Validation Versus Procrastination

So you think you have an idea worth pursuing? Well do you REALLY have the resources, know-how, and the adequate homework completed in order to justify pursuing it? Or will you find out 6 months, 1 year down the road that you should have done more homework?

Here is a five-step approach to help you figure out the potential before you are too far into your venture.

Founder's Workbench

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Founder's Workbench is an online resource dedicated to helping entrepreneurs navigate the challenges commonly faced by start-ups and emerging companies.

How to Get a Job with a VC

Many students, friends, and others ask me how to land a job at a Venture Capital firm.  Sometimes I think it was sheer luck and the opportunity that was provided while at Northeastern University; but here are a few methods that can get you into the VC firm that you want.

 

Founder's Friday: TixList

Who are the faces behind a company? How did the company get started? These are common question you may have about startups you see and hear about. If you don't get a chance to personally meet the founders, you're unlikely to ever know their story. That's what Founder Fridays is all about.
 
This week we're featuring Christian Galvin, CEO of TixList, a company that will change the way you buy and sell tickets.

Lessons Learned in Customer Development

“Customers live outside the building.” Every startup is well served to remember this and make sure they’re reaching out to their customers/users to understand them.  As customer development manager at oneforty, I’m on the front lines of that effort and our overall goal of implementing Lean Startups methodologies.  I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned along the way.

Founder Fridays: Hubcast

Who are the faces behind a company? How did the company get started? These are common question you may have about startups you see and hear about. If you don't get a chance to personally meet the founders, you're unlikely to ever know their story. That's what Founder Fridays is all about.

 
This week we have Toby LaVigne, CEO and Founder of HubCast, a company poised to change commerical printing by allowing marketing and sales professionals to print high quality materials and have them delivered anywhere in the world.

Mike Kowalchik: Founding Challenges: Co-founders and the problem of the “good idea filter”

If you are contemplating joining someone you've just met to start a company, there’s a tendency to use a ‘good idea filter’ on them. In many cases I’ve heard potential co-founders describe their meetings as “She was nice, we definitely clicked, I could work with her, but I’m not sure I buy her idea.” It seems like a lot of potential co-founders are looking for the so-obvious, lightning-strike idea and then, and only then, to connect together and start executing. Very few companies begin with such a foundation. Most ideas only seem obvious in hindsight.

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