The whole might be greater than the sum of its parts, but startups are all about the individual parts.<...> Especially in the early days. I'd like to explain this by telling you the story of Waqas Ali, an entrepreneur whom I've never met in person, but for whom I
First time here? Start with the hits:
If you're validating your (startup) idea, this is the ultimate method.
Because it's a rollercoaster-like life as an entrepreneur.
Every sale and every relationship with a customer starts with you helping them.
Pressing pause on a startup is the hardest thing I've ever done.
Building a business is a journey of learning.<...> Today I'm more convinced of this than ever before. I sometimes find myself almost hiding behind the bravado of making new mistakes, when in actual fact, I'd like to think that my experience as an entrepreneur that has built a successful
Some types of products and startups are more likely to succeed.<...> Especially for first-time entrepreneurs. My article last week about what South African tech needs sparked a lot of attention (with even the slightly more mainstream media picking up on it) as I proposed an alternative perspective for South
And it's probably not Bitcoin.<...> In the last couple of years, startups - especially within the tech sector - have (finally) been given a bit more time in the spotlight. I'd say that this has mostly coincided with endeavours like Silicon Cape and the passion of a handful of
Because there is no pattern.<...> I can (should?) only speak for myself here in saying that the biggest parts of my life - as an entrepreneur and founder - resembles very little logic and a scattered pattern of decisions, ups, downs, successes, failures and things in-between. This frustrates me,
Bootstrapping is probably not what you think it is and definitely not what the mainstream makes it out to be.<...> As an entrepreneur, I've only ever known one way to build a business: bootstrapping. That's probably for better or worse. Back in 2007 when I built the first WooThemes
Are you avoiding failure or pursuing success?<...> I've learnt a lot in the past year and I'm probably spot-on in my perception that I learnt more in the last year of my life, than I did in the 5 or 6 years prior to that. This applies especially as
Google any business advice and you'll find contradiction.<...> They'll say don't raise funding and avoid the (current) bubble. Or that there's no way to build a million / billion dollar business by bootstrapping. They also say test and validate your ideas, because you really don't want to waste time or