Lessons from the masters - getting it right - Tim's ideas are...
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Tim's ideas are unique, innovative, and cater to people's needs. But his biggest strength is that he knows what he's good at, and what he should hand over to others.
Vision without "vision".
Let's be straight here - I'm not a big fan of self-help books. One thing they all seem to have in common is that they love to talk about vision - a business without a vision is like a ship without a captain, and so on and so forth. Vision is portrayed as a critical factor for success.
I myself have a very different vision of, um, vision. For the successful software company, vision isn't a broad, all-encompassing platitude. It's about the ability to spot opportunities, and to recognize a winner when it rears it's head.
Gary Weinberger runs a small software company in the UK. Together with his wife, he sells a small range of business-based products that help organize one of the more important assets - money. While there is no shortage of accountancy applications out there, Gary saw an opportunity that none of them had addressed, and realized the potential immediately.
Spotting the opportunities is relatively easy. Implementing them, and turning them into good software solutions that people want and need is quite a different story. A successful software developer will recognize what people are looking for, understand how people work, and then tie the two together into a good, solid benefit-based solution that people can use and buy.
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