18 Mistakes that Kill Startups

In honor of the Lisbon Agenda

[T]here’s just one mistake that kills startups: not making something users want. If you make something users want, you’ll probably be fine, whatever else you do or don’t do. And if you don’t make something users want, then you’re dead, whatever else you do or don’t do. So really this is a list of 18 things that cause startups not to make something users want.

From Paul Graham, by way of Bruce Sterling.

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  1. Indeed. This is up there with the advice that Dan Ackroyd gives to Eddie Murphy in Trading Places: ‘buy low, sell high’.


    Paul Graham is a world class programmer, who has also written one of the best books on advanced programming that I have ever read. He should stick to the programming, and enjoy the large amounts of money he has made – he would look less foolish.

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