Discussion · Idea validation

What's the best place to discuss an idea for a startup and get feedback from entrepreneurs?

Hadi Maghsoudiganjeh

August 19th, 2016

I have a startup idea that I want to share with other people and be able to get some feedbacks and maybe future collaboration with them. I was thinking of an online platform that you can share your idea and people can comment on it. Do you have any idea of such a place?

Bob Graham Engineering and Software

August 19th, 2016

In my experience, the only person whose opinion matters is your potential customer.

Don't worry about what other entrepreneur's think.

That was one of the best lessons I ever learned so far.

Jim Falvey General Counsel & Advisory Board Member at Green Key Technologies

August 19th, 2016

Depending on whether you want to require your participants to sign a non-disclosure agreement or not, your participant list may vary in size.  If you're not requiring an NDA, then you could use this group as a sounding board.  Or, you may want to find a trade group in your industry to start a discussion.  Lastly, you could find some folks, perhaps on this group, to join an advisory board that you create (3-8 people). Feel free to contact me with any questions.   Jim.

Jonathon OBryan

August 20th, 2016

Take it one day a time!  Start w/ doing your work in related field, not down everything, get a good start up book and just wake up each morning with a plan to do just one thing to further your business. Book btw, just a recommendation from what I can tell by your experience level...  perfect book...  The Start-up Checklist by: David S. Rose...  best of success 

Dimitry Rotstein Founder at Miranor

August 20th, 2016

Like Bob Graham said, the only people whose feedback matters are your potential customers.
That being said, there are indeed quite a few "feedback platforms" for ideas. One is https://mountdream.com/ - I'm not sure how useful it is, but you can try.

Dimitry Rotstein Founder at Miranor

August 20th, 2016

If the purpose is to find potential co-founders, then there are pitch events and meetups of all sorts for this. In any case, pitching to co-founders is different than pitching to customers - the messages are very different, so I'm not sure mixing these two groups together would be effective.

Hadi Maghsoudiganjeh

August 20th, 2016

Thanks everyone for commenting. 
I totally get the point of costumer feedback, but, my goal from sharing my idea with other entrepreneurs is to connect with potential co-founders. One way might be to read their profiles in founderdating website and try to message them one by one. But, I do not see that very efficient. I am thinking of a platform that I can share my idea and other entrepreneurs who might be interested get involved in a discussion and ask their question and I can answer and we see if we can collaborate. I am looking for a online place to network and socialize with other like-minded people. I think this could be a feature in this website itself. 

Joseph Wang Chief Science Officer at Bitquant Research Laboratories

August 20th, 2016

The first feedback is that you shouldn't get feedback from entrepreneurs about a proposed business.  You should get feedback from potential customers.

One thing that I've found is that in talking to other entrepreneurs, what most people are looking for are either 1) information about the mechanics of running a business or more importantly 2) emotional support.   For 2), online doesn't work very well for that, and you really want to be in a face to face social environment.

Face to face works really well because a lot of the real feedback you get is implicit feedback.  If everyone is moaning about how hard it is to get funding, or if everyone is talking about how they got funding, that tells you a lot about the environment.  The trouble is that a lot of the real feedback involves stuff that is really too personal to post online.