How to Launch Your Startup in 16 Easy Steps (Infographic)

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19 comments ↓

#1 Thomas on 01.27.11 at 7:15 am

And I thought, you’d need to have a product. Stupid me… ;-)

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#3 markee174 on 01.27.11 at 9:52 am

No compelling pitch or raising millions from Angel investors as step one?

And where is the Myspace strategy? You need to hit every possible outlet.

#4 markee174 on 01.27.11 at 9:58 am

And you need to take a huge trade stand at at least one major show for maximum visual impact…

#5 Rob Mills on 01.27.11 at 10:02 am

I like the simple direction, it’s good. Out of curiousity did you create the image? The reason I ask is #7 instructs us to have a free plan whereas your most popular post is titled “Why Free Plans Don’t Work”.

Ryan O'Neill Reply:

Somebody missed the joke ;)

Rob Mills Reply:

Ya, I guess I did.

Rob Reply:

I did create this graphic, but it’s intended more as a satire than anything else.

#6 Shane on 01.27.11 at 12:21 pm

You forgot step 0: Spend 6-18 months in secret building a product (and make sure you don’t show it to anyone, b/c they will steal the idea you know…)

Rob Reply:

LOL…you’re absolutely right.

markee174 Reply:

In fact don’t ever tell your customers what the product is in case they give it away to some mythical competitor

#7 Jack on 01.27.11 at 6:18 pm

Also, be sure to spam your mailing list with advertisements for pocket change.

#8 Jacob T on 01.28.11 at 3:07 am

What a great entertaining read. Its the infographic of sad truths.

The kittens in steam rollers comment made me laugh. I hate it when people roll together step 4 with steps 12 & 13, making every tweet and post they make come from automated notifications that the site updated.

#9 Dan on 01.28.11 at 5:25 am

Great list Rob. The sharpest observation is the title. I sure I’m gonna see the blog article 8 reasons why numbered lists are the most powerful psychological tool since electronic deep brain stimulation and poledancing. Personally I need to read 12 reasons why I dont have to run screaming down the street if I see another numbered list article.

#10 Andy Brice on 01.28.11 at 9:39 am

Heh. If anyone has a video of a chihuaha being fired from a trebuchet, please post a link (I’ll pass on the kitten vs steamroller video).

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#13 Garrett Moon on 02.12.11 at 3:47 pm

Have definitely committed each of these at one time or another. I love number 11. Brilliant!

#14 Oli Gardner on 02.21.11 at 6:04 am

Love, love love the sarcasm… nuff said.