Garage Startup Life Vol. 3: Connections Are Crucial
Working out of the garage you're not going to see many people.You need to get out of the garage and network! • Never be afraid to talk to the person in the hallway.
I've saved thousands of dollars by talking with someone who I literally bumped into in the hallway. One encounter introduced me to a State government subsidized commercial product design program. This program meant I didn't have to hire a staff of engineers. The State already hired them for all of us for a fraction of the cost. • Throw your business card "into the hat" for any attended event.
I toss my business card "into the hat" at every event I attend. One time I got the chance to have my pitch critiqued by Daymond John of ABC's Shark Tank. You never know, at worst you might get a free lunch. • Find people you don't know at an event and talk WITH them.
Don't talk "to" somebody you don't know at a function, talk "with" people you don't know at functions. One person I talked with at an event introduced new technology that caused me to pivot my business. You never know what you might learn. • If you hear about a business that might help your startup advance go "stick your foot in the door". Now I mean actually go and do it.
I tried to catch a potential customer at a series of event but to no avail. Finally just walked into their offices and asked for someone to talk with. Now we are working on putting together a pilot system.
These actions may feel awkward at first. Soon you'll start making connections that will help in the future.
You never know where connections will lead your startup life. If you don't get out and network you're just sitting in the garage, looking at the walls.
Garage Startup Life Vol. 2: Why 'Failure Is Not An Option"? I am sick of the startup world saying failing is cool. It's even been glorified as a "badge of honor" which makes no sense. They think somehow failing equals progress.
Progress is only made when you learn.
The Silicon Valley mantra 'Fail Fast, Fail Often' does not to help garage startups. It's just a great excuse to blow through loads of investment capital with little or nothing to show it. In most cases there’s no way to tell if any progress really happened. Failing without learning is really just, ... FAILING!
The difference is a garage startup doesn't have investor capital to burn. If they fail, they're screwed!
Garage startups seek out and learn points of failure before they happen. Now I'm not blind to the fact you will fail at some aspect of the startup. It's only when you prepare for failure and learn from it that real progress can be made. Edison failed at least 1,000 times in the development of the light bulb. Every time he failed he learned what wouldn't work.
Come out for a FREE evening of cool new bike tech and live demos Monday June 12th at @_gaatlanta in @poncecitymarket ! All part of the week long @atlcyclingfest .
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Some people know this view. Most people walk by without a second thought. To the entrepreneur working out of their home garage this is an opportunity goldmine.
For past two years I've sat here and listened. I've heard people celebrate milestones, work through presentation jitters, and agonize over funding drying up.
One thing I've noticed is that there is no right time to make an introduction. You just have to walk up and say "Hi", "Hello", or just "What's up?". By listening you will learn.
Now don't be mistaken. By stepping into the situation you have to think on your feet. The key is, if you persist in your efforts you will have success.
You never know what's going to happen so put yourself in a position to make things happen. @atltechvillage#garagestartup
Thank you to Woodstock, GA and @gpalliance TrailFest for a great day. We secured over $6,000 in bicycles with just the pictures shown here! Looking forward to keeping more bicycles safe while you go have fun. #secure#bicycle#parking#iot#smartcity
Top 10 Internet of Things Companies Disrupting the Transportation Industry
By Cas Proffitt of Disruptor Daily (05/02/2017)
ParkENT Cycles is an Atlanta Metro-based startup that focuses on combining the IoT with a simple solution to a common issue. ParkENT has developed an electronically locking bike rack that responds to RFID or smartphone input. The device is designed to minimize bike theft, and give cyclists a time-effective and safe way to store their bike, given the frequency with which bike locks or stands are cut.