Best 24 Quotes & Tweets on Validation

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1

Next time an investor tells you your market is too small, ask them for the size of the market 10 years ago for Airbnb, Uber, or Snapchat.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

2

The only way to know if someone will pay for something is to put a price on it and see if they buy it. Asking “Would you pay $25 for this?” won’t get you an answer - it’ll get you a false sense of security (or insecurity). Why? It costs nothing to say “yes”.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

3

An idea stolen is an idea validated.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

4

As a startup, knowing when to scale the product & org is the most important decision. When you identify early signs of PMF, your instinct is to scale cause you've worked so damn hard for this moment. Make sure the PMF is real. Once you scale, it's almost impossible to go back.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

5

How do you know if someone will buy it? You sell it. There's no other way to know.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

6

The danger with raising a lot of money is that you can start buying a lot of ego validation.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

7

People often ask if a startup idea is viable based on a description alone. Hard to answer without knowing all of these— 🧲 Can you get customers (CAC)? 🤩 Will they be delighted (NPS)? 🗓 Will they stick with it (long term cohort retention)? Only then can you answer viability.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

8

When you ask people what they want, they’ll answer your question. But that’s not the answer you need.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

9

When people tweet about a billion dollar business idea someone else should build — it’s probably not a billion dollar business idea. Otherwise they would be building it.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

10

The validation you’re really searching for is your own

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

11

Observation: Many entrepreneurs skew their world view to match what they *want* to believe to be true. The result: Wasted time and often failure. I’ve fallen into this trap. Be honest with yourself. 😊

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover

12

Profit proves a business works. It’s the light you see when battery + wire + bulb connect. Revenue is disconnected bulb.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

13

Some founders fear charging their users for their product early on. I think it happens out of fear that it's premature & worry it might demotivate them. But I think it's much worse to toil on the wrong thing & waste precious minutes of your life. Use Venmo/PayPal & test!

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

14

If you generally get positive feedback on your ideas, don't trust the feedback. It's unlikely you're right that often.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

15

One tell-tale sign things are starting to go well in a startup is when you finally have users using the product more than you do. Particularly when the product is something you want too.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

16

At the earliest possible stage of startups, basing your success on the approval of anyone except your customer is basically instant death 💀 Don’t leave it in the hands of others to say no. Make something better/faster/cheaper that helps your customer and solves a problem.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

17

Every time I start to feel a little doubt about the company succeeding, I've always found that having users try the product & getting feedback was more than enough to keep my optimism. As long as the problems are solvable & sufficiently painful, it's just a matter of time.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

18

The most helpful conversations I've had when building a startup are the ones with smart people that *don't* like my idea. Having the curiosity to learn about the future they perceive has always led me to learn something I didn't previously understand well enough but needed to.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

19

I am obsessed with subscription models. They are the ultimate customer validation. A customer who is willing to subscribe to your product and stay with you month after month is a happy customer.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

20

It's easy to get people to say they like your startup idea. The real measure is if they agree to pay you. Up front. In cash. 💰

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

21

Trying to validate a business idea before it's on the market is like trying to validate a lottery ticket before the draw. You can't ignore uncertainty in a randomness-laden venture. Validation is an invalid concept in these activities.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

22

In investing: past success is no guarantee of future results. The same is true for building products. When you build a blockbuster product, your next product will still likely fail. Product market fit is incredibly hard for everyone & customers don't care about past results.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

23

Evergreen writing advice: Be more precise. • Back up your claims with statistics. • Use colorful adjectives. • Support your main point with specific stories and examples. Great writing is as sharp as a sword.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

24

"How do I validate that my validation technique is valid?!" 🤣 Stop validating, and start shipping. Make small bounded bets, then take what works, and ignore the rest.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo