Entrepreneurship meetup notes

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” –Howard Aiken

Last week I attended two entrepreneurship meetups: NJTech and Startup Newark. I love being surrounded by the passion, energy, and creativity that emanates from members.

I thought of the above Howard Aiken quote as people chatted over beer about how and when we should share our ideas when we are working on startups. In my experience so far, the tech startup community has been very open, honest, and collaborative, and that’s one of the many reasons I love it. We’re all working to help users. We’re all passionate. We’re all excited for what’s to come next in tech and in business.

Here are some tips/lessons people shared at the Startup Newark meetup:

  • Ideas are the easy part – execution is the tricky part
  • Understand when you are NOT the expert, and be ready to hire someone to help you out
  • Be confident, and to a degree “fake it til you make it”
  • Read voraciously about your industry, trends, hot topics
  • Bring someone into the biz that can be accountable and drive towards results for your business
  • Must reads: “The Art of the Start,” “The Four Steps to the Epiphany,” & “The Lean Startup

I just started The Lean Startup today.