Posts tagged startup advice
Posts tagged startup advice
Kyle Bragger just posted an article on Medium about how working insane numbers of hours is not just unhealthy, but unproductive:
Nowadays, I’m working 4-day weeks, and doing no more than an hour or two of intense work at a time. I take a lot of walks. I’ve lost weight. I’m happier. My wife is happier. I’m more present. And most importantly: I’m doing the best work of my life. (continue reading)
And last night, PandoDaily posted my article about how the standard narrative of company acquisitions doesn’t address what is lost:
An entrepreneur is someone who, almost artistically, designs a living entity which embodies the values, beliefs, and ambitions of the creator. It’s impossible for a larger entity to swallow a smaller one without completely reshaping it. (continue reading)
I highly recommend you read both posts more than once.
Awhile back Jordan Cooper put together his own version of a Meyers Brigg test for anyone who his thinking of starting a company from experience working with entrepreneurs.
I highly recommend giving it a review
According to marksbirch :
Then there is no hope. Zero. Zilch. Just end it immediately. Fire the staff, apologize to your users, return whatever money is left to investors, move back in with your parents, and whimper to yourself for the next several weeks.
The points that Mark makes are great!
Reid Hoffman said something similar about startups/optimism/confidence:
“in order to jump off a cliff, you kind of have to believe you can assemble a plane on the way down.”
Om gave a talk awhile back about hardships of building a startup today vs a decade ago.
You can watch the 13 minute video or scan through the 28 slides.
Well worth it.
HEART HAYLEY + KATIA
This is the closing line of a beautiful post that I enjoyed reading
Great advice from Roger aka informationarbitrage:
- Be confident. You rock; you really do. The fact that you are starting something and devoting your life to it is freaking awesome. This alone should give you the confidence and esteem to ask for help with head held high. The worst thing that someone can say is no. And if they do? Screw them - and move on to the next one.
- Be focused. You have to know what you are asking for. Being confident while being unfocused in your ask is really annoying and will ultimately lead to failure. If you’ve gone through the trouble to set up an ask, make it time well-spent for all parties. Do you homework and know what you want. Confidence + focus is a recipe for success.
- Be tough. Getting kicked around and rejected is part of any great mission. It means what you’re doing is either really stupid or orthogonal to conventional thought (read: a potential home run). Given that you rock, I’m going to assume it is a differentiated but dissonant idea which will require a very refined pitch to communicate and convince smart, cynical people (be they potential employees, investors or customers). No is a perfectly reasonable answer: just make sure that you are getting textured rejections in order that you can learn and use that information for subsequent meetings.
- Be persistent. Staying in touch with those to whom you’ve pitched, where they are potential “yesses” in the future but need to see more and better thinking/product/proof, often yields tremendous results. Saying what you’re going to do and then doing it is a boon for fund-raising at every stage. Use that confidence, clarity and toughness to fuel the persistence necessary to win over high-value people as your company evolves.
Listen to your customers, not your competitors.
- Joel Spolsky via startupquote
You need to understand your competition but not let them dictate your business.
One of best descriptions of start-up life I’ve ever read (via betaworks)
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