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Poll: Have you ever seriously considered launching a tech startup?

Take this quick poll from Justin James to let us know whether you have launched or have even considered launching a tech startup.

Business of Software 2012 featured presentations and workshops from some of the most successful and experienced people in the world of software startups. I attended the event last week in Boston, and it really energized me.

In my current role, I work on projects in a very startup-like environment, which is awesome. I've been involved in startups a number of times, and the environment has reminded me of the pains and the joys of the startup lifestyle.

I'm curious to know how many TechRepublic readers have ever given serious consideration to launching a tech startup. If you have, share some of your best tips in the discussion.



Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.


I recommend reading Denny Mui's _Survival Guide for "Slow Start" Entrepreneurs_ Here's part of my review: This book has given me new and deep insights into my own successes and failures as an entrepreneur. I've marveled at the accuracy of Miu's concise characterizations of startup players, roles, and dynamics. This makes my must read list for entrepreneurs, along with the documentary Startup.Com and Kawasaki's _Art of the Start_. It is a great counterpoint to the ebullient _Art_. It explains the train wreck chronicled in and lived by so many others since then.


But as a part time thing.


I have a number of very tech inclined friends. We looked into developing a software solution for enterprise but eventually stopped. The primary reason was that we could not safely develop with the current patent system of the United States, and we didn't feel like moving over seas. We examined it and felt that the risk of a lawsuit was far to high based on what we wanted to do. Even if we purposefully went out of our way to identify any possible patent that was in anyway remotely related to what we were doing, and purposefully design around all of them, we knew that the cost of development would eat up any capital we had or could raise, and though a court might rule in our favor, we wouldn't have enough cash to get to the ruling. Thus we have decided against doing anything. We don't want to move to a country where we would have protection from the U.S. patent system.

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