Selecting the Right Provider for My Startup
What you’ll get
Trusting a provider to help build your project is difficult. To make the right choice, in this course, you’ll learn what to look for, when selecting a provider, and how to make sure they’re right for you. In this program, you will also dive into what you can do, beforehand, to make your provider’s job simpler and give you a satisfying result in the end.
1 hour 6 minutes on-demand video
1 fillable evaluation worksheet
1 printable supplemental resource
Entire course slides
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"I've finished the startup foundation module. As a non-technical CEO, I feel more confident and more prepared to launch my project. I will meet a developer soon and I now know what I can expect from him and most of all what he might expect from me—clear specifications! I am now able to describe what I want from my MVP and to share it."
– Lionel Malarde, President at MARCHE D’APPROCHE
|Let’s get prepared|
|1. What's the methodology (1:39)||Start|
|2. What to prepare before talking with a provider (5:12)||Start|
|3. The evaluation worksheet (2:15)||Start|
|Provider’s company evaluation|
|4. External evaluation (5:56)||Start|
|5. Mindset and values evaluation (8:15)||Start|
|6. Project management evaluation (5:03)||Start|
|7. Quality evaluation (7:23)||Start|
|8. What it should include (1:20)||Start|
|9. Product understanding (4:32)||Start|
|10. Technology evaluation (11:33)||Start|
|11. Pricing (3:54)||Start|
|12. Long term and risk management analysis (4:45)||Start|
|13. Selection process (2:00)||Start|
|14. Conclusion (1:14)||Start|
|Questions to ask to evaluate a provider|
Selecting your provider?
This is such an exciting moment : choosing the provider that will help you build your startup product !
Exciting but also CRITICAL, as you are maybe going to spend up to $10,000, $50,000 or even $100,000 on a provider that you might have never worked with before.
In this course, I’ll help you follow an evaluation framework with a very practical approach.
We will analyze all the factors that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses of your provider.
I will show you how to focus on your provider‘s weaknesses so that you will pay more attention to them during the project.
This process will enable you to work with an inexpensive provider while still keeping your project safe.
So, are you ready to make one of your startup’s most important decisions?
Click Start and let’s do it together!
What’s the methodology?
Entrusting your project to someone else is a daunting task that happens to have a lot of zeros attached to it, so it’s pivotal that you make the right choice. On this series of videos, you’ll learn what to look for when selecting a provider and how to make sure they’re right for you.
But it’s also safe to say that this is not a one-way street. Creating the best product possible is not only your provider’s responsibility, but also your own. In this course, you’ll also dive into what you can do beforehand to make your provider’s job simpler and to give you a satisfying result.
The evaluation worksheet
We’ve prepared a fillable worksheet for you to use during this process. We’ll show you how to make the most out of it throughout the course by analyzing every provider in a tangible way and basing your decisions on that information.
Then, we’ll jump right into understanding the strengths of your prospective provider from a distance.
Find out how to start the process by contacting previous clients, scanning the provider’s portfolio for similar projects, and checking out the team’s stability.
Find out how you can start on the right foot with your provider and their developers. Make sure you’re dealing with someone in-line with your own ideas, who is willing to teach, learn about you, and share his work with you from the get-go.
Amaury Khelifi has been working in the IT industry for 15 years and has dedicated himself to the tech startup environment over the last few years.
Having had the experience of launching his own startup and managing its ups and downs, Amaury knows what founders and CTOs need to grow their company.
Advising and Mentoring more than 70 startups, Amaury had the chance to apply his technical skill set, training experience and grow his knowledge of various business areas and challenges.
An entrepreneur at its core, he’s always looking for new techniques to help passionate entrepreneurs launch, manage new ventures and make them grow.
CEO of My CTO Friend
Learn the other must-dos
Startups are ever-changing businesses, and you need someone that can keep up. A stern hand is also a plus: if you happen to have unrealistic expectations, you need someone to ground and guide you in the right direction.
These are just some of the must-haves we’ll go though in this course.
We’ll cover QCD Methodology for startups, what to ask for in quality assurance, and software testing. We’ll also start help you taking into account what your provider may not be able to bring to the table, and preparing to make up for it byt yourself.
Don’t let yourself be intimidated
Technology is not your strong suit ? Don’t let yourself be intimidated.
We’ll cover a few basics on what solutions and languages are the best to reach your goals while keeping it simple. How to check how comfortable your provider is with them as they explain their resources to you.
Now, zeros and dollar signs are terms we can easily follow, right?
Well, in fact, price shouldn’t be a decisive factor.
Instead, we should only use it to weed out some extreme out-of-range companies and as a guideline to organize your priorities and the delivery process.
That is what the Milestones Payment Methodology is for.
Tackle willingness and commitment
We’ll find out in what areas are you able to provide support with, and cross-reference that with your prospective provider’s weaknesses.
This opens the possibility of a win-win relationship, at a competitive price.
Ready to choose a provider? Click START below.
"I want to thank Amaury for his help and all the advice he gave to us. Very flexible, he listened closely to the problems we dealt with. He proposed relevant solutions that we have applied. I recommend that you contact him for any questions in relation with your business. I hope to work with him again on our project as soon as possible."
– Mathieu Gouedard, Founder at Shop’in