How do you protect the idea (like an app or web page) if you decide to go crowdfunding?
As has been discussed in many answers here and elsewhere, ideas actually have surprisingly little value by themselves; it's the execution of the idea that matters. The most graphic (and accurate) explanation of this was put forth by Derek Sivers, who is one of the smartest guys in the business. He wrote it for his blog on O'Reilly ONLamp many years ago, and then republished it on his own blog some years later. But I think it deserves even wider distribution, so I've taken the liberty of fancying it up a bit and turning it into a graphic, which I am pleased to post here for the first time (Derek, feel free to tell me to take it down if you object) more...
By: David S. Rose
What are avoidable mistakes that first-time entrepreneurs make repeatedly?
Stop drinking your own kool-aid. – If you are not brutally honest with yourself, you can’t make informed decisions that will truly improve your company. You will hide behind excuses and spin stories to yourself explaining away why you have to keep doing the rest of the things on the list. You can’t believe all the stories you tell. You need a healthy dose of skepticism (not the same as self-doubt or lack of self-belief) to make real forward progress. . more...
By: Lucas Carlson
Where do most web startups fail?
I'd like to suggest that web start-ups founded by quality teams often fail due to time.
By: Jason M. Lemkin
Silicon Valley Has Officially Run Out of Ideas
Every year the tech blog TechCrunch holds a competition for tech startups at its New York and San Francisco “TechCrunch Disrupt” conferences and crowns a winner at the end.
Will Oremus is Slate's senior technology writer.
Over the years, the competition has proven to be something less than a fountainhead of world-changing ideas. Past champions include a conference-calling app, a car-sharing service that is not Uber or Lyft, and a half-hearted “Second Life” ripoff that hasn’t been heard from since 2012. more...
Apple is also moving into the payments business with ApplePay, incorporated into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which feature a built-in NFC radio antenna.
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