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Kilo Loco ✊🏽 Ask Me Anything

I would say minimum is going to be defined by two different things.

  1. Is your app at the point to solve any of the problems it was looking to address?
    Ideally, your app should have a core problem it's trying to solve and as soon as it solves even 5% of that problem, then your MVP is ready.

  2. Can you get the app approved by the App Store?
    If your app isn't unique enough in regards to solving the problem and there are many out there like it, then add one more feature and try to submit again.

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Rob Lisenko

Thanks so much for replying to me! Your #1 question really challenges me, in a good way. It is a B-to-B app for Orthodontists, and years of working in software for their industry has made me assume they would not accept 5% functionality of the core of my product. That assumption should be challenged because delivering what I'm promising to help them with their patients itself is a huge nut to crack, even eliminating all the related functionally I included in my original wireframe.

I guess my question is, in double clicking on that 5% metric, would I be thinking of this delivering on my functionality for 5% of the various patients, or better to think of it as 5% of the functionality I want anyone to get. I apologize as this wording is cryptic and confusing without explaining the core problem, I guess I'm just asking your overall perspective on what 5% might mean, and any thoughts on that would be super appreciated!

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Kilo Loco ✊🏽 Ask Me Anything

Without getting into what "5%" actually looks like, can you reach into your pocket, open the app, and make any part of your life easier? Once the answer is yes, ship it.

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Rob Lisenko

Let me know if this sounds different than what you mean, but I think you're saying that as soon as this app can "follow the golden path" and their business can use it to help one potential kind patient, that I can ship it. I'll just need to make it very clear what that specific use case is, and how this is a beta which is still being built out to more potential patients than the one case where I actually got it to work!