3 Ways a Tech Startup Is Like Starting a Band
Building a successful tech startup and putting together a band are more similar than most entrepreneurs and musicians would like to admit. The truth is that both of them require a lot of hard work, sleepless nights, self-induced poverty and other big sacrifices. Like a startup, says Alex Grossi of Quiet Riot, “The process that once entailed a songwriter or record label spending countless hours and dollars recording, manufacturing and marketing music is gone. It is now up to the artist to figure out what the next move is in the industry.”
Succeeding in the music or the business worlds can also bring a number of great benefits. Becoming a successful entrepreneur can open up doors to new, more fulfilling projects and rewards. Moreover, you will have more control over your future ventures and have a big role in the success of any project you work on.
Visualizing your tech startup as a band can help you get creative, and may even help catapult your company to success. Because of this, I’ve put together a list of seven ways a tech startup is like putting together a band, so you can put on your inspirational hat and make your company more than just a one-hit-wonder
1. Be honest with your skill set.
The first thing you need to consider when starting a band is the instrument you can play and at what level. The very same can be said for tech startups. Technology now influences virtually every single part of modern society, so you need to consider the skills you have available and determine how you can use them to create a good product.
David Ellefson, the bassist from Megadeth, owner of Ellefson’s Coffee and EMP label group shared his learning experience forming and playing in rock bands, in which he said:
“The idea of a rock band is selling this dream of the ultimate creative journey and endless freedoms. Yet, things like showing up on time, knowing your role (and respecting the roles of others!), disciplined practice, marketing &; promotion are as much part of the band experience as getting onstage and rocking the house each night.
I learned many years ago that just because I was successful in music didn’t qualify me to be an expert in other fields, too. My successes came as a result of discovering my passion and honing in on skills that came natural to me. That led to relationships that opened doors for my success. We’ve all been blessed with certain skills, talents, and abilities and having success (and happiness!) usually lies with our passion allowing us to be the best we can be with those abilities in a chosen field.”
The good thing is that you don’t only have to focus on your particular expertise. Each band member offers a valuable set of skills that contribute to the quality of the music. In this case, your band members will be your startup team. Take a look at what each team member brings to the table and make sure you are applying them to their full potential.
2. You need to be driven by passion.
Just because you love music doesn’t mean making music will just happen, and in the words of Phil X the guitar player of Bon Jovi “There are no short cuts. You have to kick your own ass before you kick everyone else’s.” Once you have identified your passion, the next step is acquiring the skills to realize your dream. This may seem tricky at first, but try to get creative and figure out a way to combine your skills and passions to build a valuable business.
If you are preparing to launch a tech startup, you should definitely find something you are passionate about. Not only will this make your work easier, but you will always find motivation to give your best, even on bad days. Moreover, you may find that working on something that you really love will actually bring you joy and work as extra fuel when your tank is running low
3. Put together a stellar lineup.
If you were building a band and you knew the best drummers and bass players in town, you would definitely reach out and try to recruit them, right? Well, the same thing goes for your tech startup. You should review all your options and scour your connections until you find the combination that best suits your vision.
Now, remember that putting together a killer lineup isn’t only about finding the best of the best. You also need to find a balance and make sure that the talent you bring on board will compliment the whole team. If you have two great candidates, but you think they won’t work well together, you are better off choosing the one that works best with the rest of your ensemble.
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