Assaf Ben-DavidMentor, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Public Speaker
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Experienced Startup Mentor, Commercial lawyer, Lecturer & public speaker. I've helped over 300 entrepreneurs & 100+ startups. Taught tens of courses and given hundreds of talks. Founder of the Legal Clinic for Startups.



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Hi
I work with a lot of startups. You're welcome to contact me so that I can get to you know better and help connect you with them. I'm also currently working with a friend on starting our own startup (after completing a previous one). He is also very talented (programmer / Data analyst and other skills), so if we all meet and get along, maybe you can join us in the process.
Good luck


Hi
First of all: good luck.
Second, I think you need to be a little more specific in what type of help you need. I am more than happy to schedule a call and give you some advice for the initial stages, but you should try focus what exactly you need help with.
A few general pointers for now:
1. First check if there is a need for such a service (see my answer about idea validation here: https://clarity.fm/questions/6423/how-do-you-do-market-research)
2. Once you have the construction equipment (or a general agreement with other companies who will provide the equipment), create a website using one of the free website creation platforms like Wix, Wordpress, Weebly and others.
3. Launch a mini-marketing campaign to see how people are responding.
4. Reach conclusions from the above, try and improve what needs to be improved (website, landing page, ads etc...) and then repeat marketing campaign.

I've successfully helped over 396 entrepreneurs, startups and businesses, and I would be happy to help you. After scheduling a call, please send me some background information so that I can prepare in advance - thus giving you maximum value for your money. Take a look at my reviews: https://clarity.fm/assafben-david

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You have hundreds of mentors here on Clarity, so I'm not exactly sure what else your looking for. Maybe you can elaborate and then I'd be able to try and assist.
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Try getting someone famous (in relevance to your target/desired audience) to post that they are on your platform (be sure to make sure that the platform works and gives value before approaching them - otherwise nothing you do will work).
p.s.: before launching, did you actually check that there was a need for this platform (no offence, but this is crucial to know before)?
I've successfully helped over 380 entrepreneurs, startups and businesses, and I would be happy to help you. After scheduling a call, please send me some background information so that I can prepare in advance - thus giving you maximum value for your money. Take a look at my reviews: https://clarity.fm/assafben-david


The traction section needs to show your business' growth (in sales, users, subscribers...) on a monthly and/or yearly basis. You can take numbers from other similar industries or competitors and use those to project your specific business numbers in a fairly accurate way. For example, e-commerce websites usually (depends on the field/products) has a conversion rate of 1%-2%. If you know how many people will be visiting your website each month (based on marketing budget for example), you can tell how many of them will become buyers/subscribers.
The above is a general description - but it depends on your specific business. Also, if you are creating a startup (not a regular brick and mortar store), then DONT do a business plan, rather create a BMC (Business Model Canvas).

I've successfully helped over 380 entrepreneurs, startups and businesses, and I would be happy to help you. After scheduling a call, please send me some background information so that I can prepare in advance - thus giving you maximum value for your money. Take a look at my reviews: https://clarity.fm/assafben-david


Hi,
These are the 3 most important first steps (all are related to validating your idea - meaning checking that there truly is a need for it):
1. Online research with D"r Google :-).
2. Offline research: ask as many people as possible what they think of "the" idea. Not YOUR idea. You need to ask them in a way that allows them to give honest feedback and the only way to do that is either by telling them it is someone else's idea ("my friend has this idea and he wants me to join him...") or by criticizing it yourself so they too feel comfortable to do so.
3. Validation: create a very initial working version and test the waters. read more about this here: https://clarity.fm/questions/6423/how-do-you-do-market-research
It is crucial that you do the above before spending a lot of time and money on an idea.
Feel free to reach out if you need more help.
Good luck!


Hey,
1. If your product/software requires above 50 hours of programming then you don't need to worry about anyone 'stealing' your idea. This rarely happens.
2. Ideas are a dime a dozen. The difficult part is the execution (and marketing).
3. If your product/service can be created in a number of hours, you might want to reconsider as this means that the entry barrier/uniqueness is very low and this will be a problem for investors.
The above is a generalization because I don't know exactly which product you have so I can't be 100% sure.

Good luck


Hi,
First of all, the fact that you want to first validate it and not just rush off and do it is excellent and means that you're already 10 steps ahead of the pack!
I'm happy to try and help. Take a look at one of my past responses, and if you still need help we can set up a call.
https://clarity.fm/questions/6423/how-do-you-do-market-research
Good luck


You ask a great question. Yes, it is possible to combine other services or create an existing service, and you might still succeed. But to be accurate, almost all of the companies that you mentioned did in fact solve a problem and/or have something unique about them that was unique enough to bring users.
For example: Skype was among the first systems at the time (being first...), Signal skyrocketed recently because they provide complete privacy which became a big issue after FB announced that they were officially getting all the info from users on Whatsapp (so privacy = unique), WeChat was targeted at the Chinese market at a time where the other big players weren't in China (so right time at the right place = unique).
Bottom line, you either need to solve an actual problem/pain, or be extremely lucky and be in the right time at the right place and have the right connections/community.
Good luck


Most expenses (in most countries) that are directly related to the advancing your business are tax deductible. For example, marketing on FB or Google Ads, using an attorney or other counsel - like on clarity.
Good luck


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