Airbnb wasn't always a hugely successful company. Initially, it didn't even have a fully functioning website! In fact, today's modern Airbnb website has almost nothing in common with its initial version. However, this very first version is usually considered one of the classic examples of a Minimum Viable Product.
Dropbox is among the most famous examples of companies growing with lean startup principles. However, it approached MVPs differently from those described above, and it is an outstanding example of a minimal viable product. Why? Because the company has showcased its MVPs only with a video!
Linkedin's MVP was launched in May 2003. Its primary features included user-profiles and search capabilities. In the beginning, you could only send requests to someone if you knew their email address, which is still an optional feature today. The design of the website left much to be desired. But it was enough to test the idea.
Before launching the app for scheduling social media posts, Buffer launched a series of landing pages. The first landing page asked people to submit their email if they wanted to know about the plans and pricing of the product.
Uber is considered one of the most incredible startups of recent times, but they started with an MVP. When the founders of Uber – Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick- felt the cab rates in San Francisco were really high, they looked for an alternative and came up with the idea of the Uber ride-hailing app.