1. "You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path."
    — Steve Jobs. Stanford Commencement Address, 2005 (via bijan)

  2. "Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
    — Kurt Vonnegut, via The Impossible Cool (via bijan)

  3. "Don’t think you are going to win in business with a better product, more capital, or a bigger team. You can’t just throw resources at a market and expect to win. The winner in a market most often has the best strategy and exectutes it well."
    — Fred 

    (Source: brycedotvc)


  4. "If you can’t convince yourself that your mission is important, think very hard about what you’re doing. I’d go so far as to say that a company that is not mission-oriented will have a hard time being really successful because of talent retention problems."
    — Sam Altman

    (Source: brycedotvc)


  5. "

    Startups tend to hold a lot of meetings. Too many. Have less. One of the easiest ones to kill is the status meeting. You don’t need to constantly meet with your team to provide a round robin of updates. Just have them write it down. Put it in a Google Doc and have everyone read it once a week.

    When it comes to decision-making meetings, make reversible decisions quickly. Most decisions in startups are reversible and yet we agonize over them for too long. When you come together, get the right data and the right people and drive toward a decision.

    Do this for all decision-making meetings, unless it’s truly an irreversible decision. Take more time with those, have more conversations, involve your advisors and board. Otherwise decide and execute. Your biggest advantage as a startup is the ability to change quickly later since there are so few moving parts.


    70% Of Your Time At Work Is Wasted - How To Change That via Fast Company

    Some useful tips on bringing sanity back to your life, particularly for startup founders.  There is a lot of ways to waste time, so be choosy with what you focus on and eliminate the time wasters that add up during the day.

    And probably the most useful tip in the article is this:


    (via marksbirch)

    (Source: Fast Company, via marksbirch)


  6. "Many things can catch your eye, but only pursue those that capture your heart."
  7. "Be A Samurai, Not A Rice Picker"


  8. "The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road; long before I dance under those lights."
    — Muhammad Ali
  9. startupquote:

    Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote.

    - Travis Kalanick


  10. "User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board."
    — Evan Williams, Co-Founder, Twitter

  11. "You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions. - Steve Case, AOL co-founder"

  12. "Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not. - Michael Dell #truth"

  13. This is a great resource for starting to learn UI/UX. 


    Basic UX Principles: How to get started

    The following list isn’t everything you can learn in UX. It’s a quick overview, so you can go from zero-to-hero as quickly as possible. You will get a practical taste of all the big parts of UX, and a sense of where you need to learn more. The order of the lessons follows a real-life UX process (more or less) so you can apply these ideas as-you-go. 


  14. Startups are hard.

    Here is a great section of a post from the CEO of FAB

    "There’s no way around it, startups are hard. And it’s supposed to be that way. You are trying to do things that no one has ever done before. You are trying to disrupt markets and incumbents. You are trying to change consumer behavior. You are  trying to move your employees out of their comfort zone. 

    You are going to make mistakes. You are going to fail. That’s all part of the startup life.

    The critical bit is to make sure that your entire team knows and internalizes that startups are supposed to be hard. This is especially difficult when your company is flush with cash and in growth mode. How do you explain to your team that you’ve got $xx millions (or $xxx millions) in the bank but their job is supposed to be hard every day? How do you get your team to spend every dollar like it’s their last and to be obsessively paranoid of complacency?

    By no means have I fully figured this one out yet. The natural default for me and for many CEOs is to try to inspire the team each day and focus on the wins, not the losses.

    Here are some ways I’ve been trying to keep our team at Fab focused on the “it’s supposed to be hard” bit:

    1. Say it. Say it again. And again and again. In talk after talk I keep reiterating the phrase, “Startups are hard; they are supposed to be hard.” The point is to acknowledge and keep hammering home this thought as a tone-setter.
    2. Celebrate challenges as much as successes. In 2014 I’m instituting a monthly “what sucked this month” review. The point is not to get people down on the business but rather to make sure we stop regularly and really talk through the weaknesses in the business and then make sure we have proper resources focused on improvement.  
    3. Make uncomfortable the new comfortable. Push people out of their comfort zone. Don’t allow group think to get in the way of pushing forward. Inertia is a company’s biggest enemy. 
    4. Measure vs. plan — using the right metrics. It’s too easy when you are growing to just ignore the plan in the name of growth or to focus on the top line instead of the bottom line. It is critical to measure regularly vs. plan and to make sure you are keeping score on the metrics most critical to long-term viability and value creation.”

    By Jason Goldberg, Founder & CEO of FAB. 


  15. The Lost Art of the Soft Launch



    In the past two years we’ve launched a lot of things at Zapier. Whether it was the product itself, big features, or separate products I’ve grown to love the soft launch.

    The soft launch traditionally refers to launching a product to a limited audience in order to work out the kinks. But one thing many entrepreneurs fail to remember is that if you are launching your startup for the first time, the odds of you attracting anything but a limited audience are slim to none unless you have influential friends or a big following via an email list, Twitter, Facebook or some other soapbox.

    So the first launch of a product is likely to be a soft launch whether you want it to be that way or not, because it’s highly unlikely you’ll get in front of a mass audience.

    This might be discouraging, but in many ways a soft launch is to your advantage. This week’s Startup Edition explores how to launch. And here’s why and how I like to do soft launches.

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