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Starting a startup

By sjmarshalluk

Introduction

A collection of required reading for anyone starting their own venture

1 How to Get Startup Ideas

November 2012 The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself. The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: they're something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing.

2 Got a Startup Idea? Ask These Questions First

Got a Startup Idea? Ask These Questions FirstThese two questions just might save you years and years of painThis essay is in response to this week's Startup Edition topic, "How do you turn your idea into a startup?" "Hey, Ryan! I have an awesome startup idea to disrupt LEGO's! It's called Mego." "Tell me about it, Steve." I respond. "Ok,

3 How to develop your business ideas

A great idea is the seed of a good business, but it can only grow to its full potential if it is cultivated properly. With innovation high on the agenda as a means of boosting the economy, it is no coincidence that idea management is gaining popularity as a discipline.

4 Do Things that Don't Scale

July 2013 One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that don't scale. A lot of would-be founders believe that startups either take off or don't. You build something, make it available, and if you've made a better mousetrap, people beat a path to your door as promised.

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