Why Competition Is Good For Entrepreneurs and How Blockbuster’s $50 Million Mistake Helped Reed Hastings and Netflix Destroy a $6 Billion Empire Find Angel Funding & Venture Capital for Business Startups, Entrepreneurs, & First Time Founders – Epis

Why Competition Is Good For Entrepreneurs and How Blockbuster’s $50 Million Mistake Helped Reed Hastings and Netflix Destroy a $6 Billion Empire

Find Angel Funding & Venture Capital for Business Startups, Entrepreneurs, & First Time Founders – Episode 8

When battling for resources or investment, early-stage entrepreneurs may believe that competition is a bad thing. On the surface, they are correct. There are a limited number of angel investors willing to provide a finite amount of venture capital to founders.

However, is competition a good thing for business startups?

Competition is not always a bad thing for entrepreneurs. If you have a brand new startup with an innovation that nobody's heard about, you may not have any competition. However, this may cause a challenge getting customers or angel investors. Why? Because your audience will likely be confused by your solution business.

When you sell something that is truly new, your first step will be to educate your audience. People cannot buy something before it exists. It is tough to attract startup funding when investors do not understand your solution. It is even harder if there is no proof that there is a market for what you are doing. This is often the case for innovative startups, because it is hard to prove if your target market will pay for something they never had.

This leads us to another benefit of competition. If you need to compete with other businesses in order to win customers, at least you have proof that a market does exist for your startup.

Doing a competitive analysis is critical for your business to succeed. It will give you an opportunity to see the lay of the land. However, it will also help you to avoid a common startup trap that costs millions of entrepreneurs countless hours and dollars. Creating something that already exists.

At least 20% of the pitch decks I see are promoting a business or technology that has already been created. Competing with powerful incumbents is already tough enough. But creating a clone of something that already exists without powerful differentiators is a suicide mission. Why spend time, money, and energy building a YouTube-type business technology when YouTube already exists?

However, you can attack a powerful incumbent with technological innovation. Early in 2000 Blockbuster was a $6 billion giant that dominated the home entertainment business with almost nine thousand rental stores around the world. That year, Netflix founders Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph offered to sell the company to their major Blockbuster for $50 million. Blockbuster turned them down.

In 2002, two years after that meeting, we took Netflix public. Blockbuster was still a hundred times larger $5 billion versus $50 million.

How did Netflix compete?

“It was not obvious at the time, even to me, but we had one thing that Blockbuster did not: a culture that valued people over process, emphasized innovation over efficiency, and had very few controls. Our culture, which focused on achieving top performance with talent density and leading employees with context, not control, has allowed us to continually grow and change as the world, and our members’ needs, have likewise morphed around us.

Netflix is different. We have a culture where No Rules Rules.”

Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer, Netflix Founders

 

Do you want more? 

https://rencarlton.blogspot.com/2021/06/why-competition-is-good-for.html

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/competition-good-50-million-mistake-helped-netflix-destroy-carlton

https://youtu.be/pF4_c4smo4E

 

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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/market-testing-better-decisions-results-how-legos-new-ren-carlton

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Build Your List of Potential Investors, Pitch Investors Properly, How Kevin Systrom Raised $500,000 in Two Weeks to Launch InstagramFind Angel Funding & Venture Capital for Business Startups, Entrepreneurs, & First Time Founders – Episode 12

Most startups need funding at some point. Once you have the addressed all of the items in the previous episodes, it is time to build your list of potential investors and start the conversations. They can be friends, family, social network, social media contacts, work colleagues, people in the business industry, etc. Try to put together a list of at least one hundred people. A list of one hundred potential investors may seems like a lot, but the more people you have on the list, the better your chances are of success.

Making Money With Your Business, Profit and Cash Flow, Five Sustainable Companies That Make a Lot of MoneyFind Angel Funding & Venture Capital for Business Startups, Entrepreneurs, & First Time Founders – Episode 10

It is time to make money! You have been through a couple of rounds of market testing now you feel like you are on to something. The next step is to run the numbers to make sure that the business is sustainable. There are two sides to making money, profitability and cash flow.

Upscaling and Scaling Business Ideas into Reality – Jeff Bezos takes Amazon from Online Bookstore to Global DominanceFind Angel Funding & Venture Capital for Business Startups, Entrepreneurs, & First Time Founders – Episode 4

Congratulations, your market testing worked and you were able to find customers, or at least one customer. Your beta test was successful and you are confident that you are ready for more. What do you do when you start getting customers or users? I recommend you do some scaling or upscaling.

What Kind of Business Should You Start? – How Mark Zuckerberg Pivoted From Rating Hotness to FacebookFind Angel Funding & Venture Capital for Business Startups, Entrepreneurs, & First Time Founders – Episode 1

When it comes to brainstorming startup ideas, new entrepreneurs and even seasoned ones scratch their heads in confusion. Living in the information age, you can scan the current market and see countless new business ideas. With so many options out there, how do you know which one is right for you?

Why Would a Doctor Abandon a Steady Paycheck to Become an Entrepreneur?

As physicians, we are expected to be compliant with rules, restrictions, and regulations. We are expected to be risk averse. We are expected to be “providers,” but not necessarily innovators or leaders. As the healthcare system becomes increasingly consolidated into large overcrowded clinics, we are required to perform to the standards set by bureaucrats and clinic managers. These rules are often at odds with the best interests of patients and with our sanity.

The Alienation Of America’s Best Doctors

The best and the brightest simply don’t want to become doctors anymore. Physicians are burning out. They are leaving the profession. They are going bankrupt. They are selling their private practices to big hospitals. They are retiring early. We are facing a growing doctor shortage.

Better to Live and Die in the U.S.A.

The United States healthcare system is often berated for how it treats patients near the end of life. They are purportedly attached to tubes and machines and subjected to unnecessary invasive procedures that cause inordinate pain with no potential benefit, there is underutilization of more compassionate hospice services. This “travesty” is expensive, as the care of dying seniors consumes over 25% of Medicare expenditures. We hear this story so often; it is almost taken as gospel-- but is it actually true? Is it more expensive and invasive to die in America than in other developed countries?
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