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How do i start? "Ideas are sh*t, execution is the game" as Gary Vaynerchuk says

Akhil Drake Aspiring entrepreneur with over 118+ Ideas

Last updated on May 5th, 2017

How do i start? "Ideas are sh*t, execution is the game" as Gary Vaynerchuk says. I have written/jot down many different ideas, ideas ranging from services which startups to technological products which can change the way we deal with storage and more advanced iron man/elon musk kinda ideas. But i just don't know how to get the ideas from the paper to execution? All i need is time,space, a well obsessed team with great enough skills and capitalism, but i just don't know how to get all that or what should be my next move?!!?

A great idea is 1% of the work. Execution is the other 99%. In this course, we’ll teach you how to conduct market analysis, create an MVP and pivot (if needed), launch your business, survey customers, iterate your product/service based on feedback, and gain traction quickly.

Todor Velev Managing Partner, EEI Network

May 5th, 2017

Ideas are sh*t only if they have no sense at all :). The humany advanced because of ideas (and execution), but execution without idea is similar to the proposal of Keynes - one part of the labor force to dig, and the other to cover the work of the previos team. Excellent exuction, no benefit (except creating demand).

The first thing probably is to make sure that your idea has any value. The easiest way is to see if there is a problem that it solves, or is add-up to something else (resudual value).

After you make sure you know what is the problem to solve, probably you have to see how people currently satisfy this need (what the competitors are doing). If you think there are no competitors, most probably you have to rethink your problem definition and value proposition.

Once you understand the palying field, the next step is to estimate the potential market for your prosuct / service. And if it attractive, how you will get to your clients, how much you will be able to charge, how much will cost you to deliver your promise, etc.

And if seems that your idea, if realized, will provide adequate return on the investment, is when implementations starts :).

Takes time and work, and probably you may hire an advisor to help you down the road.

Good luck!

K. Robbins Head Moose at Moose WorldWide Digital

May 5th, 2017

The greatest skill is to get people together, know what you want done, and without barking orders, or giving explicit instruction, motivate the people to do what you want - all the while being absolutely honest and truthful. Without this skill you will be very frustrated as an entrepreneur, only able to accomplish what you yourself can do in a workday.

Some people are natural born leaders. Throw ten developers in a room, don't assign a lead, and watch what happens. If you're not a natural born leader, you can learn.

In other words, execution is really about inspiring people to work together for a common cause. This is not as easy as it sounds. Take a sales job - as the best sales people are extremely honest, personable, and understand how to do this - or a management job - either of these positions will help teach you the skills you need. Study the bad managers, and the good ones.

Larry MacDonald Explorer identifying previously unseen opportunities

May 6th, 2017

Ideas have their place, but it is usually at the point where you have validated a need that has intense demand and now need some ideas on exactly how to solve and serve that need.

If you start with an idea, you will most likely be doomed to failure, since most businesses/products based only on an idea fail.

So I suggest you forget ideas and look for unmet demand and start there.

Nicholas White

May 9th, 2017

Read 'The Lean startup' then break down into steps what you need to achieve. If you genuinely have no idea where to start then firstly you need to educate yourself..substantially. Learn about startup methodology, how other people approached their startup journey, learn about the sector that your solution sits in etc. Then you will have an idea of where to start - it may not be a perfect plan, but at least enough to start hustling and refine from there. There's no way you'll be able to attract others to the project without a strong understanding on execution (at least at the 'top level'). People won't follow someone who has no idea what they're doing, sorry that's harsh but just being honest.

David Austin Relentless problem solver and innovator.

May 5th, 2017

Get customer data showing it's time has come, make that your pitch and use it to get cofounders. Only then will you have something.

Garnet Bartlett Product designer/business owner

May 5th, 2017

There are good ideas and bad ideas, good execution and poor execution, and they both matter.

As for your next step, you just do whatever you can to move an idea forward: whether that's making a prototype, getting software written, providing some version of the service you want to offer. It depends on what your ideas are, but you need to test/get feedback/modify to refine and prove your idea.


May 6th, 2017

Akhil - I recommend two books to help you get to a place where you can decide if/how to move ahead. I applaud your enthusiasm but I think you are underestimating what it takes. The books are Will it Fly? and Lean Customer Development. Good luck!

Valeriia Timokhina Eastern Peak Software: Custom software development

May 8th, 2017

Hi Akhil,

I think I can recommend you an article which addresses exactly your problem: “I have an idea for an app, but my budget is limited.” On this blog you can find advice for startups no software development, project management, funding, etc., so feel free to check other articles:)

Hope this helps,

Have a nice day!