6 advices for Sri Lankan tech start-ups (by a Sri Lankan)

Thu, 2014-05-15 21:23

If you are reading this post, chances are that you either stumbled upon this, or you are really an enthusiast in tech start-ups and live in Sri Lanka.

If it's the latter, I sincerely do hope you have had at least a little experience in a start-up company. Being a freelance developer, I could take part in several tech start-ups. Besides, I have taken part in some of the Hackathons in Sri Lanka, and have also witnessed many other overly used "companies" rise and fall.

I think speaking out some of my thoughts would help enthusiasts who haven't started up anything just yet, but they dream to be the next Zuck, Steve Jobs, Gates or any famous entrepreneur

1. Be an enthusiast first

1. Note in my above introductory part, I emphasized enthusiast and entrepreneur words. It's unlikely that people will find your start-up interesting enough if you are not really interested in it. If you don't love music industry, don't start the next big music streaming service. Whatever you do, grow an enthusiasm around it first. That keeps you entertained and happy no matter how you end up.

In a Hackathon in 2012, the first thing I realized was that there were many pitched ideas which I pretty sure that the entrepreneur wasn't really an enthusiast first. I don't want to mention the initiatives by names, but most of them were impractical and nobody had the interest in the subject itself. They just wanted to develop something that are dead simple and had a clear way to earn out of it.

2. Don't focus on earning first

Don't focus how you earn from or how much you can earn. You definitely need have a sensible budget, include tiny costs and be prepared to jaw-dropping charges as well. Unfortunate case is that you can't cover all those costs in your first month or worse yet, the first year either. Be creative about how you plan to earn and how you can defeat the rivals. Remember that you are not going to start somewhere middle in the track. Advertising and monthly subscriptions are used everywhere. You need to be creative about that as well.

Develop something awesome first. People only pay for what they get; not what you put in.

3. Don't reinvent the Sinhalese or Sri Lankan version of the wheel

If you have developed something already, look what you have done already and compare it with competitors. I wouldn't call you an entrepreneur if you created a simpler version of a popular web service, a web site with everything, in the our mother language.
I can prepare a giant list of Sri Lankan start-ups that are simply fall into one of these categories:

  • A social network just for Sri Lankans
  • A search engine just for Sri Lankans
  • A blog syndicating engine for local language blogs
  • A hotel booking service, but with only < 100 listings
  • Travel planning, but only for Sri Lankan locations

I think there is no need to explain who are the major players in these fields. Narrowing down the features with a "Sri Lanka only" filter does not make you are an entrepreneur. You need to pitch a really innovative idea first. You can easily fund it in both financial and human effort. But you can't fight with a million (if not billion) worth companies with your relatively less budget and nearly a dozen team.

Think big. I know I wouldn't spend one cent just because the people behind the start-up are from Sri Lanka.

4. We have already covered TV/Radio stations, "Hot actress photos", Gossips, and community type web sites

In a age that even a 5 year old kid manage a blog nowadays and can embed a video from YouTube, don't think your move will be anymore better. I wouldn't even call those a "tech" start-up though. Flashy GIF images and Flash radio player playing "Baila" songs all 24 hours? I'd close the tab in a jiffy.

5. Connect with the world

Be open to the world. Don't wait until someone explains something in our mother language. Learn other (human) languages and keep an eye on what's going on rest of the world. TechChunch disrupt is a great place to start. Don't just copy their ideas. Get an idea how broad their pitched ideas were. It's not necessary to solve a problem.

6. Make yourself a name

Start your own blog, publish some of your work in GitHub, be active in StackExchange and do such stuff develop your name. You will be surprised how others are keen to give you media coverage on your next big event. Learn how to meet other people and get to know them better. Try to make other idolize you. On your next startup, they will believe in you and do their best because you are involved - someone they have heard to be a reputed person in the field.

Wish you all the best!

Comments

What a information of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable
familiarity regarding unexpected feelings.

Hello there, I discovered your web site by means of Google whilst
looking for a comparable subject, your web site came up, it looks great.
I've bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
Hello there, just changed into aware of your weblog through Google, and found
that it is really informative. I'm gonna watch out
for brussels. I'll appreciate if you happen to proceed this in future.
A lot of people will likely be benefited from your writing.
Cheers!

If some one wishes to be updated with hottest technologies then he must be go to see this web page
and be up to date daily.

We're a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.

Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You've done a formidable job and our whole community will be grateful to you.

When someone writes an piece of writing he/she retains the thought
of a user in his/her brain that how a user can be aware of it.
So that's why this paragraph is amazing. Thanks!

Someone necessarily lend a hand to make seriously posts I might state.
This is the first time I frequented your website page and up to
now? I amazed with the research you made to create this actual submit incredible.
Magnificent activity!

Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and
tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a
youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has
83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it
with someone!

I have been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours these days, but I by no means discovered any
fascinating article like yours. It's pretty value sufficient for me.
In my view, if all website owners and bloggers
made just right content material as you did, the internet can be much more helpful than ever before.

What's Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I've found It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads.
I am hoping to give a contribution & aid other customers like
its aided me. Great job.

Why users still use to read news papers when in this technological world the whole thing is available on net?

My spouse and I stumbled over here different page and thought I
may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i'm following you.
Look forward to looking over your web page for a second time.

