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Tonight while having dinner with friends/new business partners we enjoyed a vibrant conversation about career paths, choices in life, happiness and success. One part of the conversation that stood out to me was about founders earning their first million. The context was in terms of respect and what it means.
The phrase made me think about my life and accomplishments. I’ve done a lot of things but launching a company and having that one company to either make a million dollars or grow the user base to a million users is not one of them…. yet.
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Yesterday I was asked if I could pick five innovators and/or entrepreneurial thought leaders in the Silicon Valley/Bay area who I could shadow/learn from for a month. I provide six. My list is below:
- Elon Musk
- Mitch Kapor
- Ben Horowitz
- Sheryl Sandberg
- Vinod Khosla
- Mary Grove
I’m already learning/worked with one on my list. I have five more to go.
Who are your top 6 innovators and entrepreneurial thought leaders that you would like to learn from?
As if there are not enough advice on startups and raising money or failed launches to read on the internet but over the past week some investors and entrepreneurs posted some great content. Here are 6 Recent Startup Blog Post Every Tech Founder Should Read
If you read any good startup blog post recently let me know in the comments. Enjoy
Slava Akhmechet, wrote a great article called the 57 startup lessons. As I’ve been building PitchTo lessons number 27 and 28 really hit home about choosing features and will people pay for the service or those features. I agree with Slava’s 27 and 28 point.
27. Ask two questions for every product feature. Will people buy because of this feature? Will people not buy because of lack of this feature? No amount of the latter will make up for lack of the former. Don’t build features if the answer to both questions is “no”.
28. Build a product people want to buy in spite of rough edges, not because there are no rough edges. The former is pleasant and highly paid, the latter is unpleasant and takes forever.
You can read the entire list here.
6 Recent Startup Blog Post Every Tech Founder Should Read
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