Platt Perspective on Business and Technology

Back from vacation and ready to start

Posted in startups, strategy and planning by Timothy Platt on September 14, 2009

I set up this blog before heading to the Adirondacks with my wife for a vacation, taking walks and paddling around in a kayak.  I add that I did not time things that way because I was planning on doing a lot of writing while away and in areas where I would not necessarily have online or cell phone connections.  I did this to in effect force my hand to follow through when I returned from my vacation.  And I am writing of this here for two reasons, one involving startups and the more generally involving strategy and execution thereof.

I have been thinking about starting a blog for quite a while now and a lot of my colleagues have asked me to, but I have always found myself facing that next priority and I have kept putting it off.  I started this to set a benchmark and to add a definitive priority to blogging too.  One of the issues that people can get blindsided by when starting a business is that of determining priorities so they can build from a secure foundation.

Business plans fit in there, in helping to systematically explore and define a product or service and its potential market space, and to plan out the basic financials for turning an idea into a monetized offering.  I will add that this last point applies to nonprofits as well as to for profit businesses as nonprofit organizations provide products and services with a goal of achieving a positive revenue stream too.  It is just that the end users are not always the people who pay in, in the form of donations from discretionary income and profits are rolled back into support of the mission rather than being split between business growth and distribution to owners.

I see tremendous value in developing a carefully considered, well written business plan and not just as a tool for achieving outside funding.  These documents can help with that, but more importantly the development of a good business plan forces you to really examine all the issues and think things through so you develop your business with open eyes and with a planned capacity to deal with the unexpected.

That is important but my setting this blog up did not contribute to such a document or a plan.  It did something else that is more basic and fundamental.  It created an agenda and with carrying through on this at its center.  It was a call to action and I suppose one way to look at this note is that this is where I start following through.  Starting a business is all about creating agendas and following through on them.  So I re-start this blog, and this time with an intent to continue it and see what develops.

I set up this blog before heading to the Adirondacks with my wife for a vacation, taking walks and paddling around in a kayak.  I add that I did not time things that way because I was planning on doing a lot of writing while away and in areas where I would not necessarily have online or cell phone connections.  I did this to in effect force my hand to follow through when I returned from my vacation.  And I am writing of this here for two reasons, one involving startups and the more generally involving strategy and execution thereof.

I have been thinking about starting a blog for quite a while now and a lot of my colleagues have asked me to, but I have always found myself facing that next priority and I have kept putting it off.  I started this to set a benchmark and to add a definitive priority to blogging too.  One of the issues that people can get blindsided by when starting a business is that of determining priorities so they can build from a secure foundation.

Business plans fit in there, in helping to systematically explore and define a product or service and its potential market space, and to plan out the basic financials for turning an idea into a monetized offering.  I will add that this last point applies to nonprofits as well as to for profit businesses as nonprofit organizations provide products and services with a goal of achieving a positive revenue stream too.  It is just that the end users are not always the people who pay in, in the form of donations from discretionary income and profits are rolled back into support of the mission rather than being split between business growth and distribution to owners.

I see tremendous value in developing a carefully considered, well written business plan and not just as a tool for achieving outside funding.  These documents can help with that, but more importantly the development of a good business plan forces you to really examine all the issues and think things through so you develop your business with open eyes and with a planned capacity to deal with the unexpected.

That is important but my setting this blog up did not contribute to such a document or a plan.  It did something else that is more basic and fundamental.  It created an agenda and with carrying through on this at its center.  It was a call to action and I suppose one way to look at this note is that this is where I start following through.  Starting a business is all about creating agendas and following through on them.  So I re-start this blog, and this time with an intent to continue it and see what develops.

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  1. Computers & Tech said, on September 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Hello there,
    Great site, I just stumbled upon it and I’m already a fan.

    • Tim Platt said, on September 20, 2009 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and please feel free to add comments posing questions and issues, pointing out areas of disagreement and areas you see as calling for clarification and further discussion … thoughts worth sharing.


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