Thank you for your participation in the survey, especially if you were kind enough to tweet about it. (While the raffle is over, if you haven't responded, the survey is still open.) The purpose of the survey was two-fold.
First, we thought it would be interesting to see a little detail about who is involved with Customer Development. You can see those results here.
While the survey results add a bit of color to who is implementing Customer Development methodologies or thinking about doing Customer Development, I wouldn't draw any hard conclusions from the data. BTW for the those who read 4 Steps to the Epiphany, n ≈ 33. For those who didn't read 4 Steps to the Epiphany, n ≈ 28.
Second, we are thinking about tools, templates, and other resources to help people understand and implement Customer Development in their business ventures. Stay tuned, for in the coming months, we plan to make some of these resources available to you.
When I first started blogging about Customer Development, last February, I felt like there were only a handful of people talking about it. I'm sure that's just a matter of perception. The likes of Sean Ellis, Sean Murphy, Nivi at VentureHacks, Dave McClure, Hiten at KissMetrics, and Eric Ries had already thinking and blogging about it for many months (years?) before.
By March it was clear to me I had stumbled across something that was catching on. It's not insignificant that Twitter had just reached its "tipping point." Customer Development would ride the wave. I first learned the value of Twitter through the promotion of great posts written by start-up superstars, many of which contained elements of customer development. Rich Collins created the Lean Startup Google Group in June and it quickly grew to a couple hundred members. There are now over 1700 members!
All of which leads me to this question, done in full cliche-riddled, end-of-2009, year-in-review regalia: