Mike Moen, aka crranky.com, has a successful website, but experts told him it wasn't a startup.
Detailing his surprise at learning the difference, Mike Moen posted, “Your startup is not a startup, it’s just a website.” 1.5 million page views bumped his revenue from multiple sources up to about $10,000 per month. But at a startup conference, one of the entrepreneurs told him he only had a website, not a business startup.
So Moen launched a real Web startup, spending thousands of dollars over a year getting 6,000 customers for a virtual world profile site. If a 'real' startup means being broke and begging for money, no thanks, he says. “I’ll take just a big revenue generating “website” any day.”
I’ve seen how people who are dedicated to simply burn round after round with no revenue look down on people with ‘just’ a revenue generating business. Jose Saez on crranky.com
Having had my own revenue-positive "startup" called a hobby, a toy, a blog and various other diminutions, generally by people who've never managed their own company's budget or, if they have, have blown millions in startup capital, this was great. morisy on news.ycombinator.com
Sometimes I wish this level of honesty was the norm, not the exception. aarthir on topsy.com
It's mostly recently funded companies that seem to be getting all the coverage. Self-funded or profitable - not so much. photorized on news.ycombinator.com
A “startup” does not suggest anything beyond the fact that what you have created is…well…starting. It’s something new that didn’t exist before that’s trying to make money. Brian on crranky.com
People always ask you "Are you doing a startup? A hobby? A side project?". I always respond "I just wanna make revenue, damn it, call it whatever you want". AznHisoka on news.ycombinator.com
The definition of startup that I like is Steve Blank's, a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. By that definition, his website was not a startup. It was a lifestyle business. btilly on news.ycombinator.com