Behind the Scenes: Designing for Change

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I’ve decided to start giving the start-up community and Nexercise users insight into what we do here at Nexercise, with this series I call “Behind the Scenes.”  I will take you through parts of our business so that you can see the madness, angst and personal rewards that goes into fulfilling a business dream.

Ever wondered, what does an early product design phase look like?  Have you seen those product sketches about what Twitter looked like before it was mainstream?  Why should we wait until our companies go big?  There are soo many “Stealth” mode startups, it’s ridiculous.  Transparency within the ecosystem can create a circle of change where everyone’s chances of success can be drastically improved.  We can all learn from each other, because entrepreneurship / innovation is not a zero sum game.

At Nexercise, every product idea starts off as some product sketch, whether it’s a via powerpoint, omnigraffle, or my favorite POPAP (Plain Ole Pencil & Paper).  One of my favorite quotes is:

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -W. Clement Stone

And to conceive you must first get that  idea out of your mind and empower it to be shared:

On to the gallery now:

Powerpoint: (Nexercise waaaay before a single line of code was written)

Powerpoint: (Nexercise before a UI redesign)

Omnigraffle on iPad: (A thought on a new friend comparison screen) – I learned later they have iPhone Templates (doh)

POPAP: (Sketches on some new medals we are cooking up!)

And here’s what we look like today. Big change, huh?

Even new mobile companies like ours go through the same iterative processes that others have done since beginning of time, or at least since the beginning of commerce models. I’ll continue to share “Behind the Scenes” insights into building a solid team, managing talent, business development for start-ups, and much more. Stay tuned.

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