2Have a passionate purpose 1405 3Be a better listener than the competition 1400 4Seek out spikes of talent 1400 6Better do 1 thing well than 10 things poorly 1394 7Practice rapid prototyping 1390 8Be a ferocious learner 1388 10Build a bi-directional network, balancing taking with giving. 1372 12Think and act like you have nothing to lose 1354 13Better make a decision than no decision 1351 15Put your ideas down on paper! And create a structured businessplan. 1343 16Print out the homepage of your competitors or similar businesses. Make notes on it about what you like/dislike. Add to your business plan. 1333 17Create a dedicated work schedule for your startup. Create a timeline. 1333 18Think big, start small 1333 19Create a plan for SEO/SEM, including a social networking plan. Implement immediately. This is the foundation of modern business. 1332 20Set 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? 1332 21Don’t just talk about your ideas, execute them. 1331 22Don’t take venture capital too soon, take it if you really need it 1331 23Bring your own money 1331 24Register your business and trademarks/patents appropriately. 1331 25Do not shell out one cent until you have more money than time. Otherwise, do it yourself. 1330 26Money from customers is better than money from investors. 1330 27Create a list of contacts related to your startup including weblink, contact name, email, and number. 1327 28Have an exit strategy for your startup. You are always angling towards the right exit, and not get stuck. 1327 29Have crystal clear for yourself what your startup is doing in two years including where & with whom. 1326 30Know your customers, talk with them. 1326 31Stay away from vampires and Zombies. These are people who sell services by making false stories. 1325 32Make sure your business is scalable. Can you handle rapid growth, short sales cycle, or stagnation? How does this affect your expense/costs? 1325 33Co-work with likeminded folks. 1323 34Start with the end in mind, act like you would if you had reached your goal. 1321 35Bring your own money 1320 36Know the market. Try being a customer. 274
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