Startup Q&A : I have a multimillion dollar app idea, where should I start?

Responses to startup questions

I have a multimillion dollar app idea, but I am 15 years old and can’t program, where should I start and what should I do to make the idea real?



Dieter Bes responds: The point that ideas are worth nothing on their own has been made by now. Let me give you some actionable advice instead. Heck, I’ll put it in steps for you to follow.

  1. Realize that your valuation of your idea is probably worth nothing. All that matters is what other people think.
  2. Create some kind of representation of your idea. If it’s a programmed mockup, great. If it’s just a presentation, good. If it’s a drawing on a piece of paper, better than nothing.
  3. The point of the previous is: Get started. this already is why most ideas fail. People just don’t get started, you will.
  4. Get people’s oppinion, accept critisism and guidance. What should you ask?
    1. Ask if the problem they’re having is really a problem.
    2. What would they pay for having that problem solved?
    3. How are they currently solving the problem?
    4. What is it costing them (time, money …)
  5. See how this applies to your idea and be frank. Had an awesome idea that people didn’t seem to want? Great, now you can have a better one.
  6. Repeat. and most of all: DON’T STOP. Your final idea may be something entirely different, but if you have what it takes, you should never stop because you’re discouraged by others. … Make stuff happen

Finally, you’re 15 years old. You’ll have to learn how to do tons of new things on your own, so starting with actually learning how to program isn’t a bad place to start.


What happens to failed entrepeneurs?

Dieter Bes responds: Being an entrepreneur isn’t a job description. Having failed, means having given up on who you are or maybe you just realized you’re not an entrepreneur.

Failed Entrepreneur … What a haunting term. Sure … an idea can fail. But that hardly makes a failed entrepreneur, in fact, it’s what makes and defines an entrepreneur.

An idea that failed might set an entrepreneur back. They might go and work with another company (note how I said with, not for). They might pivot, once, twice, or tens of times. Until all is lost.

And then, when that happens eventually, they go at it again.

An entrepreneur that failed, has given up. They’ll never start anything again. If they’re young, they just go work for another company. If they’re older, they might just call it a day.

In the end, what matters, is the state of mind.


Often a failed entrepreneur either never really had it in him, or has just been completely broken. But you know what, being completely broken often doesn’t even stop them.

To me and to most other entrepreneurs, the idea is irrelevant. It’s the journey. And when that’s what you’re going for, you can’t really fail, can you?

Dieter Bes

About the author Dieter BesI’ve started a couple of companies and not planning on stopping any time soon”. His latest venture is

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