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I'd rather be a founder than a loser. Here are the lessons for founders I've learned here so far:

Be exceptional. Be great.

Manage your emotions.

Do the most important thing first thing in the morning.


You can make progress in anything with 50 coffee meetings. Get started.

Be original. Be useful.


Discover your plan. With software. And personality. Personality is like bacon.

It takes a good five years to achieve something meaningful.

Be impatient for profit but patient for growth.

Be agreeable. And then some.

Employ stealth and speed.

Hire. Not only A players. Interview well.

Good engineers do not submit resumes.

Give yourself room for failures.

Find a great co-founder you trust deeply.

Governance is important to startups.

Read what makes a great founder and Steve Jobs' insights for founders.

Lead. Be the opposite of Steve Jobs.

There are a hundred rules for being an entrepreneur.

Learn from Reid Hoffman and Evan Williams.

Learn from early LinkedIn and MySpace and Pandora.

Scale makes business model easy.

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.

Talk normally.

Avoid frustration.

Never need venture capital.

Don't be an amateur. Be a pro.

Pitch till it hurts with five magic slides.

Don't underestimate how long funding takes.

Cash out carefully or the world will talk about you.

Nobody cares why something isn't working. So employ your Kanban boards. And make it succeed.

Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

The best time to start a company is always two years ago. And the next best time is now.

Your destination is not a place, but a new way of looking at things.

There are no shortcuts. NONE.

One more thing: Accelerate the creation and appreciation of beauty.


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