Years before starting Joblr, I thought that all you need is a great idea. From there building a successful business is a matter of execution I thought. Learning, getting the right people onboard and being rigorous enough is something I can do.
Last year the time finally came, I got hit by THE idea. I could finally get to work on the next part of my life. Needless to say that this initial idea didn’t last long and that we’ve since changed course several times. It’s what startups do.
Startups aren’t built on ideas, they are built on vision. Vision is that kick in the butt that gets you started. It’s the why. It’s that thing you’re fighting for. It’s that strong vision you have for a better world.
Vision alone is insufficient though, without a market and real customers to buy into it, your vision is only a dream. This is what lean startups have understood and why they get out of the building and talk to customers to validate their vision before building a product.
Finally startups are built on people. It’s when you have the perfect combination of skills, vision and experience that you can make it. No wonder why finding the right co-founder or first employees is so hard.
Ideas don’t get you anywhere until you do something about it. Try selling your idea to your biggest competitor and see what happens… Focus on customers and people, ideas change along the way and really don’t matter all that much.