Startups are the crutches of our economy. At some point, every company was a startup and without them, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the convenience of saving files in the cloud with Dropbox, or book cheaper accommodation thanks to Airbnb, or even continue to work from home using Slack.
Startups create jobs, disrupt industries and drive innovation but most importantly: they provide a solution to a problem worth solving.
That is what unites all startups, no matter the industry they operate in. Without brilliant solutions, there would be no startups. Unfortunately, it takes a lot more than a good idea to launch a profitable company.
Why you need this startup guide
As we just mentioned, startups require more than just a great idea, otherwise we’d all be entrepreneurs running our own successful business.
However, when you start thinking about how to split the equity between cofounders, or how many people you’re going to need to hire, or where you’re going to get enough money from - we could go on - things start to get a little complicated and confusing.
That’s why we’ve written this guide, using our cumulative 100+ years of experience in startups to try to make life a little easier for entrepreneurs by breaking down the most important things you need to think about when launching a startup.
What will be covered
Startups are like expeditions, and just like you need a map for an expedition, you’ll need a guide to help you navigate through the various obstacles of launching a startup successfully. We’ll be covering the following topics: