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Updated by Nick Kellet on Nov 13, 2015
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FIVE KEY things we learned on List.ly for Entrepreneurs Questions

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Short lists of FIVE KEY Questions are much more digestible, manageable and even memorable.

Short lists of FIVE KEY Questions are much more digestible, manageable and even memorable.

You don’t need List.ly to tell you this, however this is where it came home to us!

We started our process crowd sourcing 10 best questions and 10 best lists! But try remembering 10 questions, and don’t forget finding and remembering all the answers too, especially if you are an entrepreneur on overload! With this in mind we are losing our original end goal of 100 questions and a “Deck of Cards” and focusing on the questions themselves, or rather focusing on short lists of questions.

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List.ly is like a continuous focus group, without the pressure of having to get it done!

List.ly is like a continuous focus group, without the pressure of having to get it done!

Great contributors and great feedback!

We’ve been doing online research on List.ly for awhile now; twenty lists, close to 90 questions, resulting in close to 30K views; and just a few of our fabulous contributors include:

@CherylBurgess @Becky McCray @SMSJOE @4Entrepreneeur @RebelBrown and @PaulBiederman @TheHRGoddess @MelissaGalt @CathyWebSavvyPR @Jgombita

You won’t get that in a focus room!

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Building a community one by one; it’s fishing with a line rather than fishing by net!

Building a community one by one; it’s fishing with a line rather than fishing by net!

Communities evolve organically though one always hopes the idea will go viral or be taken up by the “influential & famous”

No such luck for us, it’s been a one-at-a-time (sometimes two or three) path of engagement. With this in mind we’re dropping the idea of having the “influential & famous” contribute the questions, which we hoped would speed up the process. It wasn’t a happening thing! Communities take time to evolve and grow but it’s been fun to make this happen on List.ly, around a cult of lists.

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It’s the chicken and egg thing again!

It’s the chicken and egg thing again!

We needed List.ly to build the working model; and we needed the working model to attract the contributors and audience to the lists of Key Questions!

I wasn’t famous enough (as I often joke) to attract the ‘influential’; but my savvy friend @CindyKing said “you need to have a working model (not just an idea) before the influential and famous will help you; they can’t risk contributing to a project that may fail and reflect badly on their brand.” This is exactly what I tell a start up company looking for an angel investor; “show me a working model”.

So full speed ahead to the “working model”; we are just about there check it out

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The WHY of the “question” really inspires Entrepreneurs to find the answers!

The WHY of the “question” really inspires Entrepreneurs to find the answers!

We are creating a dedicated “cult of lists”; each with FIVE KEY questions, and telling the WHY.

These lists have been selected from the most viewed lists of Entrepreneurs Questions on List.ly. We found the questions that made the top of the list all had a compelling “reason” WHY. We knew this already conceptually, but List.ly gave us more proof.