Crowdfunding can be really, really effective for the business, but it is very nurturing experience and for the entrepreneurs themselves. Running a crowdfunding campaign, successful or not, teaches you so many things that you wouldn’t learn otherwise. Understanding product development and how to effectively build a prototype are two of these valuable things.
In order to enter the wonderful and fruitful world of crowdfunding by submitting your project to Arikovani, you need to have a working prototype. If you don’t have a prototype but you aren’t willing to give up, you better get to work.
If you are unsure how to approach the development of a product and what to begin with, arm yourself with patience and a will to learn. And the best way to learn is to listen to the pros. So, don’t waste any valuable time and get to reading.
Read also: Pre-Prototype Stage And Crowdfunding
Here is a list of five great books on product development, design, and prototyping that will give you many of the answers you are looking for!
By Todd Zaki Warfel
This book is perfect for beginners, yet not so informative for people, who have prototyping experience. The tools noted by the author as great to use are a bit out of date as the book was published back in 2009. Overall, it is a great book to begin with if you have absolutely no idea how prototyping works.
By Don Norman
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication a wise man has once said. It is mesmerizing how everyday things are designed and created. This book will take you on a journey of learning the creation stories of many everyday objects that will make you look twice at most of the things around you. It is a great source of inspirations for project development teams.
By Marty Cagan
Crowdfunding is a great way to receive valuable feedback from your customers. But, undoubtedly, it does feel good to receive positive reviews from the beginning. Creating a product that is well-received by the customers increases your chances of crowdfunding success and builds the foundations of launching a product that is to stay.
This book will give you a perspective on the things the customers love, so you can find a way to implement the information in the development of your own product.
By Steve Krug
Usability testing is a great way to find the flaws in your product faster and eliminate them. This book will guide you through the path of understanding the usability testing processes without the need to spend a lot of money on hiring testing consultants – a great alternative approach for startups on a budget.
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
By Nir Eyal
To build a product that the customers will love you need to understand what makes people like certain products more than others. In his book Hooked, Nir Eyal introduces a four-step process that many successful companies incorporate in their product development strategies in order to create products that stick. It is not a bad idea to check it out, especially if you want to make it big in crowdfunding.