The Art of the Start
You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want or solve a real problem and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed.
Over the years, the startup eco system has matured a lot. Today’s entrepreneurs’ have access to plethora of research data and proven models to follow, which was not the case few years ago. This lesson brings you the benefit of collective wisdom from the startup eco system.
by Tarun Mitra
1 year, 11 months ago
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It all starts with an insight leading to an Idea. To win you must choose your Idea insightfully. There are several considerations like tackle a small but really growing space, find insight in bizarre behavior, don’t make waves, and be unwilling to do anything else. The attached article will sensitize with some techniques that will help to turn an insight into a scalable startup idea.
Tomorrow hundreds will meet up for Startup School, YC's annual event for gutsy hackers ...
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The world is moving very fast. Startup is about evolving, you can not really plan everything. You need to try, test, tweak and keep doing it all over again as you evolve. The biggest mistake a startup makes is the attempt at perfection. An excellent resource, if you are a startup watch it once a month. Remember, startup is journey not a destination.
Please see http://www.streamliner.co/s/vVKia/mark-zuckerberg-at-startup-school-2011 for a Streamlined version of this ...
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Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki is the author of ten books including The Art of the Start.
From Garage Technology resource section www.garage.com Guy Kawasaki's Lecture Series
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Screw up more often, screw ahead of everybody else and learn as much and make subsequent investments. Incredible mindset of this very successful capitalist.
The Venture Capitalist on 'The Black Swan Thesis of Energy Transformation.'
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Joe Stump was the Lead Architect of Digg. For the last 10 years he’s specialized in building highly scalable LAMP solutions. Joe Co-founded Sprintly, Attachmentsme and Simplegeo. In this presentation, Joe shares his experiences
Choosing your technology stack is one of many decisions you’ll have to make when ...
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You have to learn to do everything yourself. If you have to choose between speed and perfection choose speed perfection will follow. Live the space you are in day in day out.
When Sunil Bharti Mittal started in business more than 30 years ago in Ludhiana in ...
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Mashes is a marketer, investor, writer and traveller. Founder of digital brand management firm Pinstorm. Venture capitalist and co-founder of Seedfund. Seed fund is one of the very few seed stage VC in India.
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Many of the most successful technology enterprises were launched as products, observes Marc Andreessen, serial entrepreneur, including Facebook, Twitter, and others. He states that tools created this way are based purely on market demand, making these applications much more compelling. To the contrary, companies that establish themselves first and then work to craft an application have their achievements, but they are more likely to plummet into failure. Entrepreneurs approaching from this angle can too often fool themselves into believing they have a tool of value.
The Business Insider presents Innovation: a series of interviews with today's most innovative business ...
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Early in a startup, product decisions should be hunch driven. Later on, product decisions should be data driven. Hunches come from being a power user of the products in your category and from having a long standing obsession about the problem you are solving.
10 STEPS TOPRODUCT/MARKET FIT hashtag: #startupfest ASH MAURYA @ashmaurya http://www.ashmaurya.com
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Seed fund is very under served market. Raising your first cheque is the most difficult part. The days of raising money based on team credentials and ideas are over. The investors evaluates proposals on data points and traction.
Sasha Mirchandani is spearheading the Mumbai Angel Network, seed investing in Startups and helping the ...
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There are plenty of ways to get in contact with investors, but the absolute best way is to have them seek you out. Most entrepreneurs don’t consider this possibility because they don’t know how to make it happen. In Ford Harding’s excellent book Rain Making: Attract New Clients No Matter What Your Field, he describes multiple ways to attract positive attention and buzz about oneself and one’s company. While the book primarily focuses on sales techniques (which might be useful for a startup, don’t you think?), the same methods can be applied to attracting investors.
On April 7, 2009, Bill Hunt gave his overview on the keys to success in ...
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Owners and managers of early-stage growing companies often have mixed views toward the venture capital industry. On one hand, they welcome the money and management support they desperately need for growth, but fear the loss of control and various restrictions that are typically placed on the company by the investment documents. In order to achieve the delicate balance between the needs of the venture capitalist and the needs of the company, business owners and managers must understand the process of obtaining venture capital financing
Jonas and G discuss a recent blog posting about levers for determining a valuation for ...
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Entrepreneurs need to put a value on their startups in order to raise money, and investors need to put a value on their investments to generate liquidity. Since neither entrepreneurs nor investors are known for right-brain artistic thinking, this resource aims to provide some tips for left-brain thinkers to make sense of startup valuation.
How much is your start-up worth? How much capital can you raise? How much equity ...
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Everyone can't make money by selling advertisement, you have to monetize around your core value proposition. The the win is in the execution. Some good advise fron Sean Parker, The Picasso Of Business
Forbes listens in as Facebook's founding president Sean Parker advises a young CEO on ...
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Most successful startups are unique, one of a kind, at a certain point in time, non-repeatable events. If it was easy or obvious everyone would have already done it, or just copy what has already been successful.
Boost the success chances of your start-up by understanding Business Model Generation and Customer Development ...
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Naval runs a network that connects startups with angel investors. Angel List. It is good for entrepreneurs to check their pulse on their journey. It is helpful to listen to Naval’s meaningful opinions and introspect. I don’t really agree with his opinion that ‘eventually every company has to move to silicon valley when they grow big.
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What you see is that founders of successful companies are able to find weaknesses in their plan/team/idea early and then crush the weaknesses.
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Vinod talks about how he pitched Sun Microsystem to investors about 25 years ago. Vinod started Sun with his cofounders Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim, and Bil Joy. According to Vinod, a short and simple business plan of about six pages is all you need.
Read more at: High-profile VC shares the virtues of a short and sweet business plan ...
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If you’re preparing a pitch, be sure to check out Canaan’s Entrepreneur Pitchbook. Without a doubt, if you pitch strangers you should have very, very, very low expectations. Getting referrals is possible. It takes work and time, but it also shows a capacity for doing what it takes to succeed.
This workbook-style presentation gives entrepreneurs just the information they need to give a successful pitch ...
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Carve your own path. Definitely the way to go! You can read Richard Branson's book, but you have to do what it takes for you to become an entrepreneur.
Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore talks with passion, conviction and frankness about being an ...
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Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and investor. In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. In 2002 he described a simple statistical spam filter that inspired a new generation of filters. In 2005 he was one of the founders of Y Combinator. He and Robert Morris are currently working on a new Lisp dialect called Arc. Any startup story is not over without a mention about Paul
Paul Graham, founder of YCombinator, speaks at Startup School 08 about how to create a ...
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1. What's The Insight? What's The Idea?
2. Biggest risk is not taking a risk
3. Guy Kawasaki on Startup
4. The Black Swan Thesis
5. Are you ready yet?
6. Do things that has not been done before
7. Be eco friendly with money
8. The theory of Demand
9. Do the TG want it yesterday?
10. Startup funding in India
11. Get investors high on your buzz
12. The Term Sheet
13. What is your worth?
14. Vision, Team, Market size and approach
15. Business Models and Customers
16. Learning from Naval
17. Drew Houston story
18. Pitch it right
19. What the investor want to know
20. Do your own thing
21. The Guru and Mentor
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