How to Start?
By Rohan Gupta
Does the idea of a 9-5 job seems cliche and boring to you? Do you have the calibre to come out and take a stand of your own? You cannot just think in a single direction but are always open to new ideas and new endeavours?
Congratulations, you have what is required to become a startup founder. But, there are many other people out there who have the same traits as you have, the main difference between you and those other people is an opportunity.
The idea of doing a startup sounds very cool and interesting, but the main question is what is required to do a startup?
Some of main things required to do a startup are:
“Ab wo raasta lene par hi pata chalega. Par yaha traffic me hi atke reh gaye toh flight pakka miss ho jayegi.”
More people are the right sort of person to start a startup than realize it. That’s the main reason I wrote this. There could be ten times more startups than there are, and that would probably be a good thing.
To start a startup, you should have a burning desire to do it.
What if? This is the biggest problem that most people face before starting but think that after doing a startup you would either pass or fail but if you don’t do it, you’ll definitely get a combo of failure and regret.
You cannot just start something big by yourself, you’ll always require a team. A good network of people with necessary skill set is always necessary to turn your own mind-fiction into a reality.
If you start a startup, there’s a good chance it will be with people you know from college or grad school. So in theory you ought to try to make friends with as many smart people as you can in school, right? Well, no. It doesn’t work well in long-term. Always roam around the world participate in events, hackathons etc. and meet new people. That is how you’ll found the right ones who could help you throughout your corporate life.
Participating in events is necessary even if you don’t have an idea because many times your skills might come handy to someone who is part of a greater idea. This gives you an opportunity to be a part of a startup right away.
You never know what goes inside an entrepreneurial mind. A genuine mentor is required to take a shot in the right direction. They are the experts of their fields and possess deep knowledge of the corporate culture. Many a times you might face difficulty in passing through a situation and that is time when a guide would be handy.
In a 2013 executive coaching survey, 80 percent of CEOs said they received some form of mentorship.
A mentor would give you the knowledge not present in the textbooks. The most underrated thing is his appreciation which is a big moral boost for many founders but always this goes unsaid.
#4 A Review
Your idea must always go through a review by someone who has already seen the ups and downs in his corporate life. A prominent myth is that a negative review would lead to discontentment.
Always remember, a judge would never discourage you from doing a startup rather he would suggest you, what changes can be done to make your plan more efficient. So, a good judgement should always be seeked before giving the final shot.
Can a rocket be launched without a launchpad? Probably no. Similarly, an ideal launchpad is necessary to launch an idea.
What is that platform?
Techstars Startup Weekend, Jaipur is one of the best platforms for promoting the startup culture.
What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend aims to promote the Startup culture by providing an ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and the right tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps towards creating a business, becoming a founder, and connect with the right people and resources.
In Startup Weekend you will,
- Connect with people driven to build something new,
- Discover where you are on the Startup journey,
- Learn what it really takes to start a company.
- It’s that simple, Techstars Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST.
Here’s what happens at Techstars Startup Weekend:
Day 1: Get to know your new friends, meet people you’ll be working with. From the top projects choose the one you’ll work on this weekend. Got an idea? You’ve got 60 seconds to pitch your idea in front of the group. Whether it’s your idea or someone else’s you’ll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.
Day 2: Local mentors will be coming in throughout the event to coach you through the hard problems.We’ve got the resources and support in place to make things happen in a short period of time. You’ll be responsible for everything from finding customers to building your product. We’ll be here to help when you need it.
Day 3: The culmination of the weekend. You’ll have 5 minutes to present the product or service you built to the crowd and a panel of experts. Watch the other teams present and celebrate all the work you’ve done. Get the opportunity to talk to judges and mingle with mentors.
Best Part, a 7 time meal covered in just a single ticket!
Have some skills and think that they might be handy for somebody, then Techstars Startup Weekend is the right place for you.