Here are some random learnings/tips for anyone starting a startup journey, hope they are helpful:
1. Do one thing at a time and take time to carefully prioritise.
2. Your idea is not valuable.
3. Your network really matters.
4. The team is the most important thing ever.
5. If you put headphones on, people distract you less.
6. If you listen to foreign music, it distracts you less.
7. Investors are real people.
8. Not all investors are clever.
9. Meetings with big companies generally suck (for productivity).
10. Don’t do this for money (If you want cash start a lifestyle business).
11. Money and possessions are far less important than you think.
12. Expect rejection, learn from it and move on.
13. Always ask for help.
14. Co-founders/CEO’s of companies ahead of you make great mentors.
15. Plan thinking time in your calendar.
16. Give people deadlines for decisions.
17. Apologise to your family upfront and keep them in the loop
18. Other than with your family, act first and apologise later
19. Be decisive, the wrong decision is better than no decision.
20. If you want to speak to someone at the top of a big company, be nice to their PA.
21. You know more about your business than anyone else.
22. You do need to practice your pitch.
23. Brilliantly executed products allow you to disrupt a market, but badly executed products sell all the time.