Ideas for Startups that Every Entrepreneur Should Read
How do you get good ideas for startups? That’s probably the number one question people ask me.
I’d like to reply with another question: why do people think it’s hard to come up with ideas for startups?
That might seem a stupid thing to ask. Why do they think it’s hard? If people can’t do it, then it is hard, at least for them. Right?
Well, maybe not. What people usually say is not that they can’t think of ideas, but that they don’t have any. That’s not quite the same thing. It could be the reason they don’t have any is that they haven’t tried to generate them.
I think this is often the case. I think people believe that coming up with ideas for startups is very hard– that it must be very hard– and so they don’t try do to it. They assume ideas are like miracles: they either pop into your head or they don’t.
(This essay is derived from a talk at the 2005 Startup School by Paul Graham.)
Full Essay: http://paulgraham.com/ideas.html
How to Start a Startup
(This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society. It’s not meant to be complete; I skipped some topics I’ve already written about in "How to Make Wealth," in Hackers & Painters.)
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. Hard, but doable. And since a startup that succeeds ordinarily makes its founders rich, that implies getting rich is doable too. Hard, but doable.
If there is one message I’d like to get across about startups, that’s it. There is no magically difficult step that requires brilliance to solve.
By Paul Graham
Full Essay: http://paulgraham.com/start.html
Sorry, we couldn't find any posts. Please try a different search.