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#1: Be Narrow Focus on the smallest possible problem you could solve that would potentially be useful. Most companies start out trying to do too many things, which makes life difficult and turns you into a me-too.
By now you might be familiar with the startup with the funny name, as its very existence made news outlets as diverse as the Washington Post , Portfolio.com and Hipster Runoff .
Drew Houston, CEO/Founder of Dropbox , gave an amazingly forthcoming presentation at the Startup Lessons Learned Conference chronicling his team’s path from idea to their current position as one of today’s hottest startups. Because of the importance of protecting user data, they modified the “launch early, launch often” mantra to “learn early, learn often.” And they aspired to gain the “best understanding of customers as early as possible.”
I visit a lot of startups, the video here is of Posterous , a company that is doing it right. Usually you can tell immediately whether a startup is really run well (which Posterous is). You’ll have your own ability to “smell” real startups when you go on the Startup Crawl in SF on November 20 .
There are few people who know the ins and outs of the web as well as Joe Hewitt .