NAFIS, Shabbir Husain

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Why to not start a startup.

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A great post yet once again from Paul Graham. He has listed few of the common reasons why people are reluctant in starting a startup of their own. He also classifies the reasons as valid concerns or bogus. And it serves as a checklist to exmaine one’s feelings.

The reasons are:

  1. Too young.
  2. Too inexperienced.
  3. Not determined enough.
  4. Not smart enough.
  5. Know nothing about business.
  6. No cofounder.
  7. No idea.
  8. No room for more startups.
  9. Family to support.
  10. Independently wealthy.
  11. Not ready for commitment.
  12. Need for structure.
  13. Fear of uncertainty.
  14. Don’t realize what you’re avoiding.
  15. Parents want you to be a doctor.
  16. A job is the default.

I initially thought I would extract the most important points and list them down here itself, but then having read the post multiple times already, I would say every line is important. And if I attempted to just highlight the key points and arguments that would some how not convey the entire picture and meaning correctly. Which is absolutely critical.

However the very essence of the post is to start a startup early, rather than looking for a regular job for the sake of experience. A regular job tends to take you away from the goal of starting your own startup rather than assisting or speeding the very process. As a regular job would transform one into a tame animal and what a startup would be able to teach, a regular corporate job will not be able to in the same amount of time.

In a nustshell. The Sooner the better!

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April 15, 2007 at 7:35 am

Need to bootstrap? Read “The Bootstrapper’s Bible”

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Seth Godin’s¬†book of wisdom for entrepreneurs – The Bootstrapper’s Bible¬†is available online for free.

Source Amazon:

Editorial Review:

In The Bootstrapper’s Bible: How to Start and Build a Business with a Great Idea and (Almost) No Money, Godin shows precisely how his own venture, and a slew of others like Dell Computer, Burton Snowboards, Bose Corporation, Starbucks, and many lesser-known companies, ultimately managed to turn that nothing into something quite substantial. “Bootstrappers built this country, and they continue to make it great,” he writes. “Virtually every business–from IBM to the local dry-cleaner–was bootstrapped, usually by people with far less smarts, less money, fewer connections, and less vision than you have right now.”

Book Description:

A short e-booklet that is designed to give you the confidence and insight you need to pursue the American dream–starting your own business with little or no money.

The book is a 5 star. And it would be great to hear words of wisdom from a successful entereprenuer like Seth. I am looking forward to reading the book ASAP.

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December 6, 2006 at 11:06 am