May 7, 2021

Positioning teardown request from reader Alexander Fridman

Fellow list member Alexander Fridman emailed to request a positioning statement teardown. I think the ensuing thread might be useful to you (shared with permission, edited slightly for clarity):


How does it sound for a positioning statement?

“I lower software R&D costs for startups by providing correct, efficient, scalable and affordable software architecture design.”


It’s a good start!

IMHO you could simplify it down to this:

“I help startups lower their R&D costs.”

(NOTE: By leaving out the bits about HOW you do this, it forces the reader to ask, “But how?” which starts a conversation)

I suspect you would benefit from getting even more specific (and bold), like:

“I help growth stage software startups cut their R&D costs in half.”

Thanks for your note, Alexander :-)


Jonathan - you are awesome as always!

BTW, You are spot on with “growth stage”. As early stage/seed startups don’t give a rat’s arse regarding correct software design. They want to ship before the money runs out.


Great! Happy to help 😊

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