Validate your Product — The 4 wheels
When validating a product, try to use different channels, and remember these 4 wheels
This is a summary of Courtland’s mental model about validating a Product
Try different channels
When validating your product, try different channels. The best channel should be the one you can use indefinitely.
For example: validating through ads can be quick and simple, but does your budget allow you to run in the long term?
Besides, Ad is one of the possible channels. If it doesn’t work there, it doesn’t mean your idea doesn’t work. It can be a few different reasons (bad message, wrong audience)
See The Bullseye Framework Gabriel Weinberg — founder of DuckDuckGo
The 4 wheels
To have a good product, it needs 4 things:
- Market: who is buying?
- Distribution: how to reach that market?
- Pricing: how much is suitable for that market?
Those are more like 4 wheels on a car. To get the car moving, it needs 4 wheels. Even those are bad wheels.