SSU: Software StartUps (Special Session)
The landscape of software startups is extremely dynamic, unpredictable and even chaotic. The competition is high. About 90% of the startups end up as failure. Success is accidental. To make sense in such a chaotic environment software entrepreneurs need to act quickly, fail fast and in an economic way, and learn from the failure. The emergence of “Lean Startup” methodology has been readily accepted as the natural fit for the needs of software startups. It advocates the creation of rapid prototypes designed to test market assumptions, and uses the feedback to evolve them much faster than before. Lean startup is also associated with lean thinking applied to the entrepreneurial process.
Apart from facilitating technology and methodology, it is also the duty of higher educations such as universities to cultivate entrepreneurship spirits in students. The question is how to effectively teach students software startups and nurture future software entrepreneurs. There is no ready answer yet.
The SSU special session intends to bring together the technological, methodological and educational perspectives on software startups. The aim of this special session is to gather industrial and academic minds together to explore the potentials and synergies underlying these perspectives. As a result of the session, we should have a clearer understanding on how they shape the future of software startups.
To this end, we encourage people who are working on or interested in the area of software startups to submit their original research studies or their first hand experiences regarding the three abovementioned perspectives. Due to the emerging and renascent nature of these topics, conceptual or opinion papers with original insights are also welcome. The topics listed below are only suggestive and serves to solicit more interesting related topics:
The organizers of the special session will invite the best papers to be submitted to an international journal.