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Dilbert: Startup idea (dilbert.com)
129 points by 7402 on Sept 11, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 27 comments

Another great startup/app development Dilbert:


Haha this is great. If I had a penny for everytime someone came to me like this, well I'd only have a few pennies. But still, it happens way too often.

Money. Ideas. Engineering. Pick 2.

Which combo has the greatest chance of success?

Money chosen twice.

Money and Ideas can buy engineering. Engineering and Ideas might be able to raise or make money. Engineering and Money may have a bad idea. Money and Ideas wins.

Let's hope you buy the right engineers.

His idea may not even involve engineering, or just regular professional programmers may be plenty.

The one with business skills.

This monday I had the most amazing startup meeting of my life. The founder had found out a niche that some deliverable software could serve. She had a business plan, good idea how to sell and for how much. Not a single viral, cloud, uber for ashly madisoned cats or other types of stuff. Very refreshing.

"Ideas are just a multiplier of execution"

> To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.


That's what investors want you to believe. In fact, it's the other way around. Execution multiplies idea.

Ask any rich guy, wall street investor, they'll tell you the most scarce property in the world is idea, including the very idea that influencing everyone to downplay the importance of ideas.

Doing is a commodity since centuries ago. Better execution is just another form of idea, but become cheaper overtime.

This. Downplaying the importance of ideas is a popular sentiment and is true to a large extent but there is a devilish side to it. Saying that execution is all that matters feels good to a professional engineer because this is what he does all day and what he is good at. Sadly, unused idea-generation skills slowly deteriorate (arguably this process begins in school when you are handed your first homework). So it is important to exercise these skills now and then by generating some ideas (however small) which are your own and not handed to you by some "idea guy"! (and of course execute them to the point when they come into contact with reality)

Maybe only tangentially related, but I'm in the middle of reading Scott Adams' book "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" [0] and I've been really enjoying it so far. He's got some good unconventional advice about systems over goals, managing time and energy, and acquiring many skills to bolster your chances of success, among other things.

[0] http://amzn.com/1591847745 (not an affiliate link)

I've got a startup idea. We design and build self-driving cars that tirelessly roam the streets to find the self-driving cars of all our competitors and crash into them until all the other self-driving-car companies pay us a ransom to stop all the 'self-driving-car accident' news stories.

Sadly, a lot of people think that only ideas matter. Too bad for them, because ideas worth nothing. Don't you think?

Ideas aren't worth nothing. Most startups suffer from being bad ideas - and not in the "so-bad-it's-good" way that pg talked about. They're slightly tweaked copies of another idea, or something where there just isn't any money.

Every startup starts off as a bad idea. That's kinda the point of the lean process: you've got to start somewhere but you have no idea what your customers actually want. So you do a whole bunch of experiments to find out what they do want.

Doing the experiments takes engineers and money, which are important. The idea you start with is not. This is why investors invest in teams not ideas.

Idea's are worth a nickel. Execution is worth millions.

(I can't remember who originally said that, but Ive remembered it. Might have been Spolsky?)

But a company willing to change as they see the need is likely to have at least some success. A willingness to change is worth half a dozen ideas.

That, exactly. You start with a maybe-bad idea, start executing and learning, and refine your way to a good idea.

But there are no successful startups that are actually bad ideas. Bad ideas with money are just walking corpses.

Hey, I'm an engineer. All I need is an investor and an idea. Anyone?

Hey, I'm an engineer. All I need is an investor. Anyone? ;-)

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