6 Secrets to a Successful Start-up | Inc.com

April 29, 2013

All companies need to have the basics: a solid business model, a viable market, and a brilliant product or service. But the most important– and unpredictable– indicator of success is the entrepreneur. Do you have what it takes? Despite the popularity of 25-year-old Internet entrepreneurs, there’s no one template that guarantees greatness, says Rory O’Driscoll, a managing director with San Francisco-based Scale Venture Partners. “I’ve seen a 25-year-old serial entrepreneur run great a company and I’ve seen a 45-year-old with no entrepreneurial experience also run a great company,” he says. “But there are certainly commonalities between those whose companies are successful.” Here, O’Driscoll and some of his colleagues in the venture capital world share their perspectives on the less tangible elements of start-up success. http://www.inc.com/nicole-carter/6-secrets-to-a-successful-start-up.html

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