17 Mistakes Start-Ups Make

John Osher: “Mistake 2: Miscalculating market size, timing, ease of entry and potential market share. ‘Most new entrepreneurs get very excited over an idea and don’t look for the truth about how many people will want to buy it. They put together financial projections as part of a presentation to pump up their investors. They say, ‘The market size is 50 million people that could use this product, and if I could only sell to 2 percent of them, I’d be selling a million pieces.’ But 2 percent of a market is a lot. Most products sell way less than 1 percent.'”

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