Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on problem Solving

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If you want less competition, pick a harder problem.


You don’t become interesting by copying interesting people. You become interesting by following your own interests, going deeper down the rabbit hole than anyone else, and surfacing something new for the rest of us.


A CEO’s first job is to get the company capitalized. A CEO’s second job is to recruit a team. A CEO’s third job is to provide them with clarity so they can solve their customers' problems. A CEO’s fourth job is to get out of the way until one of the above is no longer true.


Your customers don't care about your product, they care about their problems.


The best startups solve a problem no one even knew they had.


Education is about problem-solving, not test-passing.


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.


Great software is created by people passionate about problems–not software.


Successful startups happen by solving problems in ways large companies can’t.


Start a company because you need it to solve a problem. Don't search for a problem because you want to start a company.


Build a product to solve your own problem. That way you'll have at least one user – more than most startups ever get.


The farther away a problem is, the easier it looks to solve. The closer you get, the more respect you'll have for the people working on it. But the only way to fully empathize is to work on the problem yourself.


Build a product to solve your own problem, then hire your customers to solve their own problems.


Two things your product should do: 1. Solve your customer’s problems. 2. Get out of the way.


There are a lot more people who want problems solved than people who want to solve them.


The most important question is "what problem does my customer have?" The second-most important question is "why haven't they solved it yet?"


If you’re having a hard time: - Raising money - Hiring people - Getting customers The problem may not be in your ability to fundraise, hire, or sell. Those are symptoms. The problem is probably more fundamental: lack of growth, lack of product-market fit, you.


If you build a product to solve your own problem, you'll have a user you can talk to every single second of the day: you.


Pick a problem you'll love working on, not because it'll make you buckets of money. Because when years pass and there's still no money in sight, the love for the problem will keep you going.


The best interview is solving a problem together.


Early in your career, you should solve your own problems. The super-quick customer feedback loop (with yourself) will make you really good, really fast. After you get really good, solve other people's problems.


Growth solves all problems, but it also causes all problems.


It’s not too late to get started. There are still a hundred times more problems than there are businesses solving them. And the best businesses have yet to be built.


Empathy solves problems. Hate rarely does.


How to build a business that matters: Start by solving your own problem, because the near-instant feedback loop will teach you the most about the space. Then move onto solving other people's problems within that space, because that's where most of the impact will happen.


Dipping your toes into different industries is a little bit like traveling. It's good to see how the same problem can be solved in a myriad of different ways.


The best complaints come in the form of solutions.


Great solutions require nuance. If we don't include and reward nuance in our debates, we won't get great solutions.

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