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Cum știi că te îndrepți spre un eșec

Pentru că, cel mai probabil, asta faci :)

Unu, de aici, de la un cofondator Achoo – startup întâlnit la competiția Startup Spotlight 2012 (oare câți din cei 32 finaliști au ajuns în același stadiu, între timp?):

The real reason lies in the words non-full time. We, and I should really say I, failed to get to a setup where the team can focus and take lots of shots at the goal. We were 3 people: a designer, a coder and a marketer, all good at what we do. And though we put in lots of hours, too many of them were evening hours away from each other.

All team members had other commitments of various levels, and our thinking was to moonlight until first signs of traction, and then go full time. Sounded good on paper, but this setup slowed us down and mostly working in Skype chats and Google docs limited our creativity. On a different level co-founders are also co-believers and if the team is not there for each other emotionally, you won’t get the 101% output necessary to bring a world-changing idea to life.

Doi, de aici, despre mitul antreprenorului în serie sau cum s-ar putea să ai o singură mega-super-extra tare într-o viață:

They didn’t make it. The company’s gone. I haven’t kept up with him but I assume his wife ensured he followed her advice. Start-ups are tough – no matter how romanticized the VCs and media make it out to be. The VCs and media don’t care who wins and loses because they’ll still have jobs watching from the sidelines.

[..]That’s a very astute, honest, and unexpected comment – especially from a 21 year old. What 21 year old, or 30 year old, or 40 year old, doesn’t still think his or her best and brightest ideas are still ahead of them?

Yet, the tech history records suggest that Zuckerberg’s prediction might be right. He might never have another (or at least equal) good idea to Facebook before he dies. That’s it. He’s tapped out. He’s done. He might as well make Facebook as awesome as he can, because he knows he’ll never get an opportunity like this ever again.

Trei, de aici, despre siteurile de nișă și mediul online românesc:

Cat timp trebuie sa dedici unui site de nisa – o ora-doua? Este o intrebare cel putin naiva care practic defineste o atitudine care nu cred ca e neaparat corecta. O ora-doua dedicate vor face din siteul tau un hobby si de regula hobbyurile nu sunt profitabile – faci un efort pentru a-ti satisface un ego sau o pasiune.

O paralela este cea cu sportul – nu te astepti ca daca joci baschet cu baietii o data sau de doua ori pe saptamana sa si castigi bani din asta, nu? Trebuie sa treci la urmatorul nivel ca sa inceapa sa aiba sens.

Un site tratat ca un business inseamna munca cel putin ca atare, uneori de 24 cu 7 – pasul celor care trec de la hobby la business implica RISCURI care te fac sa te numesti antreprenor.

Middle MenConcluzia? Mai mult timp pierzi lucrând la o idee/un startup part-time timp de 1-2 ani, decât 6 luni full-time. Iar fără timp și muncă nu reușești, căci filme precum „Wall Street”, „The Social Network”, „Middle Men” prezintă prea puțin din ce înseamnă a face o idee să devină profitabilă.

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