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Frequently asked questions

Is it about making money online?

Short answer: No, but when you learn the framework, you can apply it to online business as well.

Long answer: Yes and no. Making money online is just one of many business models. The principles, resources, and strategies can be used to validate and qualify any idea in any market. When you learn how to get your ideal customers tell you exactly what they need, choosing how you will solve their problem becomes a matter of your expertise. Every business exists for one purpose: provide value to its customers. Whether you do it online or face to face is a matter of business model preference.

How is Fast Venture different from every other “make money online” course?

Short answer: Other courses teach you how to repeat a scripted approach to using an existing platform. Fast Venture teaches how to validate an idea, connect with the right customers, and apply the right business model to generate revenue.

Long answer: Most “make money online” courses teach people how to use an existing tool or platform — Facebook ads, Shopify, Instagram, creating online courses, etc. They are equivalents of skilled laborer training that take advantage of the global digital economy. They don’t teach you how to build businesses. They show you how to follow one scripted approach to using a product to make the owners of that product even richer.

Business requires competencies in multiple key areas including customer acquisition, customer retention, product development, business development, leadership, and operations. Fast Venture prepares new entrepreneurs for the reality of starting, running, and growing a business from all these perspectives to survive their first few years as startup founders.

What is the Fast Venture method exactly?

Short answer: A structured roadmap to building revenue-generating companies.

Long answer: A method is a sequence of steps that produce an expected outcome every time — it has a logical flow and a way to forecast success and failure of next steps at any time.

To succeed, you must have a framework to validate that every step in sequence works, because the next step depends on it. For example, making tea is a method. You have to fill the kettle first. If it’s empty, no point taking the next step. Then you need to boil water. If water isn’t boiling, no point taking the next step, and so on. You know precisely when the tea is ready.

Inexperienced entrepreneurs tend to jump to step 10 before making sure steps 1-9 work, taking huge risks and wasting much time. Fast Venture method provides a structured roadmap from idea to revenue-generating business, with a framework of checks and balances to know if it makes sense to take the next step.

The method covers the following stages: Finding the right idea, validating customer-problem fit, building early adopter audience, funding business growth with pre-sale campaigns, launch, market fit, and scale.

It’s based on my personal experience designing, building, scaling, managing, and running technology companies for two decades both in startup and enterprise environments.

Who is it for?

Short answer: Professionals who decided to start their own business

Long answer: I created Fast Venture specifically for first-time entrepreneurs — people who have decided that they want to have their own business and are looking for knowledge and support on the journey.

Anyone with an idea and a desire to build a business will benefit from becoming a Fast Venture member. From my experience, professionals who have made careers and now want to branch out on their own have a better chance simply because they’ve been around long enough to learn from all the bumps and bruises of a corporate career. If you are a young person without real-world business experience, expect a steeper learning curve.

How does it work?

Short answer: A free online course to help you find the right idea, a membership site to help you validate and build a six-figure sales funnel, and an accelerator to help growing companies reach the next level.

Long answer: The Fast Venture method consists of three parts: it starts with a free online course that explores the principles of entrepreneurship and guides you to find the right idea for your first business.

The second part is Validation: an online course and a monthly membership service where I help founders build pre-sale funnels as a way of validating their customer-problem fit and funding product development.

The third part is a private accelerator program for entrepreneurs who are looking to scale to 7 figure revenues and reach markets on five continents.

How much does it cost?

Short answer: Foundation is a free online course, Validation is a $97/mo membership, and the Market fit is an invite-only accelerator.

Long answer: The Foundation online course is free and will always remain free - including access to your member portal, lesson notes, and resources.

Validation is a monthly membership program. It starts at $97 per month for access to the course materials and a private Slack group where I provide accountability, support, and feedback to all members. You have access to the group and resources as long as you are a paying member in good standing. There are no contracts, and you can cancel any time up to 24 hours before your next monthly billing cycle.

Market Fit is an invite-only accelerator for entrepreneurs who are already making at least $100,000 in ARR and provides a flexible cost structure that combines revenue sharing and equity options.