Helpful info. Lucky me I discovered your site unintentionally, and I'm stunned
why this twist of fate did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

What i don't understood is in reality how you are
not really much more smartly-appreciated than you might be now.
You are so intelligent. You already know thus significantly with regards to this subject, produced me in my view believe it from numerous varied angles.
Its like men and women don't seem to be interested except it's something to accomplish with Girl gaga!
Your personal stuffs outstanding. At all times deal with it up!

This information is invaluable. How can I find out
more?

This piece of writing gives clear idea in favor of the new visitors of blogging, that actually
how to do running a blog.

I'm not sure exactly why but this blog is loading extremely slow
for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my
end? I'll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!
I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later on. Cheers

Your method of describing the whole thing in this paragraph is genuinely pleasant,
every one can easily understand it, Thanks a lot.

Many thanks for your great information. They are very helpful.

Hi, this weekend is good designed for me, as this time i am reading
this impressive informative piece of writing here at
my home.

I like it whenever people come together and share ideas.
Great site, stick with it!

Hello There. I discovered your blog the use of msn.
This is a very neatly written article. I'll
be sure to bookmark it and come back to learn extra of your
helpful information. Thank you for the post. I'll certainly return.

Greetings! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to
give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading through your articles.
Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go
over the same topics? Thank you!

Great website. Lots of useful info here.

I'm sending it to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.
And obviously, thanks for your sweat!

Good answer back in return of this issue with genuine arguments
and explaining all regarding that.

You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the highest quality sites on the net.
I am going to highly recommend this website!

Greetings from Los angeles! I'm bored to tears at work so
I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break.
I love the knowledge you provide here and can't wait to take a look when I get home.
I'm surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
I'm not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, amazing blog!

I have read so many content on the topic of the blogger lovers however
this post is in fact a good article, keep it up.

Please let me know if you're looking for a article author for your weblog.
You have some really great articles and I feel
I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load
off, I'd absolutely love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
Please shoot me an email if interested. Thanks!

Heya great blog! Does running a blog similar to this require a massive amount work?
I have virtually no expertise in programming but
I had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyway, should
you have any recommendations or tips for
new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic but
I simply had to ask. Cheers!

Great blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I'm hoping to start
my own blog soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a
free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so
many options out there that I'm completely overwhelmed ..
Any suggestions? Many thanks!

Hey there I am so grateful I found your webpage, I really found
you by accident, while I was researching on Digg for something else, Anyways I
am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a incredible post and a all round entertaining blog
(I also love the theme/design), I don't have time to look over it all at
the moment but I have saved it and also included your
RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the great
job.

Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like
this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new
updates.

Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a
very well written article. I'll make sure to bookmark it and
come back to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
I will definitely return.

Asking questions are actually good thing if you are not
understanding anything entirely, but this paragraph presents fastidious understanding even.

This new feature is part of our ongoing commitment to improve and expand
Euro Fishing and is the first of several updates to be announced over the coming weeks.

I'm extremely inspired together with your writing abilities as well as with the format on your blog.

Is that this a paid subject or did you modify it yourself?
Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a
nice weblog like this one today..

Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog
stand out. Please let me know where you got your design. Appreciate it

I think the admin of this web site is genuinely working hard in favor of
his web site, since here every stuff is quality based material.

Can I just say what a relief to uncover an individual who genuinely understands what they are discussing over
the internet. You actually realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
More people ought to look at this and understand this side of the story.
I was surprised that you're not more popular given that you most certainly have the gift.

I just could not leave your site before suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard information a
person provide on your visitors? Is going to be again continuously to investigate cross-check new posts

I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.

I'll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
I am quite certain I'll learn lots of new stuff right here!
Best of luck for the next!

Hi mates, nice piece of writing and nice arguments commented at this
place, I am in fact enjoying by these.

Hi, all is going perfectly here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that's
truly good, keep up writing.

Thanks for every other informative blog. Where else may just I am getting that type
of info written in such an ideal method? I've a undertaking that I'm just now running on, and I have been on the glance out for such info.

If you really want to get the best quality wedding
apparel, you need no other wedding dress shop than Dressilyme.
A party wedding gown can be the best thing around to mark the beginning of
an auspicious life with your loved one. The best way of going about it is wearing your hair up or partially
up using an accessory that matches your jewelry. This season, the trend is to go for the voluminous dress
which always gives you a flattering edge, the secret to
transforming this style lies in your ability to choose the right cut for yourself.
No one is best well wishers than them and their decision will be completely un-biased.
In time you've used all your cocktail dresses
more often than once with the same number of friends and
co-workers.

First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question in which I'd like to ask if you do not mind.
I was interested to find out how you center yourself
and clear your head prior to writing. I've had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts
out there. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first
10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?
Many thanks!

Everything typed made a great deal of sense.
However, think on this, suppose you were
to create a awesome headline? I am not saying your content
is not good., however what if you added a post title that makes people desire more?

I mean Add new comment | Ayesh Karunaratne is kinda plain. You should
glance at Yahoo's front page and watch how they write article headlines to get people to click.
You might try adding a video or a related picture or two
to grab people interested about everything've got to
say. Just my opinion, it could bring your posts a
little livelier.

I like the helpful information you provide
in your articles. I'll bookmark your weblog and check again here
frequently. I am quite certain I'll learn many new stuff right here!
Good luck for the next!

Pages

Your thoughts