Let me preface this with the fact I am not a business student. I am a computer science student but I have a great interest in creating a startup. These questions have probably been asked before, so if you have a link to informed discussions, please link me.
I have many ideas for products and services which I do have the ability to create myself, even if it would take awhile. What is the best way to go from having these ideas to creating a business out of them?
Let's say the service is a website. I create it including a way to monetize it (advertising, selling items). Is the next step opening the site to the public, paying to market it, then see if it takes off or not?
Or, is the next step having a closed (non-public) website and try pitch it to people to see if they want to invest?
My next question is about investors. Venture capital. How do they make their money back? And do they often make a huge profit or is it small profits? The way I understand it is: VCs invest money in your business and then when you go public, they have a certain amount of shares. Or, if instead of going public, the company gets bought. In this case how much goes to the VC? Is this organised at their investing stage?
Thanks for any answers, tips or links!