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1

It's time to face the fact that PPP didn't work. Great plan, difficult execution. No one's fault. The only thing that will save businesses is consumer demand. No amount of loans to businesses will save them or jobs if their customers aren't buying.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

@mcuban

2

The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

3

Writing a business plan is easy. Getting people excited about it is easier. Adapting the plan to the real world and getting results is hard

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

@mcuban

4

Working with a friend can cost both a business and a friendship. It can work if the friendship came after working together. It won’t work if the friendship came before and competence is merely assumed.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

All systems insulated from feedback from free markets or natural forces eventually get corrupted.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

The product is the résumé for the team.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

Work on a product you’d buy yourself, then go sell it to everyone like yourself.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

8

A firm is just a "nexus of contracts." Payroll contracts with employees, profit contracts with shareholders, debt contracts with lenders, delivery contracts with customers, tax contracts with the state. Blockchain-based "smart" contracts will eventually reinvent the firm.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

There’s no investment where money works as hard as it does in a tech startup. Driven founders, leveraged with code, capital, media, and intellect, sweating every dollar spent. An enlightened society would educate investors, not restrict them.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

If you don't own a piece of a business, you don't have a path towards financial freedom.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

11

It’s much easier to turn a customer into a repeat customer than a non-customer into a customer. And repeat customers are better at turning non-customers into customers than you are.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

12

Most CEOs are CEOs because they started the businesses they run - not because they are abnormally smart or qualified. Often they’re the least qualified people in the company, since they’re the only ones who didn’t go through an interview process.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

13

The Internet replaces mid-sized businesses with network-effect based monopolies, each hosting a long tail of creators. We’ll end up with one town hall, one social network, one video host, one music label, one taxi dispatcher, one big-box retailer. Antitrust law is obsolete.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

Falling sick reminds you that the largest competitive advantage you can have is being healthy.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

15

Customers have more money than VCs do.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

Things you don't need to launch your product: a great name, a one-word domain, a beautiful logo, an ever better website, brilliant copy, perfect code, custom illustrations, shiny buttons, optimized CSS… Things you do need: a product that solves a problem for someone. That's it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

Time spent honing the pitch is better spent working on the product. Good investors use your pitch to size you up, not to understand or appreciate the business.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

18

Interesting how many smart people believe that advertising doesn’t work. Ads work, on everyone. It’s not a $600 billion/year industry by accident.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

Your first 100 customers will come through cold emails and warm intros. The next 1,000 will come from their referrals. You’ll reach 10,000 as your product slowly becomes the default for a use case. And 100,000 when it’s the default for a whole industry.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

20

Good marketing finds customers. Great marketing creates customers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

21

You will discover the business you should build when you start to build the business you thought you should build.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

You can launch yourself into the center of your favorite industry with a year's worth of deep research and a month spent writing one really great post.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

Learn to negotiate. You negotiate to get a job, to get a raise, to prioritize a feature. You negotiate when raising money for your company, recruiting people to join your team, convincing customers to use your product. Learn to negotiate!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

24

I am pretty sure the biggest difference between a startup and a large company is the anxiousness one feels if they haven’t shipped something meaningful in a week. In a large company it is totally acceptable for an 6+ mo project to not ship. That cannot happen in a startup.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

25

Large companies don’t actually have a resource advantage over startups. Venture financing has become very efficient and a startup that cracks distribution will attract all the talent and money that it needs.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

26

If you’re struggling to come up with a business idea, remember there are only four different types of utility: form utility, place utility, time utility, and possession utility.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

27

Key to hospitality: add a bonus. • If you run a hotel, give people an extra 30-minutes to check-out. • If you run a restaurant, thank guests with a free small dessert. • If you run a bakery, keep small cookies on the counter. Short-term costs create long-term loyalty.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

28

Startups vs 1K+ company: Two co-founders: “Hey, what you do think of doing X? Sounds good but maybe tweak it by doing Y?” Bigger co: Write internal doc Send doc to mailing list Everyone from mktg to legal chimes in VP reviews Features get added Re-org occurs Ships 1 yr later

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

29

90% of running a business is making a bunch of tiny improvements that nobody notices, but end up being transformative over time. It’s not sexy, but it works.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

30

Work From Home is crucial step to take for all companies that are able. But let's not pretend that anyone can put in 100% during these times. If you expect everyone to still hit every deadline, nail every commitment, you're delusional, and you need to stop.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

31

Want to hire the best talent? Let them live where ever they want

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

32

Being a founder is great for personal growth, because if you don’t grow your business dies.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

33

If you are customer focused, you're proactive. If you are competitor focused, you're reactive.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

If you can't find what you're looking for, maybe you should create it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

35

The only game worth playing is the long one.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

36

It takes building a business to learn how to build a business.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

37

Own a business or be owned by a business.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

38

People buy stories not products.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

39

A great product with bad marketing is no longer a great product

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

40

Behaviors that are rewarded in the corporate world will destroy your next startup.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

41

A well-written cold email can change your life.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

42

1. Find a problem 2. Tell a story 3. Sell a service 4. Deliver a result 5. Build a product

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

43

It's not too late to start a software business. Today only 3% of commerce happens online. It will become 97%. That's an almost-guaranteed 30x growth over the coming decades, not counting second order effects. (Now hurry up, or you'll only get a guaranteed 20x growth!)

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

44

Great customer support will get you: - A cult following - A better product through customer feedback - A humbled team It might be more important than having a great product!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

45

If you're capable, you can do business with sharks. But the attitude and habits that you develop will scare away honest partners later.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

46

CMO will soon stand for Chief Meme Officer.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

47

Don’t launch something too pretty. It may lead you to thinking you have product-market fit but you may actually just have design-designers fit.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

48

If great social media marketing was easy every brand would have great social media

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

49

An average product with exceptional marketing will dominate an exceptional product with average marketing.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

50

The core skill of building a business is creating systems for things you do repeatedly

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell