Useful Links

Below is a list of articles, essays and videos that I’ve found helpful. Please email me with suggestions.

Customer Obsession

Do whatever is best for your users. You can hold onto that like a rope in a hurricane and it will save you if anything can. You just pull on that rope and it will guide you through everything you have to do. - Paul Graham

Getting Ideas

Given one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and 5 minutes finding the solution. - Albert Einstein

Testing & Building Products

And you can always feel product/market fit when it’s happening. The customers are buying the product just as fast as you can make it – or usage is growing just as fast as you can add more servers. Money from customers is piling up in your company checking account. You’re hiring sales and customer support staff as fast as you can. Reporters are calling because they’ve heard about your hot new thing and they want to talk to you about it. You start getting entrepreneur of the year awards from Harvard Business School. Investment bankers are staking out your house. You could eat free for a year at Buck’s. - Pmarca

Platforms, Marketplaces & Networks

Growing Products

Dominate a small yet extensible market first: Facebook - Harvard, Amazon - books, Netflix - DVD mailers, Uber - town cars in SF - David Sacks

Brand

Brands always mean something. If you don’t define what the brands means, your competitors will - Richard Branson

Team / Culture

People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it. - Simon Sinek

Fundraising

Fear of Failure

The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail. - Edwin Land