business model. They also used a microservices architecture, which allowed them to scale rapidly and maintain system reliability.
As a non-technical founder, it can be challenging to navigate the technical aspects of your MVP. However, by understanding your obligations and planning for the future, you can ensure that your MVP has a solid foundation that can withstand the test of time. Good luck!