Sunday, December 12, 2010

Super Heroes & Tech Startups


This morning I was up early contemplating on what makes a successful technology startup business. I’ve been reading about building a team of people and how the people make the business. I think that’s true but it really boils down to 1 person or 2 people with a vision.
Some of the most successful technology startups were NOT formed by committees but by 1 or 2 people. If you think about our favorite comic book heroes, they are usually NOT a group, they are usually 1 or 2 people.

1 & 2 Person Super Heroes:
Superman
Spiderman
Wonder Woman
Ironman
Batman & Robin

1 & 2 Person Successful Tech Startups:
Apple
Microsoft
Facebook
Ebay
Amazon
Google
Yahoo!
Hewlett Packard

Many times startups feel that they have to have the perfect business plan and backing from friends, family and a bank before they can get things moving.
As of December of 2010, my organization (The Web Academy) is approaching 2500 all time enrollments. I didn’t form that organization with a consensus vote. It was about me having a vision and putting the pieces together. In the beginning, I was the Executive Director, the Administrative Assistant, the Web Master, the Sales Director, the Marketing Director and the only Instructor.
General Dwight Eisenhower once said plans are worthless but planning is everything. I love that quote. So, have a vision, work hard, don’t be afraid to be solo, and plan for everything imaginable.
So, what do you think?

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