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The Million Dollar Question

August 11th, 2011. Chiba, Japan.

A mix of confusion and awe as I step off the platform.

I must have made a mistake. But maybe a good mistake.

Birds caw and cicadas click gently, filling the warm afternoon air with sounds of nature. The train platform is open to the air and on the other side of the tracks is a high fence. Beyond it, a bicycle and walking path leading to a park.

Children are running around and playing in the park, but surprisingly quietly. Very Japanese.

How important is [...] to starting a business?

Question from a reader:

how important is having a business license and a business plan to running a successful website that makes money? Is it more important then having a business idea and a product.

thanks J

First reply:

Business plan: 1/10, maybe 2/10

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