What skills are required?

Short answer: Being an expert in your field is a requirement. Experience with technology, design, and marketing are essential — you must have a well-rounded technological competency.

Long answer: The entire philosophy of the Fast Venture method is based on the concept that it is much easier to reach commercial success in the field that you know well. Foundation course is mainly an exercise in self-reflection to help new entrepreneurs zero-in on what they want to do. Validation course is a hands-on framework that will require your domain expertise to define your customer-problem fit better. You must be an expert in your field to create a business.

We live in the digital economy, so at the minimum, your company will need social media pages and a website. You will run ads, so you must know foundations of copywriting and feel comfortable with Facebook ad manager and Google Adwords. You will build lead acquisition funnels, so you must know how to make websites (custom or using a platform like Wordpress, Wix, Squarespace, etc.) and edit graphics to customize the appearance of your ads and website. You will be sending out emails to your audience, so knowing how to use email services like MailChimp, Sendgrid, or Mailgun are necessary. Finally, you will build a pre-sale funnel to fund your growth, so knowing how to integrate payment processing using Stripe securely is a requirement. At this moment, I only teach Stripe integration. In my opinion, alternatives have a lousy end user experience.

Image editing skills (e.g., Photoshop), UI design and prototyping tools (Sketch, Framer, Invision, etc.), and coding (HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, etc.) are essential — if you don’t have most of the skills, you need to look for co-founders or partner up with professionals.

It’s a handful, but if it were easy, everyone would do it.

What if I don’t have required skills?

Short answer: Learn it, find co-founders, or hire someone. There are no shortcuts.

Long answer: Just like it would be challenging to run a ship if you don’t know how to sail, navigate, and lead, it will be tough to build a business in a digital economy without technology competencies. You have three options: learn it yourself (takes years), find co-founders, or approach a third party for partnership. If you believe you have a winning idea, contact me, and I will see how we can make it happen.

I don’t have money, will you take equity?

Short answer: Yes, but only if your existing company makes over $100K in ARR.

Long answer: Oh, I get this one a lot. I don’t take equity in pre-revenue companies. If you have an existing startup that already makes $100K+ in ARR, you can apply for the market fit accelerator. Otherwise, the method is intended to teach you how to get to $100,000 in annual recurring revenue all by yourself. We can talk then.

Are you an investor?

No.

Can you help me launch my idea?

Short answer: Yes, I can help you design, build, launch, and scale. Message me.

Long answer: Yes. There are two options. Option A: join the Validation membership program and learn from other entrepreneurs and me, but you have to do all the work yourself (e.g., building funnels, write ads, etc.) While I provide my support and feedback to all members, I wanted to make it accessible to everyone, so the low monthly membership fee doesn’t cover professional services.

Which brings me to option B. I can help you design, build, and launch as a strategic partner for a fee or share of revenue. Contact me to get a quote.

How long does it take?

Short answer: On average, it takes 2-3 weeks to complete Foundation course and 1-3 months to complete Validation depending on how much time you dedicate to your startup idea.

Long answer: There are two timelines. First is how fast you can read and absorb knowledge, and seconds is how long it will take you to internalize, process, and implement it in your life.

You can complete the Foundation course in a day — there are just over twenty lessons, and most of them take 5-15 minutes to read. However, I recommend doing no more than 2-3 lessons per week to let the information sink in. Each lesson has an activity that requires you to reflect, analyze, and apply lesson content, which may take a day or two if you want to reflect and think deep. At this rate, you will complete Foundation in a few weeks.

Validation is a hands-on, practical course that will require you to do customer development, build surveys, develop funnels, write, design, run, and analyze ad campaigns. There are about twenty lessons that can be completed in a day or two, but the actual field work may take you a month or two to complete depending on how much time you dedicate to your startup idea every day.

Please remember that there is a chance your initial idea will not find traction, which will mean a restart/pivot, so individual timelines from idea to revenue vary drastically.

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