Startup Founders: Take Action and Get Your First Customer - Insights from Dalton Caldwell and Michael Seibel
This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Elon Musk & The Midwit Meme – Dalton Caldwell and Michael Seibel" by Y Combinator
TLDR Startup founders should focus on taking action and getting their first customer, rather than overthinking and over-optimizing.
Both smart and foolish strategies can result in the same outcome.
Being young and naive can be an advantage for startup founders.
Elon Musk's story shows how a narrative can make someone look like a genius or a dummy, and his companies Tesla and the Boring Company are examples of this.
Focus on raising the money you need and building quickly to survive launch day.
Search for a co-founder outside of your circles and have multiple reasons for why they should be chosen, while also coordinating to get featured in major publications and rebranding due to a similar name.
Spending too much time on a YC application doesn't guarantee success.
Not sure if you have product market fit? If you're too busy to think about it, you probably do.
Take action and focus on getting your first customer, not overthinking and over-optimizing.