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The Start up Annual

A book published once a year, focused on sharing new start up's and stories

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Written by DeletedUser

The Start up annual is focused on sharing stories in the start up world so new business can learn from others. It would be released every year and you could have one for each city.

How will your concept support web entrepreneurship?

Learning from other start up's

What kinds of resources will be needed to get this concept off the ground and scale it?

This could be funded by the government to help inspire others to start a business.

How could we get started?

Speak to a publishing company to see if they would be interested in publishing a book on start ups. Speak to a few start up's to see if they would like to share their story

Evaluation results

13 evaluations so far

1. How well does this concept address a significant pain point felt by European web start-ups?

This is a major pain point for European start-ups - 15.4%

This is a "nice to have" but not a serious pain point - 84.6%

I really don't know - 0%

2. How novel do you think the concept is?

Never seen it before - very novel! - 23.1%

This is common in some places but not in many parts of Europe - 15.4%

This is not novel but a good iteration - 53.8%

There are already other solutions out there that address this problem - 7.7%

3. How easy is this concept to implement and maintain?

It could be implemented quickly and easily maintained - 23.1%

It could be implemented quickly but will require regular updates to ensure it is accurate and relevant - 61.5%

It is a big undertaking and would need a lot of support and cooperation from people and organisations to make it happen and to maintain it - 15.4%

4. What type of organisation is best placed to take this forward?

The European Commission should own this one - 30.8%

This belongs with member state governments (e.g., the UK, Belgium, etc) - 0%

This is best being owned by a private company - 38.5%

This feels like a non-profit - 23.1%

This is a start-up itself! - 7.7%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

It rocked my world! - 23.1%

I liked it but preferred others - 46.2%

It didn’t get me overly excited - 30.8%


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Photo of James McBennett

Would love to see a Feltron Annual Report visual data analysis mixed with stories and experiences of startups.

Great idea! It would be interesting to see who you could partner with to get the idea out whether it be media, government or VC's that might fund/sponsor the project too. Could there be a local report for every city that you provide a platform to make it really easy for each city to make their own in a common branding and analysis, a little like TEDx independently organised, this would be independently organised annual report.

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Canny builds, James!

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Oh, Feltron-like reports are a lovely idea, James! How might we make it something people treasure and re-read, not just read and toss? TBH I think there is value in either path.... whatever gets people buzzing!

Photo of Sana Altaf

Great suggestion James
I think partnering with schools and colleges can also be a cool way to start, I say this because colleges like NYU Poly hosts incubators for many array of companies and individuals.

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There was a like-minded book i read this year that had a similar premise. It broke some of the coolest current startups by industry and told their stories including strengths and challenges.

Additionally, there is this book that tells the startup stories behind some of the most recognizable companies of today.

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Failures are many times better lessons that successes. It would be interesting to pair this idea with other ideas, such as accelerators or co-work spaces, to study the progress of start-ups year-after-year. Where do people get stuck? What was the key turning point for each company? Where do you get your advisers or board members? What do yo know now, that you wish you knew then? What gets measured gets managed. Measure the progress of start-ups and share them with others. If the 366 inspirations are any indication of the expanding field of web entrepreneurship, tracking new start-ups and pulling data out of them in aggregate could be very useful to those who come next.

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I'd happily have this concept as the handout/manual for my TED+ concept... ;-)

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Great concept, Jeremy. Love the builds Denny. I see two needs here:

1. celebrating start-ups - even just for starting-up, never mind if they succeed or fail

2. helping start-ups learn from others' experiences

Does it need one book or two?

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Could be interesting to have 2 Amy: One for celebrating little known start-ups and the second maybe could be a 'lessons learned' supplement.. this idea reminds me of The Black List ( which is an annual list of Hollywood's most liked unproduced screenplays. What is cool about this list is that if your movie gets placed on it, a lot of the films will actually then get made!

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One if the things I like about this is that it would allow us to observe the changes over time of the kind of start-ups which would feature. I'm sure we'd get a few laughs a decade down the line – like if you think back to when some folks thought CD-Roms were going to take over :^) But also to track changes to social drivers, challenges and motivators, etc.

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Love this idea about observing start-up trends and being a method of data collection! This also reminds me of IDEO's Tom Hulme's thought about the importance of creating new methods of data collection: