August 23, 2012, 11:45 AM —
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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.”
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
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
Which would you rather have, a revenue-generating website, or a money-losing startup that might hit big?