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How to Build a Successful Startup

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Innovation is hard. Building a team is hard. Finding traction is hard. Startups are simply all around hard. Maybe you have heard Elon Musk’s quote,

“Starting a company is like eating glass and staring into the abyss.”

The odds of success are stacked heavily against you. What drives you to face such an endeavor? Maybe you have this itch you must scratch, this inclination that destiny is something you grab by the horns and wrestle to your will, a burning fire in the pit of your stomach!! Or maybe it’s indigestion..

These feelings and internal questions are things you must answer and come to terms with on your own, for the sake of your own journey. What I can do to help you on your journey, though, is give you the sources for you to educate yourself, giving you the best possible chance for success.

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    Twice a year we invest a small amount of money ($150k) in a large number of startups (recently 200).

    The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which we work intensively with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.

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    An American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon.

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    As CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs spearheaded some of the most iconic products in technology, entertainment, and design.

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    Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, sold one of his internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion.

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    VC, Blogger, and Author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things.

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    Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, where it became Yahoo Store. In 2001 he started publishing essays on paulgraham.com, which in 2015 got 34 million page views. In 2005 he and Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell started Y Combinator, the first of a new type of startup incubator. Since 2005 Y Combinator has funded over 1000 startups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.

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    This book shows you how to validate your initial idea, find the right customers, decide what to build, how to monetize your business, and how to spread the word. Packed with more than thirty case studies and insights from over a hundred business experts, Lean Analytics provides you with hard-won, real-world information no entrepreneur can afford to go without.

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    Founders and employees fail to spend time thinking about (and working on) traction in the same way they work on building a product. This shortsighted approach has startups trying random tactics – some ads, a blog post or two – in an unstructured way that’s guaranteed to fail.
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