I'm looking for a list of costs associated with a large internet website startup such as groupon or yelp. Ground floor starting point before seeking seed investment, what startup costs would be portrayed across in the presentation for a major startup such as this?
I'm thinking the web development for the site is going to be in the hundreds of thousands, if anyone has experience in this department and can touch base on this point specifically. Like how to approach large development firms and get quotes, how to outline features and things you want in the website, basic features and then more advanced features to get an accurate quote?
You can not. Believe you can get an accurate quote? Look at the statistics how many IT projects fail and are over budget. It is imposible to make a really accurate planning for a large venture. Whole project maangement methods are designed around this fact (scrum: fixed budget, minmum feature set and then order features by priority until you run out of money). Fixed priced projects are over budget in significant percentages (50% or more of the cases).