Weekly Links : Apr 15

I’m tired of reading startup gossip, news about Twitter, and news about companies that are building stuff on top of Twitter. So I had to stop.

I recently set my home page to Hacker News, which unearthed some great content (new and old) and surprised me with refreshing community guidelines.

Here are a couple of links recently featured on HN. These days I think a lot about the challenges of startups, strategy shifts, and revenue generation. Most of these links touch on those topics.

Validated learning about customers

Nice post on measuring success via what you learn about your customers in each iteration. Also read Eric’s post about running out of iterations. Assume you’ll get a lot of things wrong before you discover what's right. Optimize your funding and spending to maximize your ability to adapt and make major strategy shifts.

The Development Abstraction Layer

An insightful article by Joel Spolsky about why great developers often start unsuccessful companies.

Solve the problem, not just a problem

It’s easy to take a technology and build a bunch of stuff that might be cool…someday. These guys did the opposite and focused only on what they needed to solve their problem. They found a neat use of git in the process.

Getting Attention Is a Stupid Business Plan

If you view the number of people following your business on Twitter as an important metric of success, then read this article. Multiple times.

Caring for your Introvert

This has nothing to do with startups, but as an introvert I enjoyed this a lot. Nicely distinguishes introversion from shyness and misanthropy:

“Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially ‘on,’ we introverts need to turn off and recharge.”

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