No one accomplishes anything alone. No one. Not even Olympic athletes. They have coaches, teammates, physical therapists, trainers. The same is true for entrepreneurs. Every ambitious entrepreneur wants to build a big company, retain 100% control, and make a lot of money.
Just gotta say this to all aspiring entrepreneurs: Customer research is NOT a universe of one (you). Nor is it 10, or 20, or just your family and friends. How are you going to know whether strangers will buy your product if you don’t talk to them first?
Even though you think your startup company’s product is unique, it’s not. Ok, you may be one of the rare creatures in the universe that has a monopoly technology. If so, that’s pretty cool. But never assume that is the case. If you’re like most people, you definitely have competitors.
Most entrepreneurs are inventors. Even if they don’t have a patentable idea, they have discovered or created something they believe to be unique that is solving a problem that needs to be solved. They are inventors because they are focusing on creating their product, but often have not yet considered all the expenses and investments necessary to bring their idea to market.
This Summer, I had the opportunity to intern in Boulder, CO. I worked for UpRamp, a later stage Accelerator, and participated in Startup Summer, a program focused on starting a startup in ten weeks.
Among the many factors that contribute to a Worlds Ahead experience at Florida International University, StartUP FIU has fostered a creative, entrepreneurial environment for students, faculty, and alumni.
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