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Going from Idea to Prototype

How can you know that people will use a new software idea before you have built it? Josh Wexler, CEO of the Occom Group, will share the process that they use to help anyone (technical or not) validate new software ideas before they are coded. He will tell the story of how a first time entrepreneur went from an idea to a fully functioning prototype that he then used to test with potential customers in about 2 days. Josh will discuss how this process drives clarity among a team and reduces the technical and overall risk of a project.


Josh Wexler is an expert on early stage software innovation, prototyping and lean methodologies. He co-founded and leads the Occom Group, a firm offering software ideation as a service. Josh also teaches prototyping at Harvard, New York University and The Gateway School for children with learning disabilities. He is the co-organizer of NY Intrapreneur: Innovation in the Enterprise.

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  • Erik J.

    Great, informative and entertaining.

    September 12, 2013

  • Joshua W.

    Hi All,
    Thanks for coming last night! Here are the tools that i mentioned:

    For inspiration:

    Paper prototyping scanner:

    Paper prototyping app for phone:

    For documentation:

    Jack Dorsey Video on User Narratives:

    Raphi's demo video he made with the prototype:

    Prototyping tools we use:

    We will be posting the slides and an audio version of the talk on our site: so please check back there every so often for good information.

    3 · September 11, 2013

  • Rodrigo Pineda I.

    Great meetup - great people

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Dmitry C.

    Thank you for the presentation Josh!
    Could you please share names of tools that you mentioned during presentation?

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a very good learning experience. The workshop for us to also do the mocks really helped drive the concept.

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Karan K.

    Great presentation! Their system offers a lot of neat yet simplstic ideas put together in the correct choronological order, to yield a porwerful method that can really get the ball rolling on ideas without any overhead. Thanks for sharing.

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Johan B.

    Excellent presentation. Left wanting more. Thanks

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Jon J.

    Excellent presentation, Josh. The hands-on and interactive approach to prototyping was fun and instructive. Thank you for the presentation.

    September 10, 2013

  • Danijela D.

    are you planning to video record this one?

    September 10, 2013

    • Terrence M.

      Hi Danijela, we will not be recording this one. Hope you can make it in person!

      September 10, 2013

  • Shanthosh Kumar K.

    Interested to learn and implement it

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Lori M.

    Hi All - I hope you are excited for next week's event. If you haven't already, please RSVP. We hope to see you there!

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Karan K.

    Sounds interesting...

    1 · August 31, 2013

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