Multiple Eggs in Multiple Baskets?

Or do Startups & Entrepreneurs Need ONE Single Focus??

**Multiple Eggs + **Multiple Baskets = Multiple Benefits!

  • **This is (A) our ADVICE for entrepreneurs — particularly Young and/or First-Time Entrepreneurs! — in regard to how they spend their TIME…
    [but also]
  • **This is (B) our PHILOSOPHY for actual Startup Companies — particularly prior to Product-Market-Fit! — in regard to the number of Products/Services to which they devote their focus, effort, and resources…
    [but also]
  • **This is [C] the KEY PREMISE of a series of “Collaborative Competition” PROGRAMS we are running for: Entrepreneurs, Marketers, Hustlers (GaryVee fans?), Influencers, Designers, Content Creators, Specific Skills/Expertise (Shopify? MailChimp? WordPress? Photoshop?), and/or anyone with strong interest in… VIRAL Content/Marketing? Pop-Culture/Memes? Life Hacks/Humor? Social Media? Social Movements? Side Hustles?

JOIN US as we launch 365+ “Products” via “Multiple Eggs in Multiple Baskets” (Demonstrating MANY of our “ReThinkingStartups.com Philosophies & Methodologies” and A-B Testing EVERYTHING — different revenue models? target markets? branding strategies? price points? marketing channels? etc. — via: #CollaborativeCompetitions & #LearningWhileLaunching

WAIT, DID YOU SAY 365+ PRODUCTS?!?

(Yep, we sure did!)

Not only will multiple products (marketed separately by multiple individuals or teams), increase chances for virality, but just think about how much #LearningCurvesSuck (!) The first time you do ANYTHING takes the most time and costs the most money, but the second, fourth, tenth time?? Much faster, much cheaper and when you take the total costs (time and money) and divide it by the total number of [Multiple Eggs / Multiple Baskets], your “PER PRODUCT” costs are a tiny fraction of what they were if you had stopped at ONE PRODUCT — like most people are generally taught to do.

Smart investors don’t invest in only one company; they invest in many companies — to diversify their portfolio, to mitigate risk, and to increase the odds of having MULTIPLE winners! So, why is it so uncommon (and/or frowned upon?) for that same line of thinking to apply to startups — both the actual startup company and the individual entrepreneur?

  • Smart investors diversify their portfolios — of investment DOLLARS.
  • Smart ENTREPRENEURS can diversify THEIR portfolios — of investment HOURS!
#HustleFunded
[Yeah, that’s right, I coined that phrase! (Bought the domain name too — www.HustleFunded.com — just because i have a legit “domain-name-buying-addiction”)]

Some of us can obviously multi-task more effectively than others. And some of us enjoy variety more than others do. But, whether we realize it or not, we ALL have plenty of experience dividing our time and focusing our efforts in multiple directions — because it wasn’t too long ago that we were all required to do it regularly…

The analogy might not be perfect, but if you can handle Math, Science, English, History, Spanish, etc., you might just be able to handle a Part-Time “Starter Startup” added to your schedule… particularly if your role is something you’re great at (better/faster than the average full-timer) and/or things you already do for your primary job/startup so the long/costly learning curves are non-existent. Learning to do something the first time is always WAY more time-consuming than doing it a 2nd/3rd/4th time…
Yes, I understand the most common objections to the suggestions above will likely center around the company or entrepreneur being spread too thin and never fully realizing — or not quickly enough realizing — the full potential of any of the individual ventures. But I think those concerns can be mitigated/offset by good management (of personnel/time), economies of scale / shared resources (multiple ventures sharing one office lease, one receptionist, one set of utility bills, office supplies, and even key C-Level personnel), and the increased likelihood of one or multiple successes emerging from putting multiple eggs in multiple baskets… [More on all this soon.]

SECTION 3:

“Multiple Baskets” FOR STARTUPS / COMPANIES:

Whether it’s proactively anticipating a future pivot and starting it now, or an entirely different concept altogether, when else can you start a startup and benefit from so many shared resources and economies of scale? — avoiding all the traditional time-consuming parts of starting a startup — finding office space, interviewing/hiring, all the learning curves, etc. — you already did all that! Amortize that Shit! (over Multiple Eggs / Multiple Baskets!)

I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT…

Why don’t more startups proactively anticipate their pivots!?” If we know the first iteration is rarely successful, why wait until your back is against a wall to test Plan B? Why not use economies of scale and shared resources to simultaneously build/launch your next pivot (or 3!?) BEFORE you’re actually forced to? I mean, you’ll A-B test different subject lines in an email campaign but you won’t A-B test your core product?!? [And B2C startups? Depending on what your product is, I think you could (should?) be simultaneously launching 2, 3, 4, or 12 products — or even brands!]

  • Additional Landing Pages are Easy.
  • Additional Domain Names are ~$10.
  • A few extra clicks and your Facebook Advertising guru has just created an entirely new custom audience for ad-targeting — a group that has no idea that everyone in a different [location? age bracket? whatever!] is seeing ads for a similar product but with a different name, a different price-point, and/or a different value proposition or marketing spin.
  • Learning Curves SUCK!
  • The amount of time/money you spend to do ANYTHING the first time is SOOOO MUCH MORE than the 2nd, 3rd, 4th time. So you’ve eliminated those long learning curves for attempts 2, 3, 4, etc.
  • Or, heck, if you don’t have a second idea, talk to us and take one of our “Starter Startups” (with viral history and a core audience of 1.7 Million people — but i can elaborate more later) and incubate it within our “Whatever Network” or WITHIN YOUR STARTUP!! Talk to us — info@StartupWhatever.com :)

P.S. If you are a company that has spent a lot of time and money to perfect your logistics / fulfillment / shipping operations… or your social media / digital marketing / customer acquisition process… or your [insert whatever you are GREAT at!]… then WHY would you NOT spread that expertise, those sunk/fixed costs across another startup / another product / another business unit (the terminology doesn’t matter!)?!?! And/or become a Partner / Co-Founder / Whatever with another startup that would place TREMENDOUS value on not needing to re-invent the wheel (that you have already spent time/money inventing)?!?

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