Corey Haines
June 12, 2024

How to start a startup

All you have to do is...

  • Build a product people want
  • Find customers
  • Provide exceptional service
  • Hire talented people
  • Get those talented people to work well with each other
  • Constantly evolve as your customers and industry evolve
  • Ship features quickly enough to keep up with AI and competitors
  • Fund it with your own paycheck or savings or talk to hundreds of investors to get one to invest
  • Comply with global tax laws
  • Try not to cry when you see your first payment dispute
  • Avoid running out of money
  • Hope you never get sued for some bogus reason
  • Manage the backlash of unhappy customers publicly complaining
  • Balance work-life in a way that doesn’t result in total burnout
  • Try not to get in trouble with GDPR or other data privacy regulations
  • Handle the inevitable roadblocks that set your project back weeks
  • Appease investors with quarterly reports and answering a barrage of existential questions
  • Wake up at 3am to handle a DDoS attack on vacation
  • And of course, always be prepared to pivot your entire business on a dime

I can’t believe more people don’t do this.

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