Lemon #39. You're not
While reading ‘The hard thing about hard things’ from Ben Horowitz, we learned some facts that caught our attention and would like to share:
Colin Powell says that leadership is the ability to get someone to follow you even if only out of curiosity. True fact.
One of the most important rule of raising money privately: look for a market of one. You only need one investor to say yes, so it’s best to ignore the other thirty who say ‘no’.
The best thing about startups? You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances them both.
No matter who you are, you need two kind of friends in your life. The first kind is one you can call when something good happens, and you need someone who will be excited for you. Not a fake excitement veiling envy, but a real excitement. You need someone who will actually be more excited for you than he would be if it had happened to him. The second kind of friend is somebody you can call when things fo horribly wrong -when your life is on the line and you only have one phone call. Who’s it going to be?
What product strategy is all about – figuring out the right product is the innovator’s job, not the customer’s job. The customer only knows what she thinks she wants based on her experience with the current product. The innovator can take into account everything that’s possible, but often must go against what she knows to be true. As a result, innovation requires a combination of knowledge, skills and courage. Sometimes only the founder has the courage to ignore the data.
Ben Horowitz @ The hard thing about hard things.