Entrepreneurship · MVP Development

What did you do the hard way that would have been easy if you had done something different?

Joe Albano, PhD Using the business of entrepreneurialism to turn ideas into products and products into sustainable businesses.

February 16th, 2017

Wherever you are on your entrepreneurial journey, what did you do the hard way that would have been easy - or at least easier - if you had done something different? How can we learn from your experience?


I’m particularly interested in experiences about:

  • forming or residing partnerships
  • paying for or not paying for services that you felt that you could do on your own
  • building and validating a business model vs. trusting your experience and instinct
  • building your MVP
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Steve Owens

February 17th, 2017

That is a very good question - I have so many examples I do not even know where to start. I think the root cause of all of them is poor decision making. Test your assumptions, think critically (avoid "magical thinking") and get as many opinions as you can. Be very careful of those that are telling you what you want to hear, and hold dear the ones that tell you what you need to hear.

Rob Hirsch Traveler, nature-lover, storm-chaser, epic sleeper

February 16th, 2017

This is an easy one. Before I spent thousands of $$$ on a website & iPhone app, I should have found product market fit & read startup owner's manual.