I’ve given up on many projects that could have been big. I don’t regret it. However I think a lot about why I did so. I have found the reason and I want to share it with the world.
Before I do that I want to clarify one thing: I do not regret of moving on and leaving my projects in the past. But society and people around me make me think I’m a quitter. So I think a lot why I tend to move on? Am I really a quitter?
When I dig deep I’ve identified that I execute…
Had the pleasure of talking to Bill Reichert of Garage Tech Ventures at the @Startup Grind Georgia event. It’s such an unfortunate thing that in Silicon Valley people of his expertise walk in the streets and the rest of the world struggles to get the access… But anyway thanks to Colin Donohue and the rest of The Startup Grind Team for making Europe-Asia Connect Conference.
To get to my point for years I’ve struggled to understand what was the difference between a startup solving a problem and a startup building a future. …
NOTE: Just a draft. Not finished yet.
Problems (Paul Graham)
Sooooo we’ve launched an online education platform about a month ago. The catch is that courses are conducted via live video calls. Point is to provide quality education compared to other existing models. Classes are small, interactive and they play role of accountability group.
Problem we had was supply/demand balance. Just because courses are live we do not have them in supply once they’re sold out. We have to ask an educator to create multiple courses and have them checked, making sure all is fine. This is totally doable. Standard supply chain management problem. …
‘How will you differentiate yourself if Udemy adds Live Video Courses?’ — She asked.
To provide a little context, our startup was called for an interview at 500 startups. I represent — Qandle — an online P2P marketplace for professional education, where courses are conducted via live video calls.
Everything was going just fine, at least that’s what I think. Until they asked us the question, at the beginning. [PAUSE]
[IMPORTANT] — There are 2 important things that we do at Qandle
1. We provide courses via LIVE Video calls, meaning that learners and educators have the chance to interact with…
Here’s the situation. I’ve created an online learning platform like Udemy. Main difference is courses are conducted via live video calls. No pre-recorded videos.
So my main activities are:
- Reach out to Educators. Tell’em about our platform
- Assist those who are interested in creating course
- Once course is published help Educators sell their courses
At first we didn’t niche down. We approached every type of educator. High school, University, Vocational etc. After weeks of talking with educators we see some trends. Most interested in teaching online are industry professionals and university lecturers. …
As I have observed myself I always try to do things tomorrow. However I don’t consider myself as a lazy person. After thinking and analyzing why and what I do postpone I came to realize: I do postpone things that are not necessary. And even if I try to do a thing, that can wait, today I’m never effective. 30 min job will take 3 hours or the outcome of my work will be BS. Today was a great example of this fact.
Earlier today I applied at Apollo Projects. It’s an investment fund put together by Altman brothers (Sam…
I try to question-pitch supply side potential users. Pitch is short and it goes like this: We’re building an AirBnB type platform for education would you be interested to learn more? In case they are interested I ask them to have a 20 minute conversation with me. 9 times out of 10 they are interested. (To that 1 I do not share the website. Because we ain’t launched yet.)
At the beginning of the call I explain why we’re doing it. I make it very clear that platform is not live yet. I just want them to Sign Up and…
I’ve been reading a book called Upstarts. It’s about Uber, Airbnb and couple other startups. How they got started. How they overcome thousands of obstacles. And many more other details.
Here’s a Quote from Brian Chesky: “You imagine everything to be linear, ‘I’m going to do this, then this is going to happen and this is going to happen.’ You’re imagining steps and they’re progressive. You start, you build it, and you think everyone’s going to care. But no one cares, not even your friends.”
I think this is the worst part about starting a startup. And if there’s anyone who has the same feeling (I certainly do) please just get over it.
Remember: many great founders went through what you’re trying to go through. So just keep your head down, keep moving forward and never quit!
Visit Qandle: https://qandle.ge/
Geographical constraints prevent us from accessing masses in person. Imagine there’s a conference you would want to attend but it’s in different state or a country? Although you can watch a recorded video later on you still can’t get the satisfaction of a live conference.
What if instead of waiting on organizers to make videos public you could attend the virtual conference live. Speakers might pre-record their speech and broadcast it simultaneously in multiple locations via hologram solutions. Just like hologram USA does its job with bringing late celebs back to life.
I’ll try to describe…