6 Tips To Market Your Idea Before Building A Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

Savvy entrepreneurs start testing their ideas on potential customers even before the concept is fully cooked. They become walking public relations machines for themselves, as well as their idea. early marketing idea marketing solution

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How Idea People Can Transform Into Visionary Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” In my opinion, ideas are a commodity, and are really not worth much, outside the context of a visionary leader who can execute.

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5 Steps To Get You From Your First Idea To A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing I have learned the hard way in business is that implementing new ideas is usually much more difficult than conceiving the idea in the first place. That’s why I caution my aspiring entrepreneur clients against proclaiming to investors that they are a great “idea” person.

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Entrepreneurs Need To Reality Check Their Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, consummate entrepreneurs tend come up with more startup ideas than they can ever implement, and some of the ideas may not even make business sense. But how does any entrepreneur know which ideas to implement, and which ones are best left behind?

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8 Disciplines for Transforming Ideas Into Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are people who dream up new ideas, and then commercialize them into new businesses. Most people believe that the hard part is coming up with the idea, and the easy part is turning it into a business. business entrepreneur idea transformation

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10 Reasons To Market Yourself More Than A Great Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many entrepreneurs I know still believe that that their great idea will carry the startup, and they may even minimize their own value, especially if they have introvert tendencies. That means that selling yourself is more important than selling your idea.

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Startups Need Great Execution More Than Great Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” In my opinion, ideas are a commodity, and are really not worth much, outside the context of a visionary leader who can execute.

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Ideas Los Angeles

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 16, 2016 -- IDEAS Los Angeles. IDEAS – a spark of soul, a measure of brilliance, an act of creation. Ideas are the inspiration, and the ignition, of human endeavor. IDEAS LA aims to capture the essence of our collective ingenuity in a fun and interactive setting. 2 Days 2 Tracks focused on the future of Digital Technology and Content Creation: Media and Entertainment and Health and Lifestyle.

Ideas Los Angeles

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 -- IDEAS Los Angeles. IDEAS – a spark of soul, a measure of brilliance, an act of creation. Ideas are the inspiration, and the ignition, of human endeavor. IDEAS LA aims to capture the essence of our collective ingenuity in a fun and interactive setting. 2 Days 2 Tracks focused on the future of Digital Technology and Content Creation: Media and Entertainment and Health and Lifestyle.

6 Strategies for Transforming Ideas Into Results

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful startups are all about turning ideas into action quickly and efficiently. These actions must be the hard part, since entrepreneurs always seem to come to me with ideas, and ask me for help on the actions. Your great ideas deserve more than mediocre actions.

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7 Ways To Make Your People More Valuable Than Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors invest in people, not ideas. The simplest way to express appreciation is to simply say, “Thank you” for an idea, some good feedback, time spent together, or an order. Brian Tracy entrepreneur ideas leaders people importantCustomers buy from people, not companies.

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7 New Business Ideas Whose Time Has Come and Gone

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor, I sometimes worry that all the viable unique ideas must already be taken. We all want to get out there ahead of the crowd, and invest in that truly innovative idea that seems so obvious in its appeal that you wonder why nobody ever thought of it before.

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9 Sources Of Inspiration To Make Your Idea A Winner

Startup Professionals Musings

Ideas are a dime a dozen, but the inspiration to drive a great business is a lot harder to find. As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I often get asked for next sure-fire idea. Look inside yourself for inspiration and ideas, rather than asking me or anyone else.

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Entrepreneurs Need Creative Thinking After the Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs believe their initial idea and inspiration requires the most important creative thinking. Due to learned habits and routines, new ideas default to be similar to old ones. You cannot will a new idea.

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How To Take Your Business Idea From Dream To Reality

Startup Professionals Musings

They can talk with passion about their innovative new idea, and ask lots of questions, but never seem to really get started. The challenge we all have as business founders is to move from the idea stage to a real business.

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6 Steps To Convert An Idea To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business mentor, I sometimes feel besieged by people begging for my view and support of their latest idea. In reality, I like most ideas, but I have to tell them that the real challenge is taking the inspiration from a dream to a business.

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5 Entrepreneur Ideas That Investors See Too Often

Startup Professionals Musings

Those are hard, since someone has to invent something innovative, but I do have some views on other ideas whose time has come and gone. I still get about one business “idea” per week for a new networking site, which will combine the “best of all the sites” into a new one.

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7 Keys To Improving The Odds On Your New Idea Success

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, consummate entrepreneurs tend come up with more startup ideas than they can ever implement, and some of the ideas may not even make business sense. But how does any entrepreneur know which ideas to implement, and which ones are best left behind?

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10 Business Idea Assertions Mask The Real Challenge

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process. While it is true that you can’t get started without an idea, the importance of the Big Hunt is vastly overrated. Ideas are only beginnings.

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Non-Disclosures Can Protect Your Idea, Or Destroy It

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I meet are reluctant to disclose anything about their idea to investors before getting a signed confidential disclosure agreement (CDA). They have probably heard the idea a dozen times already, and are waiting to back the right team on the implementation.

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5 Solution Domains Suggest A Wealth Of Startup Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve. Customers pay for solutions, but there is no market for ideas. Start solving a problem today that you can use as the basis for the “idea” for your next startup.

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Ideas Are Only The Beginning Of Startup Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process. While it is true that you can’t get started without an idea, the importance of the Big Hunt is vastly overrated. Ideas are only beginnings.

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How To Counter Criticism Of Your Million Dollar Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

In business, and in your personal life, the ability to anticipate and overcome criticism is one of the biggest differentiators between leaders, who make things happen, and followers, who may have great ideas but never seem to get things to go their way. The idea will only make things worse.

