background preloader

How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup
March 2005 (This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.) You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, 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. And that's kind of exciting, when you think about it, because all three are doable. If there is one message I'd like to get across about startups, that's it. The Idea In particular, you don't need a brilliant idea to start a startup around. Google's plan, for example, was simply to create a search site that didn't suck. There are plenty of other areas that are just as backward as search was before Google. For example, dating sites currently suck far worse than search did before Google. An idea for a startup, however, is only a beginning. What matters is not ideas, but the people who have them. People What do I mean by good people?

Related:  TrinityIdeas & Negocios

Where does Microsoft make money? (Updated 2012) - Tanner Helland (dot) Com THIS INFORMATION IS OUTDATED. Click here to see the updated 2013 report. As in past years, all information in this report is taken from Microsoft’s publicly available 2012 10-K filing. Numbers may vary from past reports. When Microsoft moves products between revenue categories, they retroactively adjust the totals for past years so that year-to-year comparisons are accurate. This article uses 2010 and 2011 values as calculated in the 2012 report. 25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online - Virtual Education Websites Just because you’re online doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the world first-hand — or as close to first-hand as possible. Here are websites that feature virtual learning experiences, exposing online visitors to everything from history to geography, astronomy to anatomy, literature to government. 7 Wonders Panoramas – 360-degree views of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Phase four: Launch the product - May. 24, 2006 Now that the testing is done and the product has been refined, you need to find paying customers. So stop fiddling and start selling! The testing is done, the product has been refined, and it's almost ready for release. Now you need to find paying customers, which means it's time to reassess your staffing needs. A rule of thumb is that a company should have about 20 employees at the time of launch, with roughly 60 percent of its headcount devoted to product development and engineering and the rest focusing on management, sales, and marketing. Ideally, this is just the first of many launches to come.

Mind Maps - Mind Mapping Training from MindTools A Powerful Approach to Note-Taking (Also known as Mind Mapping, Concept Mapping, Spray Diagrams, and Spider Diagrams) "Mind Map" is a trademark of the Buzan Organization (see We have no association with this organization. The First Company To Build Your Identity Into Your Phone Wins The Next Decade Editor’s note: Rebekah Cox is a product designer at Quora and previously a product design lead at Facebook. This post is a followup to a recent tweet, and first appeared on Quora. It’s important to understand what identity isn’t: Identity is not a password, it’s not root access, it’s not your calendar, it’s not your email, it’s not a technical achievement, it’s not your location, it’s not a user account in a system, it’s not your contacts and it’s not a feature. So, what is identity?

The Other Road Ahead September 2001 (This article explains why much of the next generation of software may be server-based, what that will mean for programmers, and why this new kind of software is a great opportunity for startups. It's derived from a talk at BBN Labs.) A Guide to Starting Your Business Introduction Making your own decisions. Doing something you love. Spending more time with the family. Participating in the American dream. The Essential Startup Reader: 10 Lessons in Entrepreneurship As a blogger, I spend most of my time writing. But it’s time spent reading that’s most satisfying. Here’s a short (and by no means a complete) list of 10 articles that encapsulate the art of the startup. Most were published during 2009, and I found them educational and full of practical tips that we’ve applied to our business.

Product life-cycle management (marketing) Product life-cycle management (or PLCM) is the succession of strategies used by business management as a product goes through its life-cycle. The conditions in which a product is sold (advertising, saturation) changes over time and must be managed as it moves through its succession of stages. The goals of Product Life Cycle (PLC) management are to reduce time to market, improve product quality, reduce prototyping costs, identify potential sales opportunities and revenue contributions, and reduce environmental impacts at end-of-life. To create successful new products the company must understand its customers, markets and competitors.[citation needed]

Has email become a distraction to the point that it causes a loss in productivity? If you review email as it arrives in your inbox, you are lowering your productivity. Email can be as much of a distraction or lure as YouTube or online shopping for many employees. Email as a medium of communication has leaped from purely business to a social communication vehicle. Corporations must deal with excessive amounts of spam, personal and business related e-mail that all directly impact employee productivity. A study found that ”nearly a quarter of all corporate e-mail is personal in nature“. Frequently checking new email messages breaks concentration, changes focus, and elevate new e-mail messages to the highest priority task regardless of what is, or should be, the actual highest priority task.

Great Hackers July 2004 (This essay is derived from a talk at Oscon 2004.) A few months ago I finished a new book, and in reviews I keep noticing words like "provocative'' and "controversial.'' To say nothing of "idiotic.'' I didn't mean to make the book controversial. I was trying to make it efficient. Phase one: Establish a company - May. 24, 2006 Test your idea, build a team and get a business plan together. Your role as a spectator who merely watches as other adventurous souls launch their own startups is about to end. The decisions you make at this early stage of the game will do much to shape the long-term destiny of your venture. The tools you'll need to make a go of it include a whiteboard for brainstorming, a cellphone with loads of minutes, a new credit card and some simple accounting software, like Intuit's QuickBooks. Most important, don't procrastinate. If you don't act on your burst of business insight, someone else surely will.

Work From Home Tips From Lifehacker [Link Round-Up] Photo via HockeyBrad Do you work from home? How’s that working out for you?

Related:  BusinessGuide Through EntrepreneurshipReadNowBusinessideas utilesEntrepreneurshipBusinessBUSINESS PLANNINGseed funding8020center