Do this. Don’t do that. This is something you cannot ignore. That will not work, try this.
As a startup founder, are you bombarded by suggestions from well meaning people? Though there is nothing wrong with listening to others who have more experience, it can sometimes get confusing.
We have tried to sift through the chaos and brought to you a list of advice that entrepreneurs like yourself have got and applied to their business. It has worked for them. It may work for you as well.
- “A. Get your b*tt into gear. B. Follow my first piece of advice.” – Konstantin Kalinov, Founder, JetRadar/Aviasales
- “Stealth mode is rubbish. Nobody can or will steal your idea. Just talk about your idea to everyone you meet … honestly and passionately, and listen respectfully to what they say in return. Some of your biggest learnings and key pivotal moments will emerge from these conversations.” – Ritu Soni Srivastava, Co-founder, ObiNo
- “If there is a gap in the market, it does not mean there is a need. Validate the need.” – Rohit Veerajappa, Co-founder, Wow Labz
- “Product or marketing? Always prioritise putting efforts in product. Why? A good product makes marketing easier, but vice versa isn’t true.” – Edwyn Chan, Founder and CEO, Spottly
- “Do what you said by the time you said you will do it. This is the secret to power.” – Annkur Agarwal, CEO and Co-founder, Pricebaba
- “Start before you feel ready, embrace change and adapt along the way. I’ve been told this many times and have personally validated it as well.” – Andrew Lee, Founder, Ensurvey
- “Build something because you love it, or have a deep desire to see the product come to life. Be focussed.” – Stefan Lim, Co-founder, Gigout
- “Every country has its own set of real life problems. Look at solving problems that are unique to your own country.” – Arvind Singhal, Chairman, Technopak
- “Do not look for democracies. Think of a unique idea that is disruptive. It is highly likely that the business will fail, but that should not stop an entrepreneur from thinking differently.” – Suchi Mukherjee, Founder and CEO, LimeRoad
- “Ensure your product is rightly positioned so that your consumers can resonate with what you are trying to sell.” – Vishal Singhal, Founder, Singhal Labs
With inputs from Elaine Huang and Twishy