Thursday, February 7, 2008

What would you want to know ?

Startups, Carnival, Australian, Technology TrendsIn our previous post, it has been outlined the reasons for the start of this new initiative. Now to set the ball rolling , the first thing we are doing is we are asking everyone to tell us what they would like to know and learn from the owners/ people behind startups/ventures. We have compiled a list of queries/questions which will be useful for everyone, esp aspiring entrepreneurs. These queries/questions are listed below; please let us know what you think of these queries. If you want to add or remove question/queries or have suggestions then let us know by contacting us or drop in your comments here. All the information collected will be published here.
Questions/Queries we think will be useful to know :
  • Please tell us about your start-up/venture/company?
  • Who are the founders behind this and how it started?
  • How long it took before it was up and running?
  • What stage of your start-up is, stealth mode, beta mode or fully functional.
  • What is the main objective/mission behind your venture?
  • What services it provides it for consumer or customers?
  • What is unique about your venture?
  • What market segment verticals you are targeting at?
  • Type of customers you are targeting at?
  • The age group of people who will get benefit the most?
  • How many users are using your services?
  • What sort of marketing strategy you are using to spread the word?
  • How are you measuring the success of your venture? Are their any special mechanisms/tools are in place to monitor the progress?
  • What is the monetizing/revenue model? Is there any new model which is being tried?
  • Which are the main competitors or major players in this market segment?
  • What are the main technologies used behind this start-up?
  • What has been the most easy to use, out of box and helpful technology?
  • Are you using lot of open source tool sets for this?
  • What is your operating environment (operating system) and what type of database you are using.
  • How often do you catch up with others trying similar things and where do you catch up. Do you have dedicated communities in your city?
  • How much money is needed upfront to start a venture?
  • What are the main barriers for people start the venture in Australia?
  • What are your thoughts on the future trends of your service and market segment you are in?
  • Do you have any advice for people who want to flourish the dream of starting a new venture ?

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