Questions Are The Start of Startup

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      photo by charles chan   Startup Questions. Questions Are The Start Of Startup            The startup journey begins with discovery and quickly moves into business modeling. In the early stages of business modeling there are only questions, or so it seems.                 Each question calls us further and further into understanding. Businesses are built on…

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Simple Startup Tools

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So you want to launch a startup. Let’s practice a few simple startup basics…

First thing to remember is that startup is like grief it’s not linear it’s circular and you don’t proceed from one phase to the next but rather you go around and around…

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Startup Tip #4 Listen To Hugh; Unleash The Entrepreneur Within!

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Unleash the entrepreneur within.  I love this social object by McLeod that illustrates tip number 4 perfectly. We can get all technical, review business models, competitive landscape’s, develop the best teams but none of that matters if the entrepreneur is not unleashing his or her very best.  = We were all born creators- co-creators. Creative…

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Startup Tip #3: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

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Startup Tip #3 Face it. In start-up you are doing new things. Many of which you’ve never done before. You can’t possibly know what you don’t know, especially if you’ve never travelled the road before.Blind spots. False Assumptions. Denial. Ignorance. Inflexibility and a lack of awareness can kill a startup. Don’t let it kill yours….

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Startup Tip #2: Market Validation vs Proof Of Concept

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OF course it has to work. The new question is do you have market validation? Are there willing buyers prior to launch? What’s the proof? Do you have contracts? Letters of intent? Can you develop it strategically in unison with another player? Did you do the alpha inside of a potential client who will place…

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So You Want To Start A New Business: 20 Dos, 20 Don’ts

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So I’ve been busy . Seems  more and more people are deciding it’s time to start a new business, or put their existing one in to high gear.   In the spirit of  small business, I’m going to commit the next 20 posts to how to start a business. I will share as many of my…

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Premature Launch; Venture Suicide

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photo by Shonk Premature Launch: Venture Suicide So what’s premature launch got to do with it? Premature Launch; the act of going to market without adequate capital, key business knowledge, resources, partners,  and or contracts necessary for the business to have a better than AVERAGE chance of succeeding! Premature launch causes a variety of issues…

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The Trouble With Us Entrepreneurs…Leaders

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Almost all my friends are entrepreneurs, leaders or creative ragmuffins.  I hang with people who create and grow things because they can NOT, not create. I teach, muse, consult, confront, coach and encourage leaders, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in training…And of course, I have the disease myself… So I know what the trouble with us entrpreneurs …

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Don’t Hang Curtains Before You Frame The Walls

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So you’re building something. photo  By TinCan Studio In the middle of     creating something important.  Photo byBy superhua And you’re more than ready to be there, DONE, aRRIVED. Finished.photo By Wildcat Dunny So lately you’ve been cheating father (why do we think it’s a man?) time a bit, have you? You’ve crossed off tasks and forgone  checks…

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