Welcome to the start of a new series. I’m going to call this series Zero to Startup. My goal is to cover all of the relevant subjects that a person starting a startup might deal with; everything from thinking about starting a company to the actual launch date and beyond. Issues that face companies will also be covered.
I’ll be writing from my personal experiences of working in a startup, from what I’ve seen and heard from friends and from what I’ve read about other companies. Please email me tips or ideas, and if it’s not on my list, I’ll make sure to cover it.
The first topic I’d like to discuss is that of Prerequisites for a startup. Just like in college, before you could take any classes, you had to meet certain requirements. It’s the same in the startup world. Let’s say you are thinking about starting a company or joining one, what should you have covered before doing so.
(If some of these posts are too elementary, you are welcome to skip through 🙂 )
Some of the signs of being curious are asking questions, such as: how does that work? Can I make it better? Why isn’t there a product or service that does this or that? Making statements, such as I can do that much better, I can do that better, cheaper, faster, or I bet others will like this widget that I built.
Curiosity didn’t kill the cat and it’ll help you if you are thinking about joining a startup.
Specialization Being able to do general tasks is a requirement in a startup (and I’ll discuss this next time), but having a specialty is a must. Specializing in one area makes you an expert in that area. Obsessing about something and you will start seeing holes in it. When you’re a specialist, and not a jack of all trades, you will come to a point where you’ll know everything about your area and then you’ll want innovate.
Being a generalist will not allow you to dive deep enough into a field to be able innovate in that field. Steve Jobs is a specialist in marketing. Google guys were specialists in search. You could be a specialist in databases, programming, marketing, or any other field, but pick some area to specialize in.
Next post: More prerequisites.