Ycombinator’s top advice for founders

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand” – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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The latest Ycombinator’s partners blog post distills their most essential advice for founders.

Here’s the gist of it:

1) Launch early.

2) Do things that don’t scale.

3) Look for the 90/10 solutions (accomplish 90% of what you want to do with 10% of time/effort.

4) Avoid distractions . Write code and talk to customers (“don’t talk to corp Dev”).

5) Choose your customers . Fire them if needed.

6) Foccus on growth but not at all costs . Pay attention to unit economics.

7) Do less. Choose one or two key metrics and optimise them.

8) Raise money as quickly as possible and get back to work.

9) Don’t be a jerk. Keep your team functioning.

10) Take care of yourself (physically , mentally, spiritually).


For the full post, visit: https://blog.ycombinator.com/ycs-essential-startup-advice/ and check out their “pocket guide”.

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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Ezewas a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.
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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Eze was a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google’s first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He’s an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.