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New technologies are creating new business opportunities on the Internet, on mobile phones, in consumer products, and in information services. At the same time, many of these technologies have radically reduced the costs associated with launching a new venture. While birthing a company is easier, succeeding […]

New technologies are creating new business opportunities on the Internet, on mobile phones, in consumer products, and in information services. At the same time, many of these technologies have radically reduced the costs associated with launching a new venture. While birthing a company is easier, succeeding is as difficult as ever.

I teamed up with my long time colleague and comrade-in-arms Michael Copeland and talked to seasoned entrepreneurs, early-stage investors, venture capitalists, and first-time CEOs—to understand what they’ve learned about the art of getting a new company off the ground. This is a 16-step guide for building a start-up, and what are the things to avoid. Read this month’s Business 2.0 cover story, How To Build A Bullet Proof Start-Up

Perhaps, it will be something you will clip-and-save.

Also, check out B2.0′s 100 Fastest Growing (Publicly Traded) Tech Companies.

  1. The first company who invents the Star Trek tricorder, warp drive, and transporter gets an autographed kitana sword held by Sulu and a bottle of vintage rum from Mr. Scott.

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  2. Om

    I sent an e-mail last week, sent through your blog contact form did you get it? Drop me e-mail at rkovi-at-yahoo-dot-com

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  3. om,

    what about entrepreneurs with less experience and credibility but vision, passion and idea and moreover a team to deliever on it ? especially the ones outside of US like in south asia ?

    its just get a lot harder to hit big from here … but still trying :)

    thanks for your great blog.

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  4. I just read the issue today at lunch. Being a serial entrepreneur, I was impressed with your detail and step by step approach. I’m actually involved in a number of Entrepreneurial projects with local universities and wondered if you have this in pdf? OR, can I get in from Business 2.0 in pdf?

    Keep up the good work, Om.

    -Kelly

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  5. you can always use the html to pdf converter… found here…

    http://html2pdf.seven49.net/seven49.asp?IDCMainActiv=3908

    it’s free as far as i know… just copy the url and bam instant pdf kelly.

    jeff

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  6. Ouch:

    http://37signals.com/svn/archives2/howtoshootabulletthroughyour_startup.php

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  7. I haven’t read the article yet (have the Business 2.0 mag sitting right next to me and will read through it later tonight), but it seems like 37signals wasn’t that impressed with your article:

    http://37signals.com/svn/archives2/howtoshootabulletthroughyour_startup.php

    “People often ask us “what should I do to build a company like 37signals?”. I think we finally have a succinct answer now: Do exactly the opposite of what Business 2.0 tells you to.”

    Pretty harsh review by one of the most successful “Web 2.0″ companies out there.

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  8. I agree with 37 signals assessment of the article. Quite a bit of stuff on this that doesnt make sense. In fact if I remember correctly this is contradictory to what Om had written earlier. Rise of the instant company or Build/Flip or something else. What was that article?

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  9. If Om Malik knew how to start a company he would be doing it, not writing an article for Business 2.0 on how to do it.

    Anyone with half a brain is way better off taking the 37 Signals approach – unless you feel like burning a few million to break even.

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  10. There’s no way to say this without offending the authors of the article, but these “bullet-proof prescriptions” are laughable, don’t cut it and reflect the inexperience of the authors. I don’t care how many ceo’s, entrepreneurs you’ve interviewed. Readers, just hop on over to Guy Kawasaki’s blog and take a read (no affiliation) for a realistic window into what goes into a startup (whether it makes it or not). Om, you should stick to what you know, journalism, because when you start giving advice about stuff you haven’t yourselves experienced, you are not credible.

    SimplyTired

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