Launching a tech startup for the first time is a daunting undertaking. There is so much to learn! However, it is a well-trodden path and the knowledge and processes are out there to guide the new founder. A combination of a problem solving mind, a good team (or friends to begin with), a lot of time and just a little capital are an excellent start and will get you a long way, but here are just five of the ways to fast-track to a successful launch;
Startup Academies – There are many academies for startups, mainly in the main startup hotspots. Some of them make a modest charge, others like Dreamstake Academy, are free to attend. It is a great way to learn the ropes from experts in subjects like business development solutions, product development, business modelling, business plans, legal and accounting.
Forums – Share a question on a forum and you will find that other entrepreneurs will be happy to share their experience with you.
Mentors and investors – They say that if you want investment, ask for advice. If you want advice ask for investment! I wouldn’t advise the later but investors and mentors are a great source of advice and early discussions with them can build relationships that later bring funding.
Libraries – The larger business libraries are often the best centralised resource for market research. The British Library – Business and IP Centre provides a great free service to entrepreneurs
Other founders – There is nothing better than talking to someone who has been there and done it before. It is extremely useful to study the successes and failures of other internet entrepreneurs. It is especially useful to learn from mistakes. Attend events such as Startup Stories to hear of experiences first-hand.
Remember that doing a startup is a journey with a series of logical steps and the critical success factors are well defined. They can therefore be learned. Too many startup founders try to re-invent the wheel rather than focus on launching their own venture using tried and tested methodologies. Don’t be afraid to ask, there are always others willing to offer advice.