To vendor out or build it ourselves

cadran's profile thumbnail
Hi! When you said "My co-founder wants a very expensive feature" that made me wonder a bit about the decision making process you have with your cofounder to decide what to build. When I read that line I thought it sounded a bit like your cofounder is telling you what to build instead of it being a collaborative decision making process. Also how critical is this feature for you in terms of making progress on your core metrics?
fannysurjana's profile thumbnail
Points taken :) In a way, there's always conflict in deciding what to build, right? I'm naturally a very laid-back, easy-going person who jokes constantly. I didn't mean it to say that she told me what to build, her desire is to push the company into bigger and faster than what it is right now. Our competitors have that feature - and we both understand that this is something that our client want. In terms of core metrics, we haven't launched yet so now I think it maybe that we have to interact more with our clients then decide from there.
cadran's profile thumbnail
:) And yes! I'd definitely recommend launching with a super simple MVP and then iterating based on their feedback. It may turn out that you don't need that feature anyway and then your problem will be solved :)
jennykwan's profile thumbnail
How well is this feature as part of core PMF validated?Is this B2B?Generic input: if you're starting from ground zero, build enough of a throwaway so you can explore the problem space and identify risks, then go ahead and engage with a vendor so you know how to spec what to buy - you'll only scratch the surface and the unknown unknowns are always what kills any project, so I wouldn't build myself, but I need to build just enough to buy with intelligence.
fannysurjana's profile thumbnail
Wise advice! Thanks Jenny.
MarloR's profile thumbnail
Where did you land? Might ha have an idea for you.
fannysurjana's profile thumbnail
We postpone the feature :D I was vendoring it out but received a quote of tens of $$$. Which is sadly beyond our budget.
MarloR's profile thumbnail
Well, if it comes back up let me know. We might have a common interest.