Entrepreneurship

How do you get people to take you seriously?

Shelton Bumgarner Writer, Photographer, and DJ

July 20th, 2015

I want to start a blog to challenge Gawker.com, but no one will take me seriously.

I have the ability and passion, but all I hear is crickets. I don't want to do a business plan, that is just not my scene. 
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Roger Wu co-founder at cooperatize, native advertising platform

July 20th, 2015

The barrier to entry to start a blog is a computer and an internet connection (or access to an Apple store).  People will take you seriously once the site is up and running and the content is great!  Good luck!

Sean Hurley Strategic Marketing Leader with strong financial results for growing organizations

July 20th, 2015

Without a plan, no one of any merit will take you seriously...

John Seiffer Business Advisor to growing companies

July 20th, 2015

There are 2 kinds of ideas - the first is the kind that by saying the idea, it's easy for people to try and replicate. Something like "I have an idea for a facebook for left handed cat lovers" or "I have an idea for a vanilla cake with orange frosting that tastes like pineapple"

The second kind of idea even if you say what it is, there is so much work behind it that it's hard for others to replicate. Something like "I have an idea of how to launch satellites into space for 1/2 the current cost" or Elon Musk's idea for hyperloop transport. 

In either case, you need to do a lot of work before anyone takes you seriously. But that's probably more true with the first kind of idea. Yours sounds like that kind. Do the work, get users, show that others care about it. Then people will take you seriously. It has to be more than a plan - it has to show user traction. 

Michael Barnathan

July 20th, 2015

Just Do It. People take traction seriously.

Scott McGregor Advisor, co-founder, consultant and part time executive to Tech Start-ups. Based in Silicon Valley.

July 20th, 2015

The way to get people to take you seriously is to do something, not merely talk about plans - then stick with it even though no one believes you. No one would believe that Facebook at Harvard would ever challenge MySpace, let alone surpass it. A couple Of guys at Stanford working on an automated algorithm for valuing webpages could never challenge the thousands of human experts who categorized the web at Yahoo... But today those inconceivable reversals are mostly forgotten. If your blog is going to supplant Gawker, get started. When you have more readers than Gawker people will take your claim seriously. Until then skepticism is natural! Don't let the doubters get you down - let the superior quality of your product speak for itself. Scott McGregor, Scott@soundfit.me, (408) 505-4123 Sent from my iPhone

Michael Markarian Founder at Mount Dream

July 20th, 2015

A. Write GREAT content. Good content will get you as far as poor content. Your content must be great.

B. Promote your GREAT content in groups and channels where people will find it valuable and useful.

This strategy takes time. There are no shortcuts. But it will get you results! Good luck, Shelton!

Mike Masello

July 20th, 2015

You seem to have experience in the space and an idea of what you want to do to compete/take-share from a site like Gawker.  The phrase "business plan" can sound daunting, but don't let it be. I'm sure if you took a few days you could pull together a good one-pager to show potential partners or even early investors.

It will also help you move forward along with just starting the blog as others have pointed out.

Include these items in short form and you're on your way:

Customer Problem
Your Solution
Business Model (how you make money)
Target Market (who is your customer and how many of them are there)
Competitive Advantage
Management/Team
Funding Required (if any)

Read more: http://articles.bplans.com/how-to-write-a-one-page-business-plan/#ixzz3gSMZPX33

Greg Armshaw

July 20th, 2015

Why? Is there a problem with Gawker?


This is a serious question btw.

Greg Armshaw

July 20th, 2015

@Shelton if you want people to join you and take you seriously you need to attract them to you by illustrating quite clearly that you have that capability that you say to have...

 For example Is there anything in your sentence quoted below that might make a potential collaborator a bit nervous about joining you in a new venture?

 "I don't live in New York City, but I could probably assemble a team of people able to write quality content. "

 An alternative might be:

 " I know 15 NYC based journalists and writers who have collectively written articles that have been read over a billion times in the last 3 years who I know will produce a months worth of content, including a sensational launch exclusive in the time it takes me to get a site together. I need $x dollars for content, $x for the site build, and $x for the initial advertising. If you can help get funding, and do the business paperwork, I guarantee you we will be trending on twitter by the end of September"

It does look like Gawker has an even chance of imploding so you had better get your skates on before Dlisted takes your readers...

All this said, I still come back to the "Why" ..why is your Gawker 2.0 better than any other?


Bill Percival Finance & Operations Leadership

July 20th, 2015

I am going to make the assumption that you need to raise some money to move your idea forward.

If that is true, you do need a basic plan to show investors.  It is equally to your benefit in that the authoring process causes you to focus on assumptions critical to your success.

Developing a well thought out business plan can be hard work, and it may involve input/skills that are not in your domain - finance, marketing, etc.  My suggestion is to reach out to your contacts that do trust and respect you and ask for their help, or guidance in developing a plan.