2Have a passionate purpose 1365 3Seek out spikes of talent 1360 4Be a better listener than the competition 1356 6Better do 1 thing well than 10 things poorly 1354 7Practice rapid prototyping 1349 8Be a ferocious learner 1347 10Build a bi-directional network, balancing taking with giving. 1330 11Think and act like you have nothing to lose 1317 13Better make a decision than no decision 1314 14Put your ideas down on paper! And create a structured businessplan. 1306 16Think big, start small 1293 17Create a dedicated work schedule for your startup. Create a timeline. 1292 18Have an exit strategy for your startup. You are always angling towards the right exit, and not get stuck. 1291 19Bring your own money 1291 20Money from customers is better than money from investors. 1291 21Print out the homepage of your competitors or similar businesses. Make notes on it about what you like/dislike. Add to your business plan. 1291 22Create a plan for SEO/SEM, including a social networking plan. Implement immediately. This is the foundation of modern business. 1291 23Do not shell out one cent until you have more money than time. Otherwise, do it yourself. 1290 24Don’t take venture capital too soon, take it if you really need it 1289 25Register your business and trademarks/patents appropriately. 1289 26Have crystal clear for yourself what your startup is doing in two years including where & with whom. 1288 27Know your customers, talk with them. 1288 28Don’t just talk about your ideas, execute them. 1288 29Co-work with likeminded folks. 1287 30Create a list of contacts related to your startup including weblink, contact name, email, and number. 1287 31Stay away from vampires and Zombies. These are people who sell services by making false stories. 1286 32Make sure your business is scalable. Can you handle rapid growth, short sales cycle, or stagnation? How does this affect your expense/costs? 1286 33Set 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? 1286 34Bring your own money 1282 35Start with the end in mind, act like you would if you had reached your goal. 1278 36Know the market. Try being a customer. 237
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