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Startups: How to Communicate Traction to Investors

<i>In the last year I've seen thousands of startup pitches while working with the AngelList crew, coached 100+ founders on how to communicate their</i> …

Startups

Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 8 Notes Essay

Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 8 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are mine.<p>Bruce Gibney, partner at Founders Fund, gave …

Believers vs non-believers

“I’d shut down Apple” - Michael Dell, 1997.<p>That line is from one of the most memorable quotes ever.<p>Today Michael Dell said it was a misunderstood …

Startups

Four types of business stories

Learn to write each one<p>Your business needs four different types of stories, each with a very different function. Learn how to write all four.<p>Story 1: …

Product > Strategy > Business Model

One of the mistakes I see entrepreneurs make is they move to business model before locking down strategy. The way I like to think about this is get …

Startup Advice

In honor of the new YC batch starting tomorrow, here is some of the best startup advice I’ve heard or given (mostly heard):<p>1. Make something people …

The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

For the past 5 years or so Google, Facebook and a handful of tech industry giants have been quietly buying scores of early-stage startups for their …

Shipping is your company's heartbeat

Software only becomes valuable when you ship it to customers. Before then it’s just a costly accumulation of hard work and assumptions.<p>Shipping …

Product Management

How can one become a better thinker?

Originally Answered: How does one become a good thinker?<p><i>There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when shown, and those that do</i> …

What We Look for in Founders

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>October 2010<p><i>(I wrote this for Forbes, who asked me to write something about the qualities we look</i> …

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A six-step framework to make strategic decisions • Tomasz Tunguz

Any number of challenges can arise during a startup’s initial years. Some of these changes could be major and may require rethinking strategy. …

Management

Subject: Airbnb

March 2011<p>Yesterday Fred Wilson published a remarkable post about missing Airbnb. VCs miss good startups all the time, but it's extraordinarily rare …

Freedom of Information

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“Just win baby.”<br>—Al Davis<p><i><br>This post is dedicated to the late Al Davis. Rest in peace.</i><p>Back in the bad old days when I was running Loudcloud, I thought …

What separates the top 10% of startup CEOs from the rest?

<b>Top startup CEOs, like highly successful pro sports coaches, tend to be exceptional ego/people managers</b><i>.</i><p>I’ve worked in Silicon Valley, Wall Street, …

The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application

Introduction<p>What is Getting Real?<br>• About 37signals<br>• Caveats, disclaimers, and other preemptive strikes<p>The Starting Line<p>Build Less<br>• What’s Your Problem?<br>• Fund …

Web Applications

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“Teachers teach and do the world good<br>kings just rule and most are never understood”<br>– KRS 1, <i>My Philosophy</i><p>When I first became a manager, I had mixed …

Never, Ever Compromise: Hiring For Culture Fit

Your company culture is the foundation on which everything you do rests. Your culture acts as an unwritten set of rules that drives behavior and …

Generalists

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'I Loved What I Did' - MIT Technology Review

It’s tolerably well known that newspapers and magazines bank the obituaries of the ailing famous. When Steve Jobs died last Wednesday, the encomia …

Customers

When Things Don’t Work Out

I have said many times that early stage VC is a lot like baseball, if you get a hit one out of every three times, you are headed to the hall of fame. …

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Don’t admit that your faith is weak<br>Don’t say that you feel like dying<br>Life’s hard then it feels like diamonds<br>Your home’s just far too gone<br>Much too …

The Top Idea in Your Mind

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>July 2010<p>I realized recently that what one thinks about in the shower in the morning is more …

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Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

This is part of my Startup Advice series<p>I often have career discussions with entrepreneurs — both young and more mature — whether they should join …

The ideal startup career path

For most people I know who join or start companies, the primary goal is not to get rich – it is to work on something they love, with people they …

You Weren't Meant to Have a Boss

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>March 2008, rev. June 2008<p>Technology tends to separate normal from natural. Our bodies weren't …

What Startups Are Really Like

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>October 2009<p><i>(This essay is derived from a talk at the 2009 Startup School.)</i><p>I wasn't sure what to …

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