No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people.
What being a founder means, is signing up for this years long grind on execution - and you can't outsource this.
If someone is difficult to talk to, if someone cannot communicate clearly, it's a real problem in terms of their likelihood to work out.
Wait to start a startup until you come up with an idea that you feel compelled to explore.
Obsess about the quality of the product.
A small communication breakdown is enough for everyone to be working on slightly different things. And then you loose focus...
In general don't start a startup you're not willing to work on for ten years.
No growth hack, brilliant marketing idea, or sales team can save you long term if you don't have a sufficiently good product.
Execution gets divided into two key questions: 1) can you figure out what to do and 2) can you get it done.
If you don't need it yourself, and you're building something that someone else needs, realize you're at a big disadvantage.
One of the biggest advantages that start ups have is execution speed, and you have to have this relentless operating rhythm.
Startups are not the best choice for work-life balance, and that's sort of just the sad reality.
The best people know that they should join a rocketship.
1 of the hardest parts about being a founder, is that there are a 100 important things competing for your attention each day.
Some day everyone will find out everyone else's comp, if it's all over the place, it will be a complete meltdown disaster
For most software startups, this translates to keep growing. For hardware startups, it translates to don't let your ship date slip.
I believe in fighting with investors to reduce the amount of equity they get and then being as generous as you possibly can with employees.
Startups are very hard no matter what you do; you may as well go after a big opportunity.
The natural state of a start-up is to die; most start-ups require multiple miracles in their early days to escape this fate.
The startups that do well are the ones that are working all the time.
The tenth social network, and limited only to college students with no money, also terrible. Myspace had won.
You want to sound crazy, but you want to actually be right.
You can create value with breakthrough innovation, incremental refinement, or complex coordination. Great companies often do two of these. The very best companies do all three.
Everyone starting a startup for the first time is scared, and everyone feels like a bit of an imposter.
When it comes to starting startups, in many ways, it's easier to start a hard startup than an easy startup.
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