Startup Success Tips from Shana Fisher at NY Startup School 2014
This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Shana Fisher at Startup School NY 2014" by Y Combinator
TLDR Startups should focus on getting things done, perfecting their product, and prioritizing people management skills to succeed, while also researching investors, building for today, and creating breakthrough designs.
Focus on getting things done by any means necessary in the early stages of a startup, rather than just thinking about runway.
Consider complementary skills when structuring your company and focus on perfecting your product to rise above competitors.
New York has a creative environment and early stage funding, but California has an advantage in middle stage funding and talent for startups.
Research investors before pitching, prioritize building for today, focus on solving current problems, create breakthrough designs, and focus on underlying product breakthroughs.
Startups should prioritize people management skills, diversity in hiring, and team building, using neurological approaches like the Scarf Method to grow as managers.
Managing a team requires thoughtful management of humans, avoiding hasty hiring and learning from early mistakes to become a better manager.
Elon Musk inspired by Cosmos to tackle big problems and seeks people with big dreams, while 🎥 Pixar's movies are the best because of their heart, people, and ideas, and more companies should follow their example.
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