For a young company, product selection plays a critical role within the overall product development process and this lesson can unfortunately be learned the hard way. Here, we'll highlight how the LittleBonsai team has done it right. First, a quick overview of the team: Jake Felser and Ollie Haas are relatively recent graduates of Olin College. Jake was in my Mechanical Design class in 2010, which was structured from the standpoint of a startup. Jake and Ollie started LittleBonsai and spent considerable time evaluating multiple product concepts before deciding on The Clip.
So often, companies latch onto the first idea they come up with and charge full speed ahead rather than challenging themselves to explore other options and weigh the pros and cons. By going down this path, they often spend valuable resources (time, money, and good will) developing a product without a well thought out business case. The early decisions on product selection casts a huge downstream shadow.
For the LittleBonsai team, here are the key factors that contributed to their product selection process/thinking:
For their first product, Jake and Ollie did a fantastic job of making the right decisions. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to their next products. You can ready more about their company Little Bonsai as well as their current product, the ReBrush here: www.littlebonsai.com