Source | Entrepreneur : By Alice Goldstein
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 marketingmusic 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.
“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.