Turn Your Idea Into a Startup
A great startup begins with an idea. Creators Cards are a practical how-to guide that teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to turn their ideas into startups

Principles

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur that wants to learn how to start a startup? Creators Cards can help you shorten the learning curve to you can get started now. We've recrafted the most salient principles from proven entrepreneurial frameworks, like the Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Business Model Canvas into a sequence that guides through the process of launching your business. This deck of 20 cards is a an affordable way to gain practical experience and a broad exposure to entrepreneurship.

Lean Startup

Learn how to validate your idea, and rapidly improve your project with with customer feedback.

Design Thinking

Discover news ways of understanding the problem you're solving, and produce tons of great possible solutions.

Effectuation

Self-reflect on your value and abilities in order to understand what you're capable of, and how you'll succeed.

Business Model Canvas

Get strategic with this lightweight framework to help you articulate your vision, challenge your hypothesis, and position your startup.

Example Cards

The first 10 proof of concept cards.

  • Core Competencies

    What value, skills, or relationships do you bring to the table?What are you capable of achieving? What are your personal strengths, and weaknesses? What would other's say you're good at?

  • Skin in the game

    Consider how you could leverage your time, money, and relationships. What can you afford to lose? What’s your risk tolerance? What are you putting into this?

  • Partnerships

    Identify people both from your network, as well as those you aspire to work with. Who are these key influencers, collaborators, and mentors you could work with, and learn from? How could they help you?

  • Motivations

    Why are you doing this? What’s the underlying motivating factor? Are you scratching your own itch? Solving your own problem? Why is this important to you?

  • Status Quo

    Think about how the world currently looks like. How would it look if your project was successful? Why would that be better?

  • Barriers to Entry

    What are the barriers that have historically prevented this world from existing? What's holding you back? How might you overcome these?

  • Guts

    What terrifies you about this journey? How will you overcome this fear in order to take action? What personal or professional sacrifices might you have to make in order for you to endure this journey and be successful?

  • Customer Hypothesis

    Think about your hypothetical customer. What are their desires, their anxieties, and the job they’re hiring your product to do? What is the customer seeing, hearing, doing, or feeling immediately before using your product? What are they doing after?

  • Understand The Problem

    Determine the correct problem to solve by defining your customer's pain points. What key insight do you have that other products haven’t considered, yet? State this as a hypothesis.

  • Solution Hypothesis

    Often your customer will have identified key insights, or have found creative solutions to their problems you haven't yet considered. Describe your project to 10 people that match your customer hypothesis. Does your project relieve their pain points? Identify three potential, alternative solutions that might solve your customer's problem.

Who Made This?

Product manager, full stack web developer.

Matt Kiser

Founder

Creators Cards – Helping people be better at starting a startup.