Category: Starting a Business

Pick one thing

In New York City, there is no shortage of restaurants that serve just one meal. From mac and cheese places to peanut butter

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Rebel entrepreneurs live and work by a very straight-forward but effective philosophy: pick one thing and do it well. Rebel entrepreneurs work to make their

Rebel entrepreneurs know that it all starts with desire! Our brains have been biologically optimised to help us achieve our goals, especially if they are

It all starts with desire

Desire plays a huge role in the realisation of a rebel entrepreneur’s path. That primal, all encompassing urge to succeed feeds our initial

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Oscar Wilde

I was eating a meal recently and noticed tables of people celebrating. When the waiter brought out a cake with burning sparklers to

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Future

I spent most of my adolescence in detention. From a young age – even though I was considered ‘clever’ – I was constantly

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Passion

Money was my motivation in my early days as an entrepreneur. In hindsight, this was the single biggest mistake I made in my

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Timing

In 2007, two broke roommates, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia realised that if they couldn’t raise enough money for rent on their San

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A rebel entrepreneur is very aware of the right timing for trends happening in society, and if applicable, launches their product or service when they can

A rebel entrepreneur isn't afraid. If the promise of reward is not enough to motivate you into taking that plunge, then try changing your motivation to fear

Afraid

In 2015, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis wanted to determine which is a more effective motivator – the carrot (the promise

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Innovation without money

When 3D4Medical started off, I was operating entirely on a shoestring. We had just one employee – me – who worked from the

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Innovation without money is possible, in fact, there’s never been a better time to start a business on a budget. Leaving aside the numerous app stores

For a rebel entrepreneur, imagination is the key, a vital source of innovation and, ultimately, proof that even the most outlandish ideas can become reality

Imagination is the key

When Star Trek first debuted, it gained a cult-following who were charmed by the innovative technology that took centre stage. Many Trekkies maintain

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Do it for freedom

“Your salary is the bribe they give you to forget your dreams.” – Chrisjan Peters As you read this, you might be stuck

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Rebel entrepreneurs are able to take that plunge and do it for freedom. They work when they want, where and how they want. They don't do it for money.

Money

Which makes for a better business – selling a product or a service? I happen to have experience in both. I was the

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Each project is completed you must begin again. There are less limitations in the sale of products. Products have the potential to earn you money while

Pitch short

The average human attention span is short, and, according to a 2015 survey by Microsoft, it’s only getting shorter. In the study, 2,000

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Rebel entrepreneurs craft their product with simplicity in mind, and this makes the act of pitching easier. They develop their product knowing that if they

As a rebel entrepreneur, more often than not, the only direction for you to move in is against the tide of the crowd. Rebel entrepreneurs are different

Different

When I first told people about my vision for 3D4Medical, they laughed at me. I was a broke outsider who disliked authority and

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Rebel entrepreneurs realize that they thrive in the face of fear and the unknown. It's only when they take that jump, that they understand what they are

Jump

Reid Hoffman – the founder of LinkedIn – once said: “Starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and trying to assemble

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A loveable product can be judged not by what it is, but by what it is not. They lack friction points - or anything that prompts frustration or confusion.

Loveable product

After years of grafting and sleepless nights, I finally felt ready to launch our product. We were given a great opportunity to launch

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Simple

Before it was called Instagram, it was called Burbn. With this app, users could share photos, connect with friends, earn points and check-in

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When you develop a product or service, endeavour to make it both easy to use and explain. Make it simple. If you are unable to capitulate what your product

A rebel entrepreneur understands their own worth. They take control of their own destiny. If they have to temporarily work for a boss, they are aware that

Control your own destiny

I remember the exact moment I made the decision to become an entrepreneur. I was 18, working in the US on a Christmas

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