Sculpt Startup. Start

    New 2015 year. Monday. It's time to start a new startup life from scratch. After reading a little more than all the articles about how to start it, one thing is clear - nothing is clear. Paul Graham (co-founder of Y Combinator), for example, believes that startups are illogical and that everything should be done not at all as one wants. How to do it? To do this, you can either get into a cool incubator or have a good mentor or ... try to cut your project, while taking online courses from the best universities in the world. Since January 2015, 2 excellent courses have begun (repeated):
    Technology Entrepreneurship , from Stanford University Online
    Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer? from edx (MIT, Harvard)
    Is it possible to blind a startup from scratch only with the help of online courses and interest?

    Course Descriptions

    Technology Entrepreneurship , from Stanford University Online

    The course has already been mentioned Habré . And it seems that he has already given the right impetus to students. It focuses mainly on practical aspects. In fact, you can create a startup following the course - it’s described perfectly how to draw up a business plan, how to advertise a product, just right during the course you can form a team of students, describe an idea, get a feedback, compare your product with others. Officially begins tomorrow (January 6), but the first video and assignment are already available. I tried to take a little from the second part of the course, but it is not so interesting how to start all over again. I liked the course very much, namely its reality, practicality, and the social component.

    Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer? from edx (MIT, Harvard)

    I got the news that Amazon is giving $ 1,000 to its services for successful completion. It is also focused mainly on a practical perspective and more on real cases about users / clients.

    So, what do we need to create a project from the very beginning?
    • Idea
    • Command
    • Motivation
    • Resources

    And will there be enough online courses to do this?


    If you ask Paul Graham again what the idea should be, it can be briefly described as:
    • you do something you need
    • you can do it from scratch
    • only some are interested

    I am sure that most people had many moments when they lacked a simple and clear service, an application on a smartphone or anything. I'm not talking about a robot control portal on Mars, but rather something like facemash - a primitive but interesting web site with a soul. Yes, even Mark Zuckerberg started with this, pierced it, gained experience and only then created a serious product. Probably, it makes no sense to start with a big and smart idea, you should try to make an interesting product for a specific target audience.
    Regarding point 3 - now in the valley when creating startups they like to focus on hipsters - people who don’t like the mainstream (which everyone likes) and who are willing to experiment. If your product is liked by hipsters - then there is a high probability that it will succeed :)
    Unlike ten years ago, now more and more people think that an idea is worth nothing. There are also many examples where an idea has changed upside down. Grupon was originally something like a kickstarter, Flickr - an RPG, YouTube - a dating site, Twitter - a platform for podcasts ... This does not mean that all startups change the idea, but each approach changes. Over time, we will learn more about customers, opportunities, technologies, and this helps us find our niche. Therefore, starting with what is written on your sticker near the monitor or somewhere in the ToDo-list and improving / changing over time is a great idea.


    Almost all “startup teachers” say that a team is very important. And each of us probably knows with whom exactly he wants to work. On the other hand, in order to try what a startup is, it matters an order of magnitude less. Many interesting projects began with one person. If you really want to do this in a team - take a friend or colleague and offer to just take entrepreneurship courses together. Or even join the team during the course (create your own team and invite someone from the course there).


    For me personally, this item is very complicated. It is often said that if you do something that you really want and important, then you will do it. But I think that you will do this for a maximum of a month (two, three), then you will get tired, as always. It is for this that we need socialization, control of progress, constant criticism / praise. This is what practical courses on entrepreneurship will give us.


    It is unlikely that you will need a lot of money to host a simple site or publish an application to the store. And you can always find a few hours a week in order to satisfy your interest in the world of startups and try to make your project “right”.


    If there is time, strength, interest and the spirit of entrepreneurship - why not create a spherical startup in a vacuum (or at least a parody of it).

    If my undertaking is interesting, I will post the lecture notes, assignment results, and possibly even architecture, ideas, the source code of the project.

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