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Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas

One of the more surprising things I've noticed while working on Y Combinator is how frightening the most ambitious startup ideas are.  In this essay I'm going to demonstrate this phenomenon by describing some.  Any one of them
could make you a billionaire.  That might sound like an attractive prospect, and yet when I describe these ideas you may notice you find yourself shrinking away from them.

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How to Start a Startup

"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."

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Tamás Turcsán's curator insight, January 24, 2013 2:53 AM

2005-ben elhangzott előadás... Paul Graham blogján.

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Ep 2 - Visualizing Your Business Model - YouTube

Visualizing Your Business Model Learn about the business model canvas, a visual tool to craft powerful business models. Presented by Strategyzer Academy -- h...
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How to successfully validate your idea with a Landing Page MVP

How to successfully validate your idea with a Landing Page MVP | FastStart | Scoop.it
Anything can be your Minimum Viable Product, so long as you’re truly focused on validated learning
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All human beings are born as entrepreneurs

All human beings are born as entrepreneurs | FastStart | Scoop.it

"All human beings are born as entrepreneurs. But unfortunately, many of us never had the opportunity to unwrap that part of our life, so it remains hidden.” Dr Muhammad Yunus.

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2013 Tech Trends

"Yes, it’s already that transitional time when our current year ends and another begins, and today and tomorrow are quickly changing hands. Rather than look back at significant trends of the past 366 days, we asked a wide variety of technologists, designers, and strategists across frog’s studios around the world to take a look to the future."

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Visualizing the customer experience using customer experience journey maps | Designing Change

Visualizing the customer experience using customer experience journey maps | Designing Change | FastStart | Scoop.it
Too often when we think of a customer, our view is filtered through the lens of our job, profession, department, or specialty. Think of how patients are treated in most hospitals.
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A Startup Customer Worksheet

A Startup Customer Worksheet | FastStart | Scoop.it
Great marketing is based on a solid understanding of target customers. Here I've shared a customer worksheet that I've used in the past to help me track what is known and not known about my target ...
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10 types of startup that had a breakthrough 2012

10 types of startup that had a breakthrough 2012 | FastStart | Scoop.it
As the year draws to a close, let's take a look at the trends that have proven important in the world of tech startups. Don't forget to take a look at our other lists as we tie 2012 ...
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Crash Dev: Tick tick tick

Crash Dev: Tick tick tick | FastStart | Scoop.it

Every founder has one. That little clock inside your head telling you how much time you have before you run out of runway.

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Using Surveys to Validate Key Startup Decisions

This article describes in detail how to use on-line survey tools to validate your key startup assumptions, and gain actionable insights...

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Name A Startup

I’m often in the process of naming a startup. I decided to do a bit of research on “industry best practices” for this task.
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Start-Up Chile: Attracting Bootstrappers from Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Uganda, Latvia...

Start-Up Chile: Attracting Bootstrappers from Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Uganda, Latvia... | FastStart | Scoop.it
Start-Up Chile is a program created by the Chilean Government that seeks to attract early-phase, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups using Chile as a platform to go global.
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Why Startups Die

Why Startups Die | FastStart | Scoop.it

Startups die due to a variety of causes. Over the course of the last three years, I’ve watched many of my friends pour their hearts and souls into companies that, for one reason or another, just fizzled out of existence.

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Ep 3 - Prototyping - YouTube

Prototyping Avoid falling in love with your first idea, and learn how to prototype multiple business model options. Presented by Strategyzer Academy -- https...
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Ep 1 - Getting From Business Idea to Business Model - YouTube

Getting From Business Idea to Business Model Watch the story of Beth, Carl, and an idea they believed could become a great business. Presented by Strategyzer...
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Pricing Your Product: How to Discover What to Charge in Customer Development

Figuring out what (if anything) or who (if anyone) will pay during Customer Development is very hard. But if you as "What Do You Pay for Now?" and dig deeper into this answer you'll get a lot of in...
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Accelerate Your Customer Development: How to Quickly Get Dozens of Interviews

Accelerate Your Customer Development: How to Quickly Get Dozens of Interviews | FastStart | Scoop.it

Steve Blank teaches entrepreneurs to test business assumptions by conducting dozens of interviews with prospective customers. At first it took me a huge amount of time, but over the years I’ve developed a process to make it easier. I manage a running list of interview candidates, organize my calendar with help from a virtual assistant, and have a well-crafted intro request email. I hope it saves you time as well.

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really good post! thanks
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How to Design a Business

"HOW TO DESIGN A BUSINESS Colin Raney IDEO, Business Design colinraney.com"

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A Value Proposition Worksheet

A Value Proposition Worksheet | FastStart | Scoop.it
Crafting great value propositions is a critical marketing job but creating them isn't easy. This template helps capture the necessary inputs and assumptions.
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Cheap Tech And Offices Mean Startups Need Less Funding [Infographic] - ReadWriteWeb

Cheap Tech And Offices Mean Startups Need Less Funding [Infographic] - ReadWriteWeb | FastStart | Scoop.it

Cheap Tech And Offices Mean Startups Need Less Funding [Infographic]

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3 Reasons to Master the Art of Storytelling

3 Reasons to Master the Art of Storytelling | FastStart | Scoop.it
Most entrepreneurs don't realize the art of storytelling can help you succeed in the start-up world.
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Pop Quiz: Is Your Business Scalable?

Pop Quiz: Is Your Business Scalable? | FastStart | Scoop.it
Do you know how to determine if your business has exponential economic potential even if you are currently unprofitable or still growing? Here's how.
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Before naming your startup, read this.

Before naming your startup, read this. | FastStart | Scoop.it

I’ve learned a lot from the development of NameLayer, and I’m ready to divulge every trick in my arsenal. In this guide, I provide realistic solutions to the frustrations encountered ...

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Five Tools for Naming a Startup

Five Tools for Naming a Startup | FastStart | Scoop.it
Stuck on what you should call your new business? Here are five ways to ease the creative process.
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The new era of startups focused on design

The new era of startups focused on design | FastStart | Scoop.it
Startups that are focused on design are emerging as the web and mobile industry's most successful companies. What does it take to make a commitment to design? Mike McCue, Flipboard's co-founder and CEO has some ideas.
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Why Startups Fail: An Analysis of Post-Mortems

Why Startups Fail: An Analysis of Post-Mortems | FastStart | Scoop.it

We’ve previously highlighted the top startup failure post-mortems (32 in total) written by a group of startup entrepreneurs gracious enough to share their lessons learned from failure.  Many of you read those post-mortems and asked, what are the most common reasons why these startups failed? After a thorough analysis of those 32 start-up post-mortems, we compiled this list of the top 20 causes of startup failure.

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