Bite-sized Startup Lessons
8 posts on the early-stage startup journey
In the past 4 months, I’ve narrowed in on an idea (helping web3 businesses unlock the powers of crypto!), raised funding, hired our first few engineering hires and are now iterating our way towards P-M fit (🤞).
I find myself writing bite-sized snippets of lessons along the way, as a way of solidifying & sharing all I’m learning. Always looking to grow this as I navigate, experiment, and fail forward in this startup adventure.
The #1 rule I learned from my cofounder (who’s hired dozens of strong engineers in the past): Treat your hiring process like you would a product — all candidates need a fantastic user experience.
I’ve 1) gone through a cofounder breakup; 2) tried going Hans Solo; 3) gone through several “cofounder dates.” The journey is not as black and white as it may seem.
Top 3 catchphrases VCs like to throw around during the fundraising phase that I find, at least 80% of the time, aren’t true.
Some top principles I’m following when hiring for our early team.
The 40-minute cutoff for free Zoom is kind of genius.
A great cap table, manifesting from the likely heartbreaking truth of the VC world.
I’ve entered in a couple design partnerships for idea exploration drawing tactical advice on the process (while testing/working through them myself!)
Simple, focused and starting small is hard, but it’s the right thing to do, for the company and for your users.
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