Minimum Viable Product: Validate Your Startup Idea for Less than $1,000 Free class

Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO of Skillshare

6 Videos (24m)
  • Launch Your MVP

    • Introduction

    • Skillshare as MVP

    • Keep Your Idea Concise

    • The Importance of Customer Interviews

    • How to Build Your MVP

    • Iterate and Test Your MVP


About This Class

Every entrepreneur has a startup idea they’d like to get off the ground. Good news: Gone are the days when you have to spend millions of dollars to find out if your business idea will succeed or fail.

Whether you're looking to launch a tech startup or open a new restaurant, enroll in this class if you'd like to learn how to quickly validate your ideas.

In this class, I'll share the secrets behind the early success of Skillshare. We spent less than $5,000 to launch Skillshare and ended up raising over $10M. A lot of Skillshare's early success is directly correlated with talking to users, iterating, and moving fast. You'll learn how to:

  • Communicate Your Idea. I'll define what an MVP is by using Skillshare as an example, then I'll discuss how to develop and communicate your idea with others.
  • Conduct Customer Interviews. You'll find the holes you need to plug based on customer interviews.
  • Build Your MVP. You'll define your MVP and begin setting initial goals.
  • Test Your MVP. You'll optimize your MVP and share your plan with your peers.

You’ll leave this class with a finalized Minimum Viable Product and the skills to define a great MVP for any future venture. 

I've taught this class in-person to hundreds of students. Some of my past students have been featured on Mashable, The Next Web, and have started successful companies. Hope to have many more students that are successful!

95% Positive Reviews 434 See All

Clear, concise, and to the point. A good course to take if you're looking for a good overview of what an MVP is and what it's meant to help you do. (Look elsewhere if you're already familiar with the idea and you're looking to dig deeper.)
Great class that's short and to the point. Love the gamification way of looking at things.
Gloria Chiang


Good insight on the steps used in idea validation.





Michael Karnjanaprakorn

CEO of Skillshare

I'm the CEO/co-founder of Skillshare, a learning community for creators. With over 1M enrollments into 1,000+ classes, we're slowly changing the world, one class at a time. 

Previously, I led the product team at Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook), was an early employee at Behance (acquired by Adobe), TED Fellow, and listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

I'm a graduate of the University of Virginia and VCU Brandcenter. I currently live in the East Village, New York City.