So let's get straight to the business:
For first step, I need an idea.
An idea of a solution that either solves something, or fills a big whole and generates demand. In my case we can consider this done.
Okay, so I can rest a little now then...
Sweet baby Jesus, what?? Rest? Nooo way! This was the easy part...
Second step: Write it down!
I'm a little bit paranoid, so when I realized that this is a freakingly super awesome idea, I started to think how can I protect it. Of course I can't protect it by patent, but I can write an invetor's log with dates, signatures, witnesses. And if you write everything down, it's a lot easier to see the big picture and also a lot of new ideas are coming to your mind.
Third step: The customer
Who will be my customer? Can I give them what they want? A lot of startups fail because they create their solution from thier own perspective. Not from a customer's. I need to ask myself: What my customers will do with my site? How will they use it? But even before that... I have to answer my first question: Who will be my customer? The end user or the advertizer? Both... I have to fullfill the needs of both party, and that could be difficult. They're driven by different goals, so those goals can contradict with each other. I have to find some kind of balance.
After I know who will be my customer, I will need a plan on how to get them. I need them to be aware of my site/product. So I'm already witing my marketing plan, even before I typed a single caracter in the code of my site. Actually I have already started to execute something from my marketing plan, but we will speak about that later...
Fourth step: I don't like number 4, so Imma skip this.
Fifth step: Partners
So after we have succesfully skipped step four, we need to find partners and stuff.
In my first post, I said that I have to decide how I want to go forward with the web programming. At this point I don't have a potential partner. Although I would be insterested in one, but haven't found anyone yet. But it's really hard to find a partner. You have to know each other well, trust each other, have the same enthusiasm, etc. So maybe I could go to a big company. This seems a very good option. I think my idea is good enough, if I'm persistent, they will be interested. But there's always a but :) I'm not really in a good position geographically. It would be pretty difficult and expensive to try my luck in the USA and maybe come home without a result.
The third option is to basically hire someone. But I don't want to pay someone for this, I'd rather do it myself, even if it takes longer :) So that's where I'm at now. I will do everything myself until I find someone who's worthy to partner with :)
Part two coming soon...
All the best,
P.S.: Feel free to link any good articles on web startups.