Escaping the black hole - John Biggs

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Escaping the black hole - John Biggs

  1. 1. Escaping The Black Hole
  2. 2. Who Am I? • East Coast Editor Of TechCrunch • john@techcrunch.com • @johnbiggs • http://jdbny.me/startup
  3. 3. Who Am I? • Exhausted • Jaded • Annoyed • Charming (mostly) • I like to help the little guy
  4. 4. Three Types Of Founders • Hard core • Strivers • Everyone else
  5. 5. Hard Core • Will kill and eat you • Lots of friends in the valley • Works smarter, not harder • Lots of their ideas are ridiculous • They get lots of funding
  6. 6. The Striver • Won't stop networking • Is convinced of success • Won't pay developers • Won't pay anyone • The idea is a permutation of something
  7. 7. You
  8. 8. Everyone Else • Solid ideas that fill a need • Funding is hard to find • Plenty of sharks ready to bite • With enough perseverance you can make it
  9. 9. A Quick Word About Incubators
  10. 10. There Is Hope
  11. 11. Super Secret Three Step Plan
  12. 12. What I See • Poorly written pitches • "Do Everything" Founders • Ideas That Have Promise But Are Poorly Executed
  13. 13. Step 1. Polish
  14. 14. Step 2. Write Your Story Write Your Story
  15. 15. Step 3. Figure Out Who To Tell It To To Tell It To To Tell It To
  16. 16. Step 4. Find The Next Story To Tell Next Story To Tell Next Story To Tell
  17. 17. Making It In The Valley Incorporate in the US Kickstart something Hire a local partner Just go and live there Network
  18. 18. Success Is A Journey, Not A Destination
  19. 19. Merely Existing Is A Triumph
  20. 20. You Can Get Out Of The Black Hole
  21. 21. Tips • Fire all your engines • Get a new engineering crew • Get into a new ship
  22. 22. Thanks @johnbiggs

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