David Kidder

The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from their Founding Entrepreneurs

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b9044793127has quoted5 months ago
you can’t describe your company’s value as a painkiller, then I recommend you redefine and refine your business thesis.
b9044793127has quoted5 months ago
expanding the definition to include any original new business initiative by a founding team that is focused on a high-growth, risk/reward profile, scalability, and market leadership.
Eder Ayrton Cornejo Diazhas quoted10 months ago
The first rule is to pay attention to the intuitive “itches” that accompany certain ideas. But VC-blogger Mark Suster pointed out a new twist on this formula: “scratch your own itch” makes sense, but it’s also led to the marketplace being overcrowded with bar and music apps. The end-goal shouldn’t be to scratch a personal itch that leads you to launch another bar app. The goal has to be to do something that you can imagine yourself being passionate about for at least six years.
Eder Ayrton Cornejo Diazhas quoted10 months ago
Passion Is a Proxy for Potential
Eder Ayrton Cornejo Diazhas quoted10 months ago
Don’t Suffer from the Sin of Comparison. Follow Your Own Path.
Eder Ayrton Cornejo Diazhas quoted10 months ago
When we spoke, I tried to get them to answer two central, burning questions:

1. What are your most vital theses for creating successful, scaling startups?

2. What are the key practices, behaviors, and ideas that power a startup’s growth in its first five years?
Ann Catherine Dizon Perezhas quoted3 years ago
you can’t describe your company’s value as a painkiller, then I recommend you redefine and refine your business thesis.
Ann Catherine Dizon Perezhas quoted3 years ago
Your startup company must be rooted and flow from the founder’s innate gifts.
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
Draw the org chart of what you want to look like twelve months from now. Then think about all the things you’re doing today—communication, people, processes, decision-making—and compare that to where it needs to be in a year. If you’re not building toward that, it’s going to be all wrong
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
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hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
Further self-assessment comes in the form of three essential questions he asks at the end of the year: Am I having fun at work? Am I learning and growing as a professional? Is my work financially rewarding enough, either in the short term or in the long term?
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
Don’t Collect Outstanding Individuals; Field a Great Team
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
nformation about what’s going on around them. To encourage that level of trust and engagement, you should be radically transparent, but also be mindful of what people can and cannot handle. (You want your company to be aware of dangers, but not freaked out by them. You want your executive team to be aware and freaked out.) Ultimately, there are very few things that you shouldn’t be transparent about.
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
People do their best work when you trust them and give them all of the information they need to make good decisions. Moreover, most people will go beyond the scope of their own jobs when they have
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
’d argue that it’s actually better to be passionate about building great companies than it is to be passionate about solving one particular problem. If you’re only passionate about solving a single problem, you’re going to have a much harder time when things aren’t working and you need to make a change. Pivoting is much harder if you’re emotionally wedded to a single idea.
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
The Four Steps to the Epiphany should be essential reading for every startup founder
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
CD set How to Be a No-Limit Person, by a motivational speaker named Dr. Wayne Dyer
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
In our case, we do a big, expensive event, and it turns out that giving away all the content of that event, far from destroying it, increases the demand for it.
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
Your reputation spreads faster than the ability of your competitors to exploit the information you’ve released
hartantotimothyhas quoted3 years ago
Don’t Make Big Decisions at a Time of Weakness
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