Start-up companies have a long and storied history that is almost as long as the country itself. Start-ups as an idea date all the way back to the Great Depression - with the humble beginnings of now major companies like Ocean Spray Cranberries and Yellow Book USA beginning around this time.
They can come in literally all shapes and sizes, in all industries and in all markets. But regardless of the specific type of business you're talking about, at the heart of it all is an entrepreneur who started out one day with little more than a will and a dream.
The one thing all those entrepreneurs have in common isn't only the quest for the Minimum Viable Product, but the long path of failure they've left in their wake.