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What’s involved in making a site like JibJab go from conception to reality?

My answer to What’s involved in making a site like JibJab go from conception to reality? on Quora

I’m afraid you don’t get to create a hit website just by having an idea: You have to have the skills and focus to actually make it happen.

In the case of JibJab the two founders were brothers. One was a talented animator and artist, while the other had an MBA. It took them nearly five years to achieve “overnight success” with their John Kerry and George Bush animation, and they very nearly went bust on the way there: http://mixergy.com/jibjab-histor...

Ideas alone are worth almost nothing. Ideas plus the ability to execute them are what counts. http://sivers.org/multiply