2Have a passionate purpose 1340 3Seek out spikes of talent 1335 4Better do 1 thing well than 10 things poorly 1331 6Be a better listener than the competition 1328 7Be a ferocious learner 1323 8Practice rapid prototyping 1322 10Build a bi-directional network, balancing taking with giving. 1302 12Think and act like you have nothing to lose 1290 13Better make a decision than no decision 1286 14Put your ideas down on paper! And create a structured businessplan. 1279 16Create a plan for SEO/SEM, including a social networking plan. Implement immediately. This is the foundation of modern business. 1268 17Think big, start small 1268 18Have an exit strategy for your startup. You are always angling towards the right exit, and not get stuck. 1267 19Create a dedicated work schedule for your startup. Create a timeline. 1264 20Do not shell out one cent until you have more money than time. Otherwise, do it yourself. 1264 21Don’t take venture capital too soon, take it if you really need it 1264 22Bring your own money 1264 23Register your business and trademarks/patents appropriately. 1264 24Money from customers is better than money from investors. 1264 25Print out the homepage of your competitors or similar businesses. Make notes on it about what you like/dislike. Add to your business plan. 1264 26Create a list of contacts related to your startup including weblink, contact name, email, and number. 1263 27Co-work with likeminded folks. 1262 28Have crystal clear for yourself what your startup is doing in two years including where & with whom. 1262 29Set 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? 1262 30Know your customers, talk with them. 1262 31Bring your own money 1261 32Don’t just talk about your ideas, execute them. 1261 33Stay away from vampires and Zombies. These are people who sell services by making false stories. 1260 34Make sure your business is scalable. Can you handle rapid growth, short sales cycle, or stagnation? How does this affect your expense/costs? 1260 35Start with the end in mind, act like you would if you had reached your goal. 1250 36Know the market. Try being a customer. 212
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