What do I do when people around me doubt my business idea?

You get a brilliant idea to build that app! As you think more about it, the more you are convinced that this is going to be a game changer. What do you do next? You bounce this idea with some people around you to check their reaction. They could be your friends or colleagues or… Continue reading What do I do when people around me doubt my business idea?

Have an idea, what next?

This is one question (or some version of it) that is asked on Quora quite often. And, here is a long version of its reply. Launching a new business When you plan to startup, according to the old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and… Continue reading Have an idea, what next?

What is the difference between product-market fit and idea validation?

According to Marc Andreessen, who originally coined ‘Product/Market Fit’ in his post “The Only Thing That Matters”: Product/market fit means being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that market. This is a rather vague definition, and Andreesen gives us a more vivid illustration of what Product/market fit really feels like. You… Continue reading What is the difference between product-market fit and idea validation?

How do I motivate myself to build things I don’t actually use?

I came across this interesting post on one of the discussion forums (it’s a bit long, but I thought of reproducing it in origin here to get a full context of the question). “I am a full-time contractor for a startup where I do full-stack development. The founder of this startup is not happy about… Continue reading How do I motivate myself to build things I don’t actually use?

How and where can I get good startup ideas?

  (This blog article was published earlier in Medium in September 2017) How do you come up with the best startup idea for you? Where do you look for ideas? How do you know if a startup idea is right for you? Do you have what it takes to pull off your startup idea? Where… Continue reading How and where can I get good startup ideas?

How much investment is required to open a small-scale cyber cafe?

Its not uncommon or rather its more than common to see a question like “How much investment is required to open a small-scale cyber cafe?” in Quora from wannabe entrepreneurs who want to consider starting a new business of this kind. Or consider a few more questions like: How can we set up an auto… Continue reading How much investment is required to open a small-scale cyber cafe?

What makes a customer buy into a new idea (or a product)?

The answer is – solving an immediate, known pain-point for the customer. This is all about the connection between pain point of a customer and the solution that your idea or product offers to solve it. The psychology behind the human pain At the most basic level, people typically spend money on two things: First,… Continue reading What makes a customer buy into a new idea (or a product)?