On August 27, 2021, Dr. Aaron Dinin from Duke University joined our General Partner of Born Global Ventures, Dr. Sunny Zhang to have a candid discussion on what startup ideas work for startup founders and investors alike. The key requirements for start-up opportunities, laid down by Aaron, are summarised below:
- Clearly defined problem/need
- Significant demand
- Cost-effective access to demand
- Good timing
- The value of helping is more than the cost.
Aaron teaches entrepreneurship at Duke University. His courses focus on opportunity identification, social marketing, and customer/user acquisition. He writes extensively about entrepreneurship on Medium, where he’s a Top Writer on Startups, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Business spaces. He also hosts a popular podcast series called Web Masters podcast that teaches entrepreneurial strategy through interviews with some of the Internet’s most impactful innovators. Prior to teaching entrepreneurship, Aaron was a software engineer and founder of multiple venture-backed technology companies. He is a 2012 RS Microsoft Fellow, a 2013 graduate of The Startup Factory, and a member of 500 Startups Batch #19.