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1

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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

If you want less competition, pick a harder problem.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

4

Startups need both the experience of people who’ve done it before and the optimism of people who haven’t.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

5

Startups are hard, try to avoid: -living with your team -conferences -delaying equity convos -raising $ from non seasoned investors -schwag -business advice from lawyers -endless coffee meetings -decompressing w/ social media -not sleeping -equity grants to trophy advisors

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

6

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.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

Any gig-worker app that cannot make the business model work while paying $15/hour (after expenses!), basic benefits, vacation time, and family leave should not exist. Running a modern-day serf economy behind a slick UI is disgraceful.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

9

I think the #1 reason startups fail is the founders run out of energy.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

10

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

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

11

Formula for startup success: Find large highly fragmented industry w low NPS; vertically integrate a solution to simplify value product.

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

@rabois

12

The best startup ideas come from the intersection of new technology and an old human need.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

13

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

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

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

15

Startup vanity: Valuation, Press, Funding, # of Employees, Offices, Meetings w/ famous people, Meeting to give lots of advice Success: Revenue, Users, Word of mouth, Retention, Servers on fire, Emails asking for features, Meetings w/ users

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

16

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

17

Some of the most successful startups were started because the founders couldn’t get jobs.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

19

Founders: we need the best engineers to work on our hardest problems! Engineers: I want to work on AI, interesting hardware problems, and scaling! Reality: hey, so can you make a landing page, make forgot about password, and fix these 3 bugs customers are complaining about?

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

20

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

21

Startups: let's do it and ask for permission later. Big companies: let's have a meeting to see if we should ask for permission to do it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

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

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

The highest honor while building a startup is when people put your product in their resume as a skill.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

24

Why is every startup a 10 year overnight success? 80% of new businesses fail in the first 5 years. Another 80% fail in the next 5 years. If you can last 10 years your business is in the top 4% of cos that are still kicking. If you start, be ready to commit for 10 years.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

25

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

26

Startups don’t need capital - they need signal.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

27

Founding a startup is like putting all of your eggs in one basket, and then throwing that basket off a cliff.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

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

29

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

30

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

31

You can guarantee yourself the ability to start a startup: Buy a domain. Learn to code so you won't need to pay for engineers. Learn a bit of design so you won't need any designers. There you go. Now you can launch anything.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

32

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

33

Startup idea: A dating app that matches you based on your taste in music, movies, and books.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

34

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

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

35

Startups need early believers.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

36

One reason you cannot easily part-time do a startup is that so many of the best, clever ideas occur somewhat spontaneously. You sort of look at all the possible angles over a span of 12-18 months and one day, while looking at a tree, the proverbial apple bonks you on head.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

37

This is a never ending thread of the very best online content and resources for early stage startups. Relevant for both self-funded/bootstrapped and venture backed pre-seed/seed stage companies.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

38

Speed is a near universal value in most startups: speed to ship, speed of initial ux, speed of the app loading, speed of decision making, speed of hiring or firing, speed of customer support. Speed is your best defense while you have no moat.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

39

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

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

40

The first 12 mo of a startup can be compressed to: 1. Is there demand & does anyone want this? 2. Is it useful & will they keep using it? 3. How do I get more people to keep using it? Interspersed w/ periods of irrational conviction & temp sadness despite nothing having changed

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

41

Magic metrics indicating a startup probably has product/market fit: 1) cohort retention curves that flatten (stickiness) 2) actives/reg > 25% (validates TAM) 3) power user curve showing a smile -- with a big concentration of engaged users (you grow out from this strong core)

Andrew Chen

Andrew Chen

@andrewchen

42

I don't buy the narrative that 90% of startups fail.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

43

Things that will probably not kill your company: someone who takes your idea and clones it, big companies, other competitors. Things that will: cofounder breakups, impatience, running out of money, shinier object syndrome. Most startups die by suicide.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

44

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

45

The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

46

When evaluating startup ideas, Peter Thiel tells entrepreneurs to ask three questions: 1) What is valuable? 2) What can I uniquely do? 3) What is nobody else doing? Every writer should ask themselves these questions before starting an essay too.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

47

Don’t start an up. Start a business.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

48

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

49

If you’ve been leading people in an organization for more than a year or two and you know how to do their job better than them, you’re the problem.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

50

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.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval