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Your first startup should be someone else's (downie.com.au)
3 points by toast76 on Jan 7, 2014 | hide | past | favorite | 2 comments

Spot on.

I worked on three different startup ideas unsuccessfully before moving into an existing business. I learned a little in the unsuccessful startups but not a great deal - it's hard to learn when you don't have a great amount of traction / users etc.

When I moved into the existing business suddenly I learned how to sell, how to work with customers, how to position the brand etc.

I wish I'd sucked it up and taken a more junior role sooner - I think I would be further along by now.

Agree with Ned. I worked on an idea (two, even) before starting our current business and, although I learnt a lot from that experience, I don't think it was as much as I'd have learned spending time in a slightly larger, faster-moving, company.

I think the idea of getting real exposure sooner is underrated.

Incidentally, this is why your Startup Apprentice role is so interesting nedwin ;).

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