How Not to Die by Paul Graham

Bumped into a great essay from Paul Graham on key factors for to keep your startup alive.

Summary: Assume that it is going to be a long path, mined with failures and hard moments. The best way to maintain the fighting spirit and decide to not give up is to, as soon as possible have a set of early adopters: people who will use the product, tell you want they would like to see changed and what they like. And have a single focus: making sure that those users are happy and keep on using your product.

At Collaxa, we had Morgan Stanley as a design partner during our first year. And right after our 1.0 release, we built a developer community with whom we interacted on a daily basic and to whom we provided a build every month. Every month for 36 months. 2.0 b1- 2.0 b24, 2.0rc1-2.0rc12! 36 milestones in 36 months. That was our heartbeat. Having one helped us maintain our focus and weather all the ups and downs – that and having a *great* team.

So if you are a start up, define your heartbeat, measure it -so that everyone can feel it- and make sure that it never stops.

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11 thoughts on “How Not to Die by Paul Graham”

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