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Andrea Torre

Andrea Torre

September 02 2014

Business Model

Hi all,

in this thread I'm interested in learning more about Anahita as core technology for #startup companies.

I am also interested in understanding what is the #businessModel (if any) of Anahita itself and if it is considered a startup company by @Rastin.

Given the countless links and discussions about startups and entrepreneurs in this community, I'm assuming that one of the goal of Anahita is to become a framework to implement profitable business models and maybe a product itself.

I might be wrong on that. 

So before to continue with the next questions, I'd like to have a clarification on this. Thank you!

PS: the term startup is still ambiguous. This is the meaning I'm using in this thread: http://bit.ly/1rKoxK5

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Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
September 02 2014 Permalink
Anahita is not a business or a startup. It is an #OpenSource project. It is an innovation. If we build a #Saas or #Paas solution using Anahita and offer premium packages, then that will become a startup. Once the platform-market fit is found in that startup and repeatable business comes in, then it becomes a business and it will have a business model. 

Right now we are in the customer discovery stage to build a solution for a market niche using Anahita. In the mean time we are also developing Anahita and focusing on the core technology aspects that are going to be needed anyway regardless of what solution we end up building. A lot of the Anahita development path is influenced by our observations of how this technology can help or is helping our clients and how it is being used in the Anahita tribes.
Andrea Torre
Andrea Torre
September 02 2014 Permalink
@Rastin, this is interesting, thank you for your reply.

A #startup could create an innovative #MVP and release the source code (or part of it) as multiple #OpenSource projects. This is quite common.

The MVP is used to find the market fit and for #fundraising purposes.

The fundraising is used to support the development during the customer discovery stage.

I get that today Anahita is not a business/startup... and the challenge I see here is about finding customers/market fit without having a product (assuming that a project is not a product). 

In other words,  the challenge is to ensure a development rate consistent enough with the evolution of the technology ecosystem that surrounds us (for example, 10 years ago no one imagined such an evolution of the front-end technology).

An alternative would be to change strategy and try to build a product with Anahita as soon as possible.

Another example is Joomla: it is an amazing project, but not everyone would agree that it was that innovative in recent years. In this case the market fit is all about the 3-party extensions and not the project itself which is, to me, still far away from the market.

Just my 2 cents.
Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
September 04 2014 Permalink
Those are all true and we are doing user research for different startup ideas. We've just taken that out of Anahitapolis.

Right now the Anahita project is foucused on developing infrastructure and core features that are going to be needed in all knowledge sharying system scenarios regardless of how they are going to be used. It's like building an operating system. You don't need market research to know that an OS has to provide filesystem, memory management, and process scheduling. 

Once we find a market need with significant size, then we can build a solution for it using Anahita.
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Rajkumar Mundel
Rajkumar Mundel
September 04 2014 Permalink
"we can build a solution for it using Anahita" - Agree

@andreatorre - One of the example is www.letsride.in !
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Andrea Torre
Andrea Torre
September 05 2014 Permalink
@rastin that makes sense and, as I wrote in this proposal, I more than agree on focusing on developing infrastructure and core features.

@rmundel I'll look into it, thank you and congrats.

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