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The future belongs to cats

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“The future of all retail is digital.”―Tobi Lukte, 8 December 2020

Money is worth it, maybe

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“Raising money adds risk. It narrows the definition of success, reduces the range of positive outcomes, heightens expectations, creates artificial pressures, balloons costs, and starts the countdown timer. It may be worth it, but it doesn’t make things easier.”―Jason Fried, 8 December 2020

Bets on gaps

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“Startups are a bet on the gap between what a market *could* be with the right product and what the market it *is* today. The wider the gap the better, which is why often the most underestimated startups become the biggest.”―Aaron Levie, 13 December 2020

The corner office is dead, long live the corner office

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“Sometimes my corner office has been the corner of an airport floor next to a power outlet! I’ve also heard from colleagues that feel like their office feels like an unsupervised day care center since the quarantine started. The point I want to make is there’s a world of possibility that opens up when you […]

The zero to one test

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“What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”―Peter Thiel

No one can copy You

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“If people want to buy your product because there’s you behind it, you’re in an uncontested market space with no competition. Nobody can copy you.”―Daniel Vasallo

Real estate holdings underground

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“If #Bitcoin is the steel of cyber-architecture, then #Domains are the real estate holdings underneath, anchoring the virtual age in the bedrock of language and providing portals to the digital networks critical to life now and yet to come.”―Michael Saylor, September 30, 2020

How startups die

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“Way more startups have died by over-building for their market vs. under-building. Always start simple then expand.”―Aaron Levie, October 11, 2020

Find me a f*cking socialist like this, for f*ck’s sake

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“By the way, I am actually a socialist. Just not the kind that shifts resources from most productive to least productive, pretending to do good, while actually causing harm. True socialism seeks greatest good for all.”―Elon Musk, June 16, 2018

Say No to meetings

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“No meetings before 11 am. No meetings when emails or calls will do. Don’t schedule calls, text coordinate them on the fly when possible. Cram all meetings into two days a week. 1-on-1s are usually 30-minute walking meetings. (Meetings are the death of productivity)”― Naval