Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on product management

Founder Gumroad, funder @ shl.vc

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1

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

2

First-time founders care most about product. Second-time founders care most about distribution.

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Building a product for others: - Starting with zero customers - Painfully slow feedback loop - Customers don’t tell you what they really want Building a product for yourself: - Starting with one customer - you! - Infinitely fast feedback loop - Little to no miscommunication

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The best way to save money is to build a high-quality product. - Quality means your customers sell: less salespeople - Quality means your product has fewer issues: less customer service - Quality means your product does more with less: less engineers

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I don't like coding that much. I don't like designing that much. I don't like product management that much. But I *love* having shipped a product people love.

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"Show don't tell" is close to universal advice. It applies to: - Writing stories - Leadership - Product development

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Some of the best changes come in the form of deletion: Get rid of a bunch of code. Deprecate a feature. Remove an unneeded paragraph. Smear a bunch of brushstrokes into a single texture. Figure out what 𝘪𝘵 is, and then get rid of what isn't 𝘪𝘵.

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