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A lot of the advice given at YC is tactical; meant to be helpful on a day to day or week to week basis. But some advice is more fundamental. This is a collection of what YC considers the most important, most transformative advice for startups. Whether common sense or counter-intuitive, this guidance will help most startups find their path to success.
Mario Rodriguez learned a few lessons from his experience of working on a side project called Gigsprout. He shares them in this article on IndieHackers to help and inspire others who may be planning to launch a product of their own.
In an investor pitch you don’t have a time limit. You can prepare as much material as you need and either you’ll get to it or not. With a demo day, you most likely have a 5 minute pitch. For Y Combinator it’s even 2 minutes! How do you approach this? Pitch coach Donna Griffit explains.
Compared to deep knowledge in a small set of technical skills, Merci Victoria Grace considers self-awareness, emotional resilience and an ability to understand people to be the primary drivers of a Product Manager’s performance. These qualities are much more difficult to learn — and at their root they are about applying a growth mindset to product work.