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  • Very cool site and platform! As for feedback, I would suggest breaking up the videos into shorter segmented chapters. Short lectures backed up by a take action plan or execution plan creation. Most Entrepreneurs love to learn but want to skip to the good parts first. Solve the why first then show them step by step on how to fix the why. If you guys ever need any help with this I’d love to get involved.
    I am currently working on a resouce site similiar to http://www.startupstash.com and I think it would be a great resource for this site and your members.

    Again, anything I can do to help!

    • mjskok

      Thank you @Speedbag0214:disqus
      Great input thank you! We really agree that the key in the future is to break up the long form content that was originally created from workshops and lectures into more digestible chunks. If you’d be willing to share further thoughts on the “take action plan” and thoughts there, please email tanner@underscore.vc cc info@startupsecrets.com Tanner did a lot of the hard work here so I’d sure he’d be interested to hear both about your offer to help and your site and how to complement it. Much appreciated!

      • Will do, I will send him an email right now to introduce myself.
        I am big fan of giving away the secrets for free because I know that maybe only 2% of those who have the info will go out an execute on it. It sucks that it is the statistic but it is what it is which is why I created my business model the way I did. Again, great stuff here!

      • Felix M Flores

        I think it’s a perfectly digestible chunk, the size of a movie, if you like the movie you’ll get through it non stop. But… it would be nice to have some tags, so you can comeback later on a topic or thought, kind of chronotags… please do not edit or cut anything. I’m grateful to find so clear info. Great Job.
        From Argentina!

  • Ekemini Etuk

    The color used for links on the site makes the text behind those links difficult to read. Perhaps, a more readable color can be introduced.

    • mjskok

      Thank you @ejetuk:disqus – I have to agree! Have shared with our team

      • Ekemini Etuk

        You are welcome @mjskok:disqus . I’m glad to see that changes have been made. Thank you so much for sharing the insights found here on Startup Secrets. They’ve really been invaluable.

  • Johnny Velasquez

    Hi. Do you conduct group workshops? I would be interested in talking about a possible opportunity for entrepreneurial training. Regards, Johnny

    • mjskok

      Johnny, thanks for your interest, yes we do a number of workshops. Please reach out to cory@underscore.vc for details and to share what you’re looking for.

  • Erik van den Wijngaard

    Hi all. I recently came across the Harvard iLab series on youtube and found the clear guidance of the many aspects of starting a business very helpful.

    One topic I missed and which I am personally struggling with is the financial part,
    specifically how much money do I need to get started, sustain and grow. What
    are the ballpark figures to calculate with for office space, furniture, employees,
    patent registration, equipment, and all the items I most likely am missing?

    Most difficulty I have with founder and employee salaries. What is the approach here? Minimum wages with stock options or market conform salaries? And how to divide the stock options? Until which employee do you hand out stock option and where do ‘regular salaried’ jobs start? And what about my own ‘salary’?

    To give you some background. I’m a 46 self-employed consultant living in the Netherlands. I have a mortgage, wife and 3 kids and we are all accustomed to a 100k+ lifestyle. The time I’m currently able to spend on my startup ideas are limited as I’m living from billable hours.

    Although I am currently working on a plan to bootstrap my company I would like to know if it would be feasible to have a startup funded and still maintain an acceptable level if income? Or are there better ways for ‘older’ sole entrepreneurs to start there first venture?

    Thanks for sharing your experience and insights
    Erik

    • mjskok

      Erik, the financial aspects you talk of are significant and would be specific to your individual project, which would require a lot more understanding. I would recommend you find a local startup mentor who has the experience to work through these with you and help you both tease out the learnings for you and also share their experience. In regard to your last question there are no “better” ways to start your first venture, only the right ways for YOU. But with a family to support I’m glad you are thinking this through thoroughly. Wishing you every success with it.

  • Roman Plekan

    @mjskok Hey, Michael!
    Thank you for the great work you have done structurising knowledge.
    You probably know laready, but your life was / is / will be very important,
    not only because of Semantec, but thanks to the ideas you’re spreading, good, that you’re doing.
    I hope I will get a chance to pay the world back for having people like you doing things you do.
    Thank you again

    • mjskok

      Thank you Roman for the feedback – our Statup Secrets team appreciates it!

  • sudhakar kaushik

    Michael,

    Wonderful lectures. I call them lectures in a good way.
    You talked about multifaceted value propositions being challenging. We are working on a product that could at once be positioned for a B2B as well as a B to C. is there any insight as to what is the best way to influence the early stage growth …start with just a B to B or B to C or demonstrate that we can do both? This is a family type product that could absolutely be started at the B to C level (easy to find eary adopters) but we are very tempted by the fact that if we did a B2B play and if we are able to demonstrate the huge advantages there, it could help us break into the huge lock that the larger incumbent competitor companies have in that space. Thanks much, Sudhakar

    • mjskok

      Sudhakar,
      I’d need to understand the specifics of your value proposition to really be able to answer the question. Yet it may help to ask yourself questions like the following as a way to prioritize…

      – who has the greatest pain, the B Business or the C consumer that you’re addressing?
      – what is the logical order to address the market, is it Business or Consumer first?
      – which of these two, Business or Consumer is going to be easier to build your product / solution for
      – (to your point about competition) which of these has less competition, or is more susceptible to a new entrant such as yourself?
      etc.

      The point being if you can pick one market / segment / focal point to go after it is going to make it a lot easier for you to get your business started and build on success.

      Wishing you well with your next steps and thanking you for your feedback!