I help launch web and mobile companies as part of my day job, and also write about starting companies in China in my spare time, so I thought it would be fun to create a set of badges for the stages of a startup.
I actually started with a mindmap of different ieas I was considering, but kept returning to this one because I'm excited about it and may end up using the badges on my blog. I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't have enough steps to work with, so I sketched a flow for startups with different phases I could use for the badges. I may end up compressing this a bit, but here's what I started with.
I was then concerened that I wouldn't be able to think of enough ideas for each badge, so I threw a few ideas for each stage on to paper, and also drew some different shapes I could use for the badges.
I'm sure I'll sketch more images as I go, but I have enough here that I'm confident I can think of badges as I go along. I would love your feedback and suggestions on this idea and these images!