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Entrepreneurs vs. Venture Capitalists
SUCCESS FOR THE STARTUP VS. SUCCESS FOR THE ENTREPRENEUR
You've heard the saying: 90% of startups fail. But did you know that your startup can succeed while you alone fail to profit from it? (Yes, the opposite can be true too, where the entrepreneur gets a bounty, leaving the startup - and investors - high and dry, but these days investors ensure against it in modern term-sheets.).
We want you the entrepreneur to Succeed - by redefining what Silicon Valley calls "Failure".
Failure is if you fail to get VC funding for your startup. Succeed by redefining it as a successful Lifestyle business for yourself. And in the process, increase the chances of your success - no double-quotes needed - by an order of magnitude.
Learn how you can end up with a lifestyle business as the worst case scenario for your startup - if you fail to get that elusive VC funding or venture-style growth.
YOU HAVE A WELL-PAYING CORPORATE JOB. NOW YOU HAVE A GREAT STARTUP IDEA. BUT YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE RISK. THE TIME. THE COST. THE LEARNING CURVE.
DO THE MATH
$156000 + 1 YEAR: THE TYPICAL STARTUP THAT DOESN'T GET FUNDING
-$10000/mo: You envy your friends who quit their jobs to pursue their startup passion.
-$3000/mo: They've spent $3k to $20k per month - or more - on engineering, design, legal, marketing, "fund-raising".
-1 Year: But you don't envy them anymore now that they've been toiling away for a year without getting funding.
+0/mo: Meanwhile, they've also struggled to make any revenues from the "product" - which has barely any user traction.
-$156000/Year: The "smart" ones quit early and go back to their old jobs. Normal service is restored.
Bankruptcy: The stubbornly "persistent" ones keep snowballing towards ruin: ruined finances | ruined career | ruined relationships
The heart-breaking toll it takes on their pride, emotional well-being, and their dreams.
+$20000 + 3 TO 6 MONTHS: THE 4-WEEK STARTUP (4WS) MAP - MILESTONE | ACTIVITY | PLAN
+10000/mo: Keep that job - no need to quit unless you really can afford it and want to.
-$3000/mo: 1 week to MVP - with a core "User ACTIVITY" - to get User Engagement & Customer Validation
$10000/Milestone: 3 months to Traction/Product/Market Fit
What's Agile about AE?
- Useful Role-Models: Make Your Own Mistakes, Learn From Mine!.
- The 4-Week Startup - succeed in your startup one-month at a time.
- Time Barter: your 1-hour = my 1-hour; then pay it forward
- Inner Circle - for supporters of Agile Entrepreneurs
- Hire an Entrepreneur - helping the bootstrapping entrepreneur HaE.Ninja.
- HaE.Ninja Teams - Gurus, Jedis
- Agile Product Strategy & Go-to-Market Strategy.
9 out of 10 Agile Entrepreneurs ... Control their Destiny!
4 weeks to User/Customer Validation, 3 months to Product/Market Fit (Traction)
Can your startup do this?
Agile Entrepreneurs (AE) was founded in January 2006 with the goal of being the Most Inclusive (Least Exclusive) Group for Founders of Technology Product Startups, worldwide. It follows then that AE membership is FREE - but only for founders of Technology Product Startups; most of our services are FREE for bootstrapping/first-time founders.
We also provide nominally priced "tools" that empower AE members for collaboration and shared learning. One of these tools is hands-on intensive coaching in 1 or 2-day custom workshops. These workshops range are either 1-on-1 or in groups of at least 5 startup teams.
And the best part? We come to you and give you the collective wisdom of 100s of entrepreneurs, some successful, some not-so-successful. Check our calendar to see when we might be coming to your hometown.
MODEL YOUR VISION, BUSINESS & PRODUCT STRATEGY, AND AGILE GO-TO-MARKET STRATEGY.
Entrepreneurs inevitably get caught in the bubble of feature creep whether they're going down a Waterfall or following the so-called Agile processes. Even the most benign, well-meaning, and useful methodologies get infested with the double-edged sword of jargon and harmful mediocrity and incompetence of practitioners it attracts ironically due to its own success.