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Start Ups: What it takes to “take off”

A Startup first success is to be born

 A Startup first success is to be born!

I had/have the privilege to contribute the amazing growth Google had in the last ~7 years and, in particular, the growth of Google Enterprise. On top of my regular work I am a mentor @Campus London and this has been an enriching experience. After meeting many startups there are simple things that they need to consider before they successfully take off.

  • The secret for their success is not intrinsically related to quality if their idea(s):

People are usually very protected of their ideas (and of course that’s ok, it’s their “baby”) but they tend to forget that in many cases a similar idea is already there but it never took off. Its all about execution. Great ideas are wasted every day at lunch time. Learning where others failed and understanding the environment where you fit is step 1!

  • Commitment is important but by itself it is also not enough.

Yes, be committed and dedicate yourself as much time as possible to your startup. Depending on witch stage you are you will also need to commit yourself financially (otherwise how can you expect others to do so?). Said that, you will need perseverance and to be mentally strong (very strong). Be ready to listen many times the word “NO” until you hear a “YES”. People that you talk to might disagree with your business plan. If they are not a interested party, listen carefully as they might be giving you another angle that you should not disregard.

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Sayings by Computer Engineers

Last week I met a few colleagues in Zurich that are renowned computer engineers some of them are in my opinion associated with the history of computers itself, both on the infrastructure and on the front end side of products and I got really good advises and sayings from them and I decide to add my own as well.

  • Complicated things usually fail in complicated ways. Start from the obvious although… the saying usually prevails.
  • If it is complicated… explain it in a very simple way like if your audience is 5 years old but in a rush.
  • Don’t be afraid of small projects and share small ideas. They sometimes are small but they can mean something and become great ideas!
  • Please… when you have a simple project to implement do not make it hard to understand just to ‘look good’. People buy it once but it wont look good a second time.
  • Ideas…ideas…ideas… They are the future of this business and don’t be afraid of your creativity. Phrase it well and go for it!

Believe in your ideas…