Startup learnings

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I have been invited to give a talk to some MBA students about life in the startup landscape. I reflected on my experience and boiled it down to these bullets.   Do they match your experience?  I’d love to hear what you think.

  • Be audacious. Aim very high and fail sometimes.
  • Be open. Listen to your customers’ needs and wants.
  • Be humble. Listen to your advisers who have experience that you don’t have.
  • Be nimble. If something doesn’t work, fix it now and move on.
  • Be focused. Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing.
  • Be fact-based in decision making, but learn to trust your gut too.
  • Hire some generalists and some specialists.
  • Pace yourself while working hard. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have some fun along the way.
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