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Why do a startup?

Because you’re frustrated with some problem or inefficiency and you think you know how to solve it.  You see other people suffering and it pains you.  You need to solve it.  And you need to solve it now.

Too many people are into the “startup thing” for the wrong reasons.  Money, power, impact, influence, social status, ‘coolness’, etc.  Focus on the problems, solve it, and all those ‘other’ things will come. If you’re in it for the wrong reasons, you’ll find yourself (and your team) burning out very quickly.


Forget about the money.  If you’re solving the right problems well, that will come.  Hopefully.

2 responses to “Why do a startup?

  1. Michael Marlatt December 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    One of my all-time FAVORITE videos courtesy of Guy Kawasaki… very inspirational for anyone seeking to understand the basics of the “start-up”.


    Michael Marlatt

  2. chat05 December 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    preach it :)

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