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A few lessons from 4 startups

  1. 1. A Few Lessons from 4 Startups<br />DoraiThodla<br />Twitter: dorait<br />dorait@gmail.com<br />
  2. 2. When You Step Out Of College<br />
  3. 3. Expect the <br />Unexpected<br />
  4. 4. Innovate <br />Interactions<br />
  5. 5. Experiment with <br />Ideas<br />
  6. 6. Some Reflections On What Helped<br />
  7. 7. Expertise helps<br />Establish Credibility<br />
  8. 8. The Best Money<br />Comes from Customers<br />
  9. 9. When You Build Products<br />You Get Service Business<br />
  10. 10. When You Build Services<br />You Get Product Ideas<br />
  11. 11. Fun Is As Important<br />As Making Money<br />
  12. 12. What a Startup Does To You<br />
  13. 13. Accelerates <br />Learning<br />
  14. 14. Makes You<br />T-Shaped<br />
  15. 15. Makes You Work OnStuff That Matters<br />
  16. 16. Questions! Questions!<br /><ul><li>Funded or Bootstrapped?
  17. 17. Local or Global?
  18. 18. Products or Services?
  19. 19. Give it Away or Charge for it?
  20. 20. Breadth or Depth?
  21. 21. Low-end or high-end?
  22. 22. Use a platform? Or Be a platform?
  23. 23. Tools or Applications?
  24. 24. Improve Existing Product or Build New Product?
  25. 25. Incremental Innovation or Radical Innovation?
  26. 26. Established categories or New Categories?
  27. 27. Do I scratch my own itch or find a few people with itches?
  28. 28. Small or Big?
  29. 29. Direct Sales or through internet?</li></li></ul><li>And More Questions <br /><ul><li>What is the business model?
  30. 30. How does the world know we exist?
  31. 31. How do we keep up with information?
  32. 32. How do we validate an idea?
  33. 33. How do we know what it is worth?
  34. 34. How do we know that there is a market?
  35. 35. How do we get your first customer?
  36. 36. How can we be different?
  37. 37. What if I am a marketing guy?
  38. 38. What if I am a techie with no marketing expertise?
  39. 39. How can we ride a wave? How do I catch one? How do we make one?</li></li></ul><li>Questions?<br />DoraiThodla<br />Twitter: dorait<br />dorait@gmail.com<br />

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