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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Startups competitions are a lottery

This morning blogs are full of announcement for coming startups competition (see here and here). And while it is always pleasant to see money being thrown at entrepreneurs, I do not believe that this is the best way to help:
The most precious resource for startups is time, and before you rush into one of these competitions you should ask yourself whether it is worth your time. Competitions mean just a few will win, and it is a lottery game because whoever is in the selection committee has their own passions and their own agenda, and you cannot control this.
And then if you get the money, while it feels good you are no closer to getting an actual customer paying for your product or services.
So if you have time for this, fine, but you should not drive your business running from one lottery to the other…

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