It takes a village – Running (and maintaining) a tech startup

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Getting a startup of any kind off the ground is never easy, but being the mind behind a tech startup is a whole different ball game. If the industry is complex, the intricacies are even more so. To get a tech startup off the ground and running, there are all the obvious processes, like payments and business licenses and borrowing money from reputable money lenders or hiring a software development company. But to run a tech startup, entrepreneurs and established business leaders alike must think ahead and think of many moving parts all at the one time. A startup that is centered around technology is focused on matters that are far more intricately woven than that of, say, a clothing store. For retail businesses, a lot of the systems and processes in place have been designed and built already – all one must do is personalise or cater them towards their specific business model. But when it comes to a technology business, a lot of the technical work is forged by them in the process of figuring out their business model. It is a tricky tightrope to walk, but it is one that continues to become more popular as technology as an industry continues to carve a more deeply-ingrained path into the future of the world.

Technology has been widely praised as being the hallmark for success and innovation going into the future. With the industry being such a hot commodity, it is not at all surprising that countless tech startups are coming out of the woodwork, vying for a spot in the industry’s hall of fame. Technology is hailed as being one of the most profound successes of human advancement. Through technology, we have been given light, global connectivity, and a chance to bring Earth back from the brink of the devastation our species single handedly caused. Tech startups are the lifeblood of the industry, pushing against the boundaries and aiming at new heights every other day. But running a tech startup is hard work, and there is no sense in denying this. Instead of denying it, what we can do is strive for a stronger understanding of what it takes to keep these startups flourishing – after all, if they are the lifeblood now, they will surely be the innovators and movements that keep the planet running smoothly in the future.

The key to ensuring the ongoing longevity and ultimate success of a tech startup is forward thinking. Instability will be the heart of the tech startup for months, maybe even years, before it evens out and begins to form the structure of an established business model. Sacrifices are made far more often and to a far greater magnitude when one is trying to get a tech startup off the ground. Investor meetings carry far more weight when what you need investment in is the technology that has the potential to gratify the entire future. Sacrifice is inevitable when running a startup, but taking steps to minimise the sacrifices being made can make all the difference in the world.

Forward thinking comes in many forms. Sometimes it means hiring others to take care of the aspects of the business that you know need work, but that you do not have either the time nor the proficiency to deal with accurately and responsibly. And sometimes it means having the forethought to hire not just for the now, but for the future – even if that means taking longer to recruit the right people for the jobs. Hiring members of the team that can work both as part of a team and as capable individuals, as well as part of a tech startup and an established empire.

The technology industry has been on the up and up for years now, building more momentum as time goes on and reaping the benefits of it at the same time. While it is obvious that the technology industry has made leaps and bounds of profound measures since its inception, the reality is that the potential for impact is far greater than we can possibly imagine. For every successful tech startup, there are five that crashed and burned within their first year into production. And most (if not all) of them have failed – at least in part – due to their blatant disregard for forward thinking. Having a plan for the future only works if you have a structure in place to see you into that future – it is not about the destination, but rather the journey, as they say.

Technology is one of the most intricate, tricky industries to have a strong grasp on. For a lot of business owners, the ins and outs of technologies are too difficult to understand easily, and so they simply stop trying to understand them, instead choosing to pay for others to take care of those aspects for them. Forward-thinking is vital to tech startups if they want to continue on beyond their first year of inception and well into the future. With so much potential in the palms of the hands of entrepreneurs that want to change the world, taking that potential and spinning it into gold, turning tech startups into global empires that change the world is the ultimate end game.

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