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7 Keys To Selecting A Startup Idea That Works For You

Startup Professionals Musings

A common request I hear from aspiring entrepreneurs is for an assessment of their latest idea. I don’t even try to assess things at the idea level, since I can’t read minds. The idea or technology was easy for you to learn. When engrossed with this idea, the hours fly by.

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Visionary Entrepreneurs are More Than Idea People

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” In my humble opinion, ideas are a commodity, and are really not worth much, outside the context of a visionary leader and a plan.

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Here is Why Non-Obvious Startup Ideas Can Yield the Largest Results

Both Sides of the Table

The post Here is Why Non-Obvious Startup Ideas Can Yield the Largest Results appeared first on Bothsides of the Table. Amazon. It is a household name.

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3 Great Ideas You May Steal

Eric Greenspan

There’s great ideas everywhere. My idea is to never plant anything you can’t eat. The time is ripe for the next generation keyboard idea. Keyboard idea 1. Keyboard idea 2. The post 3 Great Ideas You May Steal appeared first on Eric Greenspan.

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6 Key Ideas For Moving Your Business Up Another Level

Startup Professionals Musings

In this context, I definitely agree with the need for new ideas and principles, as was expressed in a new book, “ Wild Thinking: 25 Unconventional Ideas to Grow Your Brand and Your Business ,” by branding though leaders Nick Liddell and Richard Buchanan.

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How Much Should You Get For Your Invention Idea?

Startup Professionals Musings

Early-stage ideas fall in the same category. I have the greatest respect for inventors and idea people who think outside the box to envision and create solutions never before seen. Test your idea with experts, scientific journals and trade publications.

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Latest Oculus Rift Idea: The Matrix, But For Chickens

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Irvine-based Oculus VR , the virtual reality technology developer which was just picked up by Facebook for $2 billion--has a lot of developers with great virtual reality game and simulation ideas and software in the works.

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Investors Look First At The Founder, Then The Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Talks about the implementation plan, not the idea. M ost entrepreneurs are great at envisioning their business idea, but the implementation is fuzzy. If you want to attract investors, you must be willing to listen and work with others, as well as share your ideas or your knowledge.

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Top Entrepreneurs Have Follow-up, Not Ideas Alone

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone introduces me to an “idea person,” I automatically jump to the down-side conclusion that this person doesn’t do follow-up. Of course there are people who are great at getting things done, but haven’t had an original idea in their life.

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How to Turn Your Million Dollar Idea Into a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own experience and feedback from friends, every investor is approached by at least ten entrepreneurs with a “hot idea” for a new business, for every one who has a real “plan” for a new business. Make sure the idea is technically viable.

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SoftBank Vision Fund Invests $110 Million in Idea Lab's Energy Vault

L.A. Business Journal

Renewable energy storage firm Energy Vault, a portfolio company of Pasadena's Idea Lab, received a $110 million investment from SoftBank Vision Fund to scale its operations and expand into international markets

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7 Team Attributes That Can Make Any Idea Come Alive

Startup Professionals Musings

There is an old saying in the startup investor community, “Smart investors invest in the team, not the idea.” Giving the wrong people money doesn’t help at the idea level. With both of these, you can make any idea come alive. entrepreneur idea investor pet rock team attributes

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7 Key Steps From a Million Dollar Idea To a Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own experience as a startup investor, and feedback from like-minded friends, we all get pitches for at least ten startup ideas for every one new business plan. New business founders need to remember that investors fund business implementations, not ideas.

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A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas

InfoChachkie

In this 8-minute video excerpt from his recent talk, Seth describes the practical, hands-on methodology that he uses on a day-to-day basis to identify and vet his entrepreneurial ideas. As I note in Spilling The Beans , the basic ideas upon which startups are founded are worth nothing.

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5 Problems to Incent Million Dollar Idea Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve. Customers pay for solutions, but there is no market for ideas. Start solving a problem today that you can use as the basis for the “idea” for your next startup.

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Great Entrepreneurs Have Vision, Not Just Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a dialogue on their current hot “idea.” In my humble opinion, ideas are a commodity, and are really not worth anything, outside the context of a vision and plan.

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Bill Gross Backs Startup Idea Marketplace IdeaMarket

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Bill Gross , the founder of Pasadena''s Idealab , is stepping out of the lab, and into the market--saying Monday that it has co-founded a new startup called IdeaMarket , which will let investors submit funded, high level startup ideas, let the public provide feedback, and allow technically oriented talent make a bid to help bring those ideas to life. All of those ideas have a pre-commited amount of capital from investors willing to back those ideas.

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Bam Ventures Launching Incubator for Brian Lee's Ideas

L.A. Business Journal

Bam Venture Partners has started raising a second $30 million fund which it will use, in part, to invest in and incubate startup ideas thought of by Brian Lee, co-founder of the fund and chief executive of the Honest Co. of Playa Vista. What capital isn’t used for the incubator will be invested in seed and early stage deals, similar to the sort of investments made by the first Bam Ventures fund, said Lee. The Playa Vista venture firm’s first fund was $6 million

Million Dollar Ideas Don’t Make Successful Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

When entrepreneurs come to me with that “million dollar idea,” I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing. Major changes, called pivots, are terrifying to a team that has put months of constant focus into executing what they thought was a great idea.

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Why Most People Fail To Cash In On Their Dream Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business mentor, I sometimes feel besieged by people begging for my view and support of their latest idea. In reality, I like most ideas, but I have to tell them that the real challenge is taking the inspiration from a dream to a business.

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