2Have a passionate purpose 1388 3Seek out spikes of talent 1386 4Be a better listener than the competition 1383 6Better do 1 thing well than 10 things poorly 1378 7Be a ferocious learner 1374 8Practice rapid prototyping 1374 10Build a bi-directional network, balancing taking with giving. 1357 11Think and act like you have nothing to lose 1342 13Better make a decision than no decision 1337 14Put your ideas down on paper! And create a structured businessplan. 1330 16Create a dedicated work schedule for your startup. Create a timeline. 1317 17Think big, start small 1317 18Money from customers is better than money from investors. 1317 19Print out the homepage of your competitors or similar businesses. Make notes on it about what you like/dislike. Add to your business plan. 1317 20Create a plan for SEO/SEM, including a social networking plan. Implement immediately. This is the foundation of modern business. 1316 21Register your business and trademarks/patents appropriately. 1316 22Don’t take venture capital too soon, take it if you really need it 1315 23Bring your own money 1315 24Do not shell out one cent until you have more money than time. Otherwise, do it yourself. 1314 25Have an exit strategy for your startup. You are always angling towards the right exit, and not get stuck. 1314 26Don’t just talk about your ideas, execute them. 1313 27Create a list of contacts related to your startup including weblink, contact name, email, and number. 1311 28Co-work with likeminded folks. 1311 29Stay away from vampires and Zombies. These are people who sell services by making false stories. 1311 30Make sure your business is scalable. Can you handle rapid growth, short sales cycle, or stagnation? How does this affect your expense/costs? 1311 31Set out success markers. In 6 months, 1 year, 1.5 yrs, 2 years, what is satisfactory success for you. When might you give up your startup? 1311 32Know your customers, talk with them. 1311 33Have crystal clear for yourself what your startup is doing in two years including where & with whom. 1310 34Start with the end in mind, act like you would if you had reached your goal. 1304 35Bring your own money 1303 36Know the market. Try being a customer. 261
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