Naval Ravikant

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Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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Your company may not be in the software business, but eventually, a software company will be in your business.


The most valuable startup of the last decade didn’t raise money, didn’t have employees, gave away the cap table, and let anyone invest.


The Lindy Effect for startups: The longer you go without shipping product, the more likely you will never ship product.


In the startup olympics, first place gets a monopoly, second place gets a medal, and there is no third place.


The lockdowns are intensely pro-tech. They forcibly accelerate tech adoption and cure the industry of its collective addiction to industrial-era offices.


Startups shouldn’t worry about how to put out fires, they should worry about how to start them.


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.


Startups don’t need capital - they need signal.


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.


The most leveraged investment, in energy per dollar spent, is a tech startup.


It’s not that paying down technical debt will make your startup successful. It’s that successful startups have the luxury of paying down technical debt.


There's a 1999-style crypto bubble forming that's going to tempt every startup to sell coins to the crowd instead of selling shares to VCs.


Startups don't die when they run out of cash, they die when the founders run out of energy.


Scaling a company via code and contracts instead of via people mitigates the Principal-Agent problem. Scaling via community-generated code and content mitigates Hayek’s Local Knowledge problem.


Perhaps there is a permanent increase in the number of startups because we have innovated on the infrastructure of innovation itself.


Startups options should last for 10 years or allow net exercise. Otherwise employees often have to forfeit on departure. Borderline scam.

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