This document is an accounting of certain knowledge I find useful when managing a business with creative/technical/entrepreneurial employees. These are public notes and are not meant to be a polished guide.
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Building a startup is a bit like trying to erect a bridge in the fog. You’ve made a significant up-front investment, hoping that people will want your product when you finally reach the other side. And that’s assuming you even find the other side. It might be a bridge to nowhere!
The Startup Guide is for the entrepreneurs, innovators, hackers, inventors, and designers who are pushing the human race forward. We believe in the principle of equality of opportunity and that you can achieve anything you set your mind to if you work hard and create value for humanity.
Being the CEO of a startup is one of the most challenging roles out there. Your job is to build a product customers love; recruit a team; find funding from customers, partners, or investors; and guide the overall prioritization of work.
The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, and one major reboot.
It was a terrible feeling that took me months to shake out of. I guess I was a victim of my own immaturity. In the startup world, we push hard. It's part of “the hustle” that we so commonly refer to. Thousands of people burn out each week, and I can assure you that number is very highly concentrated in the startup industry. So, how do we avoid it?
YC has had a significant impact on the national economy since its launch in 2005. Started by Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, Trevor Blackwell and Robert Morris, the program has gone on to invest in over 500 startup companies while guiding many more through their information offerings online.
The fact is that when you create the big launch event, you will always see the subsequent big drop-off. Your market is not TechCrunch readers and Mark Zuckerberg does not want to eat vegetable tempura rolls with you.
Every well-read site gets comments. (For people like me who don’t let others publish comments directly on our articles, we still get plenty of commentary — just in other places such as email, Twitter
Ask around when you’re raising a seed or Series A round, and First Round Capital is one of the first investors on the lips of many entrepreneurs. I tend to trust my friends when they recommend an investor, so I never did much due diligence on the firm. But when people started suggesting I add them to the Startup Index series I was intrigued. Would their portfolio match up with their reputation?
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