Brainstorming startup ideas

>> Friday, January 08, 2010

Interesting posto. 7 key points to guide a discussion about a new startup idea.

"One of my favorite exercises is brainstorming startup ideas with other entrepreneurs. You can gain a lot of value from a fresh perspective. When “pitched an idea” for brainstorming or feedback I tend to go through the same 7 key points and questions each time. That tends to spur strong discussion, new ideas and new opportunities."

7 Key Points for Brainstorming Startup Ideas
By Ben Yoskovitz, Instigator Blog

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Follow-up can make your startup

Good point a very usefull advice. Do follow-up or you'll be reminded as the guy that doesn't follow-up (and your idea or company will be forgotten).

"I was with IBM in the early PC days when Bill worked with us to provide PC DOS and other software. He was relentless in his focus on getting a project done, and he always assigned himself the toughest tasks. At the same time, he was always pushing the limits of our business relationship with new ideas.
That’s the bar you should aspire to. I can think of several related aspects of starting and running a business where follow-up, or lack of it, can make or break your startup.
Everyone likes to be pursued, rather than the pursuer. There’s a reason that many people say that the fortune is in the follow up. When you follow up properly with people, your reputation will benefit, your business will benefit, and eventually your pocketbook will benefit as well."

Without Follow-up, a Startup Never Starts
By Martin Zwilling, Startup Professionals Musings

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Business Soul

Great post. People do business with other people; a business without a soul can't do that.
Worth reading.

"Does your business seek to be helpful? Do you wake up thinking, “How can I do something that will improve the experience of others?” Will people say they’re better off with your business around than not?
Business doesn’t have to have a soul. It truly doesn’t. But should you want to be passionate about what you do, either as an employee or as the owner, you might consider this question more closely. The purpose of any business, at some level, is revenue. If not, then it’s not really a business. It’s a pursuit, a hobby, a passion, a charity, or something other than a business. But seeking revenue doesn’t preclude having a soul, so let’s banish that thought."

Soul of a New Business
By Chris Brogan,

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