How to win at startup

Mostly made to be a joke, highly opinionated, 100% fun to read.

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Back in 2016 when I started my entrepreneurial journey, I did the same as going into any new field: try to devour as much information and advice from people considered the best in their field, i.e. learn from the winners. Kind of like when you start getting into basketball, you want to imitate someone like Kobe (RIP), so that you (maybe) reach their level.

So what did I do? Read a bunch load of books, listened to a ton of podcasts, subscribed to some newsletters, and in general, I consumed (terrible verb) a lot of content. Although I learned quite a bit from this, I believe the high-level advice I would give to my younger self in 2016 would be this:

But I want to build a fun and sexy consumer startup!

Good luck to you. But if you do, I would maybe advise focusing your product to satisfy one (better: more than one) of the seven deadly sins. Too weird?

Here are some examples:

So, where do I go from here?

Co-founder & CTO @ AgentRisk. Former infra-tech guy (storage, networks). Startup nerd. Always building cool side-projects. #LongLA