Why to start up?

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Presentation on the reasons we, founders, launch a startup. Performed on October 2013 at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in front of a hundred students with an engineering background.

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Why to start up?

  1. 1. WHY TO START UP? FORUM EPFL – 10.10.2013 SEBASTIEN FLURY SEB@STARTUPOLIC.COM +41 78 822 96 47 ©startupolic
  2. 2. About me HEC Lausanne Credit advisor Startup mentor BLOGGER ENTREPRENEUR ©startupolic
  3. 3. What do you want? WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU? WHAT’S YOUR PASSION? DO YOU WORK TO LIVE OR… DO YOU LIVE TO WORK? TIME IS SCARCE ©startupolic
  4. 4. Choice CORPORATION Vs STARTUPS ©startupolic
  5. 5. Corporation? STABILITY / WORK-LIFE BALANCE HIGH SALARY 08:00 – 17:00 ROUTINE COACHING / TRAINING HIERARCHY POLITICS ©startupolic
  6. 6. Start up? ROLLERCOASTER LOWER SALARY 24/7 EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT AUTONOMY / LEADERSHIP REACH THE NEXT STEP WITH YOUR TEAM ©startupolic
  7. 7. Why to start up? MONEY? FAME? EGO? ©startupolic
  8. 8. Why to start up? Because you… ARE MAD, MAN! WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT / PROVE SOMETHING SEEK RECOGNITION WANT TO HAVE FUN (= WORK HARD) ©startupolic
  9. 9. What you need to start ENERGY / PERSISTENCE DISCIPLIN AUTONOMOUS / BE SELF-DRIVEN CREATIVITY DESIRE TO LEARN PASSION ©startupolic
  10. 10. When to start? YOUNG GRADUATE Vs LATER? ©startupolic
  11. 11. WHERE to start? INCUBATORS Vs HOME / STARBUCKS ©startupolic
  12. 12. HOW to start? BUILD YOUR NETWORK GIVE TO OTHERS, HELP THEM WITHOUT ASKING ANYTHING EFFECTIVE NETWORKING TAKES TIME… SO START BEFORE NEEDING IT! ©startupolic
  13. 13. HOW to start? EDUCATE YOURSELF BY READING TECH BLOGS STARTUPOLIC.COM ;-) PAULGRAHAM.COM / AVC.COM / BOTHSIDES OF THE TABLE / TECHCRUNCH / MASHABLE / VENTUREHACKS / THENEXTWEB / RUDEBAGUETTE / STARTWERK.CH ©startupolic
  14. 14. HOW to start? TALK TO CUSTOMERS SURROUND YOURSELF BUILD A MVP, LAUNCH, LEARN RE-BUILD, RELAUNCH, RE-LEARN DO IT AGAIN! ©startupolic
  15. 15. Is that really for you? STARTUP IS NOT FOR EVERYONE NOT EVERYONE IS AN ENTREPRNENEUR BUT… YOU CAN BECOME ONE! ©startupolic
  16. 16. HOW? JOIN A STARTUP EXPERIENCE THE UP’s AND DOWN’s OF A STARTUP WITHOUT RISKS (WHAT COULD GO WRONG?) LEARN x LEARN x LEARN ©startupolic
  17. 17. Or… taste it yourself! STARTUP WEEKEND’s HACKATHON’s - - VENTURE IDEAS / VENTURE CHALLENGE / STARTUPTRAINING ©startupolic
  18. 18. Next steps DEFINE YOUR CONCEPT START, DIVE INTO THE JOURNEY (and let me know!) ©startupolic
  19. 19. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? ©startupolic
  20. 20. CONTACT SEBASTIEN FLURY SEB@STARTUPOLIC.COM +41 78 822 96 47 TWITTER: @SEBASTIENFLURY BLOG: WWW.STARTUPOLIC.COM STARTUP: WWW.COTERIES.COM ©startupolic

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