by Andy O'Connor
3 min read
Just like Pierre, there are many skills, tools and preparations entrepreneurs require as they begin their first foray into setting up a startup. There is a whole startup landscape out there for you to navigate, for which you will need personal skills like motivation, perseverance, decision making. Also, an understanding of lean principles, the importance of sales, along with a damn good idea to carry along the way. This is known as the 'stand-up' phase of a startup. Just like Pierre, you would do well to build a certain set of skills but eventually you must just start out on the journey.
However, along the way Pierre starts encountering problems he must overcome to deliver the message to the king. The horse becomes lame, so he has to walk to the nearby village. He runs out of food, and must hunt. Pierre the french knight is a collection of problems; and so are you.
It will help focus you on your journey and target your networking. If you see another doing the same, starting your advice with "Just like Pierre" will be a talking point if nothing else!