An article / interview on one of the projects I currently manage called TwiMarket.com (also covered a couple of times in previous articles on this blog) was recently published on the leading Romanian website on IT startup projects. The main points covered are that we capitalize on the growing success of Twitter and the fact that the project originated from a team formed at OpenCoffee Bucharest. We talk about the concept behind the website, how we got it to the current development phase and what we intend to do marketing-wise to get more awareness around the project and get a sufficient number of fresh ads to make people stick to our service. A large part of the interview consists of the advantages of a hobby project and how this it is going to help us in our other businesses.
The interview can be read at http://www.startups.ro/node/2107. It is written in Romanian language, but can be easily translated using Google Language Tools.
The current economic climate is considered falsely by some as a bad moment for entrepreneurship. I can tell from experience and from talking with many top entrepreneurs that this could not be a better time to start new businesses.
Below I will list some of the top reasons why you should start now your new business and what you should avoid.
- Everything is at a discount (even people).
- Starting now makes you a smarter entrepreneur.
- There are new opportunities on the market.
- Some markets have extended to allow new players to enter.
- Limited monetary resources to start the business.
- Some people and companies have limited willing to pay for products and services.
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