In today’s link roundup: how to line up the right customers ahead of a startup launch; the story of a man who has made millions hauling other peoples’ junk; the bad-mouth blues; and the fine line between fear and courage.
Finding Customers Ahead of a Startup Launch — Entrepreneur
Lining up buyers in advance of launch can be challenging for a new company. But finding the right ones–and capitalizing on them–can go a long way toward ensuring early success.
This Guy Quit His Consulting Job To Haul People’s Junk, And Is Now Making Millions — Business Insider
Friedman then decided to abandon his cubicle and invest all his time in College Hunks Hauling Junk. He’s since been named one of the top 30 under 30 by Inc Magazine alongside Mark Zuckerberg, and has been featured on shows like Shark Tank and Oprah. System-wide revenue is expected to reach $10 million this year.
“There’s always going to be a need, or a pain, that can be improved upon,” says Friedman. “Anything that solves somebody’s headaches or frustrations is a solution, and solutions are businesses.”
Bad-Mouth Blues: 75% of Departing Employees Will Not Recommend Former Employer — The Low Down Blog
That such an overwhelming proportion have negative views of their former employers means that business management itself is under an indictment of sorts. Winning 75% of the votes in an election would be a humiliating landslide defeat for the loser. Businesses need to assess the implications. With another economic downturn looming, business may need public support – but the public has no appetite for a rescue of those it believes poorly treated them the last time around.
The Fine Line Between Fear and Courage — Ben Howowitz’s Blog
Over the past 10 years, technological advances dramatically lowered the financial bar for starting a new company, but the courage bar for building a great company remains as high as it has ever been.
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