What's a Startup, actually?
Long time lurker, now engaging with one of my favorite platforms of all time; Hello, hello. You may be wondering to yourself right now, "is this a trick question?" Well, no. I'm trying to find an answer to a question I'm not quite sure has a definitive, but definitely has a 'flavor'. That flavor sets precedent for what a community upholds as things Makers Make, and things...that don't live here. Yup, I'm that annoying guy. I do this everywhere. My bad. Let me explain: As a long-time lurker of Product Hunt, a weird weeb freelancer, and someone whose been building websites since the 90s, I've been around the block a few times. I saw the rise of the modern usage for Startup at its onus, and several things always stuck out to me: - It's brand-spanking new - Usually the Startup climbs the VC ladder, or goes grassroots on community, which is always nice to see succeed - It's a product or service or some sort, facilitated mostly digitally, sometimes hardware oriented, and rarely [but sometimes] physically - It has a brand-feel to it; 'disruptive' 'game-changer', things like this - It solves a pain point My ask here is...could an art business be a Startup? What if it was just selling art from a small collective, not as, say, an illustration resources kit for Sketch? Why or why not? What I'm asking here may seem really convoluted, but it isn't: What is a Startup, and what isn't a Startup? I want to know what Makers think.