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Ode to the founder

Ode to the Founder Here’s to you, Mr. and Ms. Founder… (startupsanonymous.com link)

Cover art by Warner Bros, The Great Gatsby.


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Startups are a marathon and not a sprint

Start-ups are a marathon and not a sprint (hackernoon.com link)

The saying It’s a marathon not a sprint, albeit overused — proves that there is more meaning to uncover than what we initially assumed. Committing to a goal is difficult, but seeing progress is something we can never regret (medium.com link)

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Do things that do not scale

One of the most common types of advice Y Combinator gives to founders is to do things that don’t scale. A lot of would-be founders believe that startups either take off or don’t. You build something, make it available, and if you’ve made a better mousetrap, people beat a path to your door as promised. Or they don’t, in which case the market must not exist.

Actually startups take off because the founders make them take off. There may be a handful that just grew by themselves, but usually it takes some sort of push to get them going (paulgraham.com link)

Paul Graham: What does it mean to do things that don’t scale?

Do Things That Don’t Scale: a crowdsourced collection of unscalable startup hacks and stories (dothingsthatdontscale.com link)

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Crossing the chasm

Geoffrey Moore is an author of Crossing the Chasm (1991), a marketing book that focuses on the specifics of marketing high tech products during the early start up period (geoffreyamoore.com link, wikipedia.org link)

The chasm refers to the technology adoption lifecycle, or the transition from the early market into the mainstream eye. Crossing the chasm means the opportunity for hyper-growth and market success. It’s the leap from being a new, little-known and exploratory product, to mass adoption and well-known status (parkersoftware.com link)

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Why startups fail

CrunchBase Insights: The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail (cbinsights.com link)

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Clarke’s three laws

British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke formulated three adages that are known as Clarke’s three laws. These so-called laws are:

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

(wikipedia.org link)

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Software is eating the world

Marc Andreessen penned his famous “Why Software Is Eating the World” essay in The Wall Street Journal in 2011. Today, the idea that “every company needs to become a software company” is considered almost a cliché. No matter your industry, you’re expected to be reimagining your business to make sure you’re not the next local taxi company or hotel chain caught completely off guard by your equivalent (techcrunch.com link)

Original essay by Marc Andreessen “Why Software Is Eating the World” (a16z.com link)

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Death of a salesman

Death of a Salesman is a 1949 stage play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. The play premiered on Broadway in February 1949, running for 742 performances. It is a two-act tragedy set in the 1940s New York told through a montage of memories, dreams and arguments of the protagonist Willy Loman, a travelling salesman who is disappointed from his life and appears to be slipping into senility. The play contains a variety of themes, such as the American Dream, the anatomy of truth, and betrayal (wikipedia.org link)

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Unicorn startups

In business, a unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion (investopedia.com link)

CrunchBase Insights: The Complete List Of Unicorn Companies (cbinsights.com link)

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