Four Ways to Fail as a Startup

An excerpt from Four ways to make sure your startup flops by Jim Flowers:

These four tips, if you follow them carefully, can almost guarantee that your startup business will fail. Fast and cheap are always relative.

Come late to the party. Nobody notices that you have arrived. 

Copy the most successful competitor.  It's the music that sells, not the band.  I have hundreds of CDs by bands I've never seen in person.

Don't sweat the details.   Attorneys and accountants are always crying wolf, just to grab some big fees.  Charge ahead.  You can always clean up any small messes later.  Right?

Don't try very hard.  After all, the libraries are full of biographies of famous people who became incredibly successful by dabbling in things on a part-time basis.


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