People who want to become a founder, what is stopping you from becoming one?

Sreekar Channapragada
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Full disclosure : my team and I are building an application which will have Stories of/by founders, a Game in which you can play the founder of a startup and run it from idea to IPO, a Chat-bot to interact with, where gurus will suggest learning content curated/created by founders (which helped them understand a certain concept for eg. Negotiation) So I'm taking in more feedback to make final changes to it before going live in various phases starting November. Do let me know your thoughts on the same and thankyou.
Not sure how to go about it
Seems too risky
Need investment
Don't have an idea to start with

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I am in my creative crisis. I am in the pursue of that one niche that no one is there for now, but for now it seems to too ambitious plan
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@viktoriarejn I can understand. Would you like to share a bit of it here?
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@sreekar In simple words I am always about doing evrything great or doing nothing. It is my greatest struggle for life that I can not deal with.
Entrepreneur
"too many ideas" should be an option
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@ebrahimkhalil haha i can emapthize with you. So would you say the solution lies somewhere between what you really like to do as well as what the market would be ready to pay for?
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Entrepreneur
@sreekar something like that. nothing like that. i do not really know. my current approach is to just complete the one that is closest to completion.
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@ebrahimkhalil Understood. Thanks for sharing. Also looking forward to your launch!
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@ebrahimkhalil Pick one, focus, put in time, and fail forward
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Entrepreneur
@zach_keck thanks. i like the idea of failing forward :)
French entrepreneur (who at least try)
We had this kind of exercise in my university and I felt a kind of rivalry just for having the right score. Getting a score was more important than the experience in itself. I think it shouldn't be like that for a game mostly for entrepreneurs
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@dervieux_benoit Hey! We ourselves are fighting to find the sweet spot between keeping it competitive at the same time help the user eventually become a founder in real life. Yes, that would mean a user lost everytime they leave the game to start out on their own but at the same time it would be considered a success as well. I will keep in mind what you said and relay it to the team. Also, thanks for sharing your experience.
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French entrepreneur (who at least try)
@sreekar Good luck with your project !
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Energetic Problem Solver
I chose to become one, quit the security of a 9-5 job because it felt like more of a risk not to. I enjoy the Freedom it brings.
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@greg_striblin Freedom! Yes! Isn't it absolutely a wonderful feeling!
Global Business Hacker
Too many ideas and no idea to start with
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@carolline_miranda I hope you find something worth going after. I feel it lies somewhere between what you really want to do and what the market is ready to pay for. Also, just a tip from what I'm doing, I myself am not completely sure if and how much the users will be ready to pay for this product. But I'm ready to adapt the product to user needs to keep it sustainable as long as it doesn't go against my purpose and my principles. Also, thanks for sharing!
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Chef
In general I have founded things, but it's a different market this time which is being a blocker. DTC is not well established where I am and finding the specific resources needed is hard here
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@aaronoleary very interesting and I'm sure you'll definitely find a way. Could you please expand a bit on the problem you are facing, so that I and others like me who're doing this for the first time can learn from? Thanks alot for sharing.
Python & Vue Developer
"Founder" is just a title.
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@anyfactor you're absolutely right. But for most it's an identity shift.
I'm UX designer and entrepreneur
Meeting the right people at the right time can help. For me, I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur and try to found something great. I started my first project a few months ago thanks to a mentor and inspiring people who help me break down barriers. (like you mention in your survey) Talk to the people who can help you take the first step and the newt one.. is great to stop to thinking and start to found something without knowing it. 😃
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@sylvain_dore75 hey yes I agree talking to people who've walked the path definitely helps and finally it's on you to jump into entrepreneurship. Thanks for sharing!
I have founded things but it's a different market this time is being a blocker. Is not well established where I am and finding the special resources needed is hard to believe that you are my life is here..
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@drx_v_bhugwade I'm not sure what you mean. Would you like to elaborate a bit?
Love building things that fix problems.
For all the people who don't have an idea, I will be your personal idea generator for you.
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@chris_wray awesome!
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Building Clapup.me
Most people will go under a comfort zone when they get a job. They do routine things and can't come out of that zone until you are desperate of being an entrepreneur.
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@sreekanth850 very well said. Would you say that the want to be an entrepreneur is innate but the need is created through tough situations?
Building Clapup.me
@sreekar Not all, it depends, 99% will keep going with what they are. The world had changed a lot. Building something and reaching people is easy these days. So if you cant do this now you may not do it forever.
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Co-founder at 8infinity
Community Manager
Another option should be "have a full-time job!" There are always people who have side projects, they just haven't arrived at a point where they can turn into main projects.
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@hannahsuyun yes so true. What do you think people want which would be enough for them to leave their full-time job and work on their idea whole & sole?
Solving problems, one step at a time.
Personally I'm finding a community/audience to build a product for, rather than just building a product and hoping someone likes it. So it's not that I'm not working towards being a founder, but rather I'm working slower in hopes of building something that lasts.
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@fastflowz understood and that's a really nice way of going about it. Have you set yourself some timeline for this?
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Solving problems, one step at a time.
@sreekar tbh no. I've got a lot going on personally and professionally outside of my interest in being a founder. It's been very refreshing working at something I'm passionate about with no timeline or expecations. It's something I get to do, not something that I have to do. Definitely not your target market as there's nothing really stopping me lol
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Co-founder at 8infinity
@fastflowz haha. You seem to have struck the balance between peace and productivity. All the very best!
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