An idea for a new democracy

A late night back in 2011 I got caught up in the Chelsea Manning case.
(In case you haven’t followed it, Aclu.com has made a timeline of the case.)

In short, Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) leaked nearly three-quarters of a million classified and sensitive military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks in 2010. She was faced with 22 different charges – many under the espionage act and was facing up to 136 years in prison. But she wasn’t convicted of “aiding the enemy” which brought her sentence down to 35-years. But On May 17, Chelsea Manning was released from military prison after her sentence was commuted by former President Obama in his last week in office. She has been incarcerated for seven years — far less than the 35 years to which she was sentenced, but longer than any whistleblower in U.S. history..

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What to do with your business idea

Alright, so you got a business idea – and it’s genius!

Perfect!

Here’s what I think you should do from here:

  1. Find out if anyone has already thought about you idea
  2. When you idea comes to life, will you be your own customer?
  3. Do you have an edge?
  4. Who do you build the company with?
  5. Do you know how you will generate revenue?
  6. Get feedback from experienced people

Here’s what I think you should do now!

(A lot of entrepreneurs will say that the idea itself isn’t worth much – and what matters is the team, the execution, and the grind.

While that makes a lot of sense, I think it’s critical to not to undermine the importance of the idea and the problem you want to solve, because the idea and the problem you want to solve, should be what brought you and your team together.

Your team should have a common understanding of the problem, your solution to it and a trust in the execution of it.)

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