On great words your team don’t give a f*ck
1 Quote, 1 Thought. For founders (not) only.
Hi, troublemakers! 👋
Here's a powerful quote I've highlighted this week, along with a thought for you to reflect this weekend.
Take care and unwind!
From The Anthology of Balaji:
“A startup is willing something into existence.”
For founders, this isn’t an unusual notion. We all have a somewhat accurate image of what a startup is, what it certainly isn’t, and, actually, why we do it. I would love to write more about why I believe in this idea, how it guides my life, and so on. This wouldn’t be a particularly noteworthy discovery, though.
Instead, I want to direct your attention to the other side of the coin:
YES, we founders are often fueled by this ‘zero to one’ philosophy in work and, generally, in life.
And NO, our teams are not always aligned with this vision.
Last year, I doubled my team to over 30 people, and what I've observed in these last few quarters is a significant difference between newcomers and the old guard.
I think it’s because when launching a startup, you often have nothing more than a great vision and a spark in your eye. Thus, you naturally hire people who share your values, those ready to sacrifice stability and quick financial gains.
Life’s a funny thing, so the real challenges begin when you hit the tipping point.
It’s growth that marks the transition from a garage startup to a company.
With every new member joining, you’re evolving from a startup into a more ‘organized business’. Even if you don’t feel it that way, your team does. And for them, the idea of willing something into existence might not be the primary motivation.
I remember discussing with one of my close friends the concept of Amazon's Day One. I was inspired, finding this simple concept extremely valuable for orienting your team.
After patiently listening to my excitement, my friend answered:
I know hundreds of managers and engineers from Amazon, and one thing I'm certain about is that they don't give a f*ck about Day One. They are just employees in another big corp, cogs in the giant machine.
Everyone has their own speed limiter.
Learning and stress curves vary from person to person. Therefore, the substance of a company must evolve with its growth — and that is the ultimate purpose of a startup's existence.
To quote Paul Graham, a startup is a business built to grow extremely rapidly.
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