10 More Startup Commandments

  1. You will have at least one catastrophe every three months.
  2. Outsource effectively, or be effectively outsourced.
  3. Do you thrive on stress and ambiguity? You’d better.
  4. The best way to get outside funding is to be successful already. Stupid but true. But you, cheapskate, don’t need money, right?
  5. People will think your idea sucks. They’re even probably right. The only way to prove them wrong is to succeed.
  6. A startup will require your complete attention and devotion. Thought your first love in High School was clingy? You can’t take out a restraining order on your startup.
  7. Being an entrepreneur requires a healthy amount of ignorance. Note I did not say stupidity.
  8. Your software sucks. So what. Everyone else’s does also, and re-architecting is the kiss of death for a startup. Startups are no place for architecture astronauts.
  9. You do have a public API, right?
  10. Abject Terror. Overwhelming Joy. Monstrous Greed. Embrace and harness these emotions you must.
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