Learn from Brian Chesky, Co-Founder & CEO of Airbnb, in his 2010 speech about how he survived their first 1,000 startup days.
This chapter is largely built around a presentation by Drew Houston, Co-Founder & CEO of DropBox, that covers many solid recommendations on how to build an online company.
Relationship Advice, Solving Problems and Emotions
Tom Preston-Werner, Co-Founder & CTO of GitHub, on bootstrapping
David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of the Ruby on Rails framework and Partner at 37Signals, talks about building a viable business to last, bootstrapping, questioning popular startup mantras, and prioritizing happiness over profit. I'm sorry about the terrible audio syncing problem, but try to suffer through it because there is some great content in here.
Ron Conway, Godfather of Silicon Valley, famed investor and investor in our own Course Hero, talks about some of the defining entrepreneurs that he has met over the last 20 years: traits and lessons from these people. These are examples to learn from.
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Brian Chesky, Co-Founder & CEO of Airbnb, was a self-described obscure and powerless college graduate who quit his job and moved to San Francisco to start a company (the idea was TBD) with his best friend and $1,000.
Breakthrough! ... Not. Back to work on making the product better. But how?
Learn from Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, why entrepreneurs don't make risk / reward decisions like other people.
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood" - from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic" delivered by Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
The crazy things you try when nobody is using your product. Never lose hope. Never surrender.
Not like that! The AibBnB team's success was in large part due to their continual customer development process of visiting, talking to and staying with their customers. Here are some key learnings.
Launching first as a community marketplace for bed and breakfasts near conferences (very niche idea), AirBnB took 1,000 days of customer development, press marketing, category expansion and true grit to become a highly popular community marketplace for space (very big idea).
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