As an entrepreneur, you’re never short on people who want to give you advice. But you have to be careful. Your friends just want you to build an app for their specific use-case. Your mom just wants you out of the basement.
The best place for advice? Twitter. Surround yourself with like-minded serial entrepreneurs. We’ve curated #chstech over the years, and distilled the noise to bring you the most important articles to help you succeed. It’s elementary.
Come up with an idea. Define it as the Über of the IoT.
Choose a location. Choose Charleston. Since you’re doing IoT, why not live on IoP? Write a blog entry on how sitting in traffic on the Don Holt is important to your future corporate culture.
Choose a name. This is absolutely critical. It’s not a good idea to talk to anyone about your idea until you have a memorable name.
Once you have a name, you’ll need to innovate.
Learn to understand Millennials, because they are the only employees willing to work late nights and accept compensation in changing the world.
And really, if you want to attract millennials, you’ll need a cool logo and a website.
While you are at it, embrace minimalism. It will simplify your message, and cuts down on the number of features you have to build for your MVP.
Now you have to start marketing.
Start thinking about raising a seed round, but don’t just take money from anyone. Remember: everyone wants to give you money. Interest rates are near zero and hedge funds are out of style. You can be picky about whose money you take.
Make sure you tweet some things out so people will know you are serious about your startup. Here are a few starters.
By the time you’ve reached this step, If you’re still tweeting you’re behind the times. But Instagram, Snapchat, and YikYak are keeping you busy talking about your, um, startup. Start working on time management and tooling.
If you’re running behind, here are 6 Things to Get You Through Today.
Do some sales.
Figure out why you’re not making sales.
Realize this is because you don’t have anything to sell yet. Probably best to start working on your leadership skills, and let others know what it will take to be a part of your fast-paced team. Tweet something like this to cull the resumes down to only the ones who can hack it.
And be more self aware.
If your platform adoption isn’t quite what you though it would be.
And finally, Customize Slack So It Stops Murdering Your Productivity.
That’s it folks. Only 221 things TODO and you are ready to be interviewed by Fast Company. What are you waiting for? Your success is the only logical outcome.