Startup Advice in Three Word Doses

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Rules of Thumb

I curate startup advice in three word doses from Dharmesh Shah, Ed Weissman, the Cluetrain Manifesto, and a number of other sources.

Startup Advice in Three Word Doses

Dharmesh Shah

Dharmesh Shah posted 47 pieces of “Three Word Startup Advice” in January of this year. I picked these seven out as the most applicable to bootstrappers:

  • Watch your cash.
  • Pick founders carefully.
  • Guard your time.
  • Decide with data.
  • Accept imperfect data.
  • Protect your health.
  • Build a brand.

See also “Dharmesh Shah’s Pithy Thoughts for Startup Co-Founders

Ed Weissman

Ed Weissman added these seven when it was picked up on Hacker News

  • Find a customer.
  • Satisfy their needs.
  • Get their money.
  • Use their feedback.
  • Improve your software.
  • Hit your deadlines.
  • Never give up.

See also “Ed Weissman on B2B Opportunities” and Part 2

Cluetrain Manifesto

Here are seven I extracted and boiled down from the Cluetrain Manifesto

  • Markets are conversations.
  • Markets are human.
  • Networked markets self-organize.
  • De-cloak, get personal.
  • Talk with customers.
  • Listen to customers.
  • Share community concerns.

Other Sources

My contributions, none of which are original.  I like all of the above as well, these are meant to address additional areas:

No good links for learning curve.  I need to blog about learning curve effects, both in customer sites and their importance in considering competitive posture.  See also Self-Mastery, Expertise, Connections, and Perseverance.


Update Sun-Sep-05: a few more occurred to me that had not been mentioned

  • Define your hypotheses
  • Leave the BatCave
  • Test your hypotheses
  • Form Advisory Board
  • Understand Root Cause

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