What’s a startup?

Today it’s my first day as a startup founder. I can’t say it’s exactly how I imagined, but I think it’s pretty similar. Today has been a day for adjusting and making the preparations. The switch from employee to unemployed (for me I am unemployed until my startup starts making money) it’s not easy.

I think the change in the mindset it’s as important as the change in what you do. I think it might take a couple of days. I am calm, because I knew it was impossible to start hacking like a maniac from day one. I am starting to hack, but I think the first actions: planning and preparation are as important. Maybe the first realization was: a business it’s not an app. It’s much more than that.

All this thinking (when I should be working) made me wonder: exactly, what is a startup?. I am going to write about a personal definition, I know there are hundreds across the web.

For a me startup it’s a business that can scale quickly. Normally startups are related to the Internet. But that’s not because of movies or something like that. It’s because it’s easy to scale on the web. Think about it. What do people from China, USA, Argentina and Congo have in common? Soccer maybe? No! It’s the Internet. That way if you can build something around the Internet, it can scale to those places and more. 

For me, it’s as simple as that. Scale quickly. I do not mean to brag but according to the stats of these blog people (not a lot) have read me from countries I didn’t even know they existed. That is scaling from me. Thinking about starting a supermarket? That’s cool, but that’s hard to scale.

Also a startup must be profitable. It’s not cool if you make something humongous but it doesn’t generate revenue.

So, for me, a simple definition is: Make something that can scale and be profitable.

And then we all be rich, nice right?

All these stuff is making me wonder: what’s the tiniest app a persona can build that becomes profitable?

Sounds easy. I’m thinking of giving it a try.



6 thoughts on “What’s a startup?

  1. Spark N Launch says:

    Good write up.

    There is some debate to have about a startup being profitable – very few are. Maybe another perspective is a startup should be (financially) sustainable.

    • Thanks a lot for the comment.
      Actually you are right. One can consider both options, I think it depends on the business.
      It’s really nice to have some feedback.

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