[OT] Before thinking on my startup... what elements would I need?

Hello all,

I’m looking for some advice on what skills / subjects to get me involved
before thinking in executing my plans of starting my own thing (startup
thing).

I already have a great idea of application as a service. I’m sketching
it
and doing some brainstorm and planning. But something came into my
mind…

You know, technology isn’t everything. Using Rails will help me put my
creativity to work more effectivelly, and the final product will
hopefully
be of high-quality and I will be able to put it relatively quick into
production, but the application isn’t going to sell itself. I need to
sell
this idea to someone (someone willing to invest into it) as I don’t have
much money to invest in it.

That’s why I thought I need more marketing / communication skills. I
also
need to know more about the formal methods and bureocracy stuff.

I thought on working in this application and once I had something that I
could show (and impress) I would go and ask someone if he/she would like
to
join me.

What I’m asking here is directions/books I could use to prepare myself
for
this endeavour - whick skils should I focus besides my technical skills?

You guys that have successfully done your own much loved thing, how did
you
start? How did you manage it? Would you mind sharing your experiences?

I want to do it right, and that’s why I’m asking for help.

I also think starting a blog would be useful for doing some networking
(actually I already have some useful posts I could quickly modify and
publish, as I have used a blog as a journal for some time now).

I just want to be happy working on something that I love… that’s all
:smiley:

So, let’s start the networking right now - if anyone could help get my
feet
on this ground, I would be grateful :slight_smile:

Thanks,

Marcelo.

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