Startup Lessons Learned/Learning

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December 10, 2009

Startup Lessons Learned/Learning

Tips from the early days of Olark.
(presented with Zach Steindler)

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December 10, 2009
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  1. Startup Lessons Learned Matt Pizzimenti Zach Steindler ing 10 December

    2009
  2. Top 10 Things You Should Do and you will succeed

    or fail based solely upon these
  3. Sampling of 9 Things We Do / Did every startup

    is unique, but this might help ½
  4. who are we?

  5. what is Olark? ➡ easy live chat for sales and

    support ➡ YCombinator Summer 2009
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  7. be scrappy the scrappy shall inherit the earth

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  12. have good hacker friends get by with a little help

    from your friends
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  15. connect with your users why didn't you call last night?

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  19. charge your users man cannot survive on users alone

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  24. stop worrying about perfection "perfect" is the enemy of the

    good
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  26. investors are good at (some) things you don't get something

    for nothing
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  28. be willing to give up on ideas focus on what

    works
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  31. stop worrying about your competitors be aware of them, save

    your worrying for customers
  32. competitor came out of beta

  33. pick a measure of success for yourself you can't be

    all things to all people
  34. millions of users go huge, or go home

  35. steady revenue growth (mostly) bootstrapped

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  37. obligatory summary 1. be scrappy 2. have good hacker friends

    3. connect with your users 4. charge your users 5. stop worrying about perfection 6. investors are good for (some) things 7. be willing to give up on ideas 8. stop wasting time worrying about competitors 9. pick a measure of success for yourself
  38. lesson 9½: have fun!

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  46. startups aren't scary. we promise.