Hey Founders, Do You Know How Many Processes You Need to Build?

Below is a checklist of areas where online startups may need to implement processes on their way to market.  (Many of the items on this list also apply to startups that are not entirely online.)

 Even if you outsource many of these processes, they still need to be understood and managed.

 It definitely takes passion to do all this.  However, it also takes a great deal of “process thinking capability”, which is your overall team capability to make/build/learn/implement all these processes.

 The speed at which you and your team can implement these processes directly affects your launch date and your total burn to get there. 

 And you can only skip so many hours of sleep.

 ActionMap delivers increased process thinking capability, to help you:

> implement these processes with fewer meetings and fewer hours of work

> spend the time you save focusing more on your core value proposition

> get to market sooner

> arrive at launch with more available funds

> reduce the need for equity dilution

> manage your business more easily when you start operations


 Here’s the checklist:

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Process Area Priority
(A, B, C)
General Approach
Complete by Date Status:
Red / Yellow / Green / Done
The processes performed by the product or service
The process of developing the product or service (e.g. project management)
Infrastructure management
Data management
Subscription management, e-commerce or other billing
Online training
Online help
Customer support request handling
Marketing (e.g. website, advertising, networking)
Customer Relationship Management (e.g. sales, business development, surveys)
Customer experience / customer success
Communications services (e.g. email, e-meeting, messaging)
Office services (e.g. facilities, utilities, physical mail)
Human resources (e.g. recruiting, payroll, benefits, labor law)
Staff performance management, coaching, engagement, team building
Business entity (e.g. incorporation, partnership, sole proprietorship)
Legal agreements (e.g. terms of service, privacy policy)
Regulatory compliance


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