Thanks to Hasan, Carolyn, Ben and the CEO and SABA members for first arranging the session at Columbia Business at such short notice and then showing up in strenght at 8 am on a Monday morning. I was pleasantly surprised by the size and the enthusiasim of the audience. And as Hasan and Carolyn put it, if you showed up at 8 am, you were certainly committed to the cause.
We did a quick intro about what I had been upto and then opened up the floor for questions that dealt with
- What did failure feel actually felt like?
- Was it better to do a self funded life style business or a VC funded large exit?
- Lessons learnt and the types of failures we are likely to experience?
- The four hour plan or what it takes to build a startup?
- Should you start up in school or wait till you graduate?
- The first 12 months of a startup are the most difficult and then you get used to it.
- Why should you focus on generating revneues as early and quickly as possible?
- The baby steps required to crack a large market in small increments?
- How did I handle failure and when was I ready to start again?
- When is the right time to quit?
- How to motivate teams when things are not good?
How and who to recruit for your teams?