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  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    My only leisure activities were running, which I needed to do to keep working anyway, and about fifteen minutes of reading a night. I had a girlfriend for a total of two months during that three year period. Every couple weeks I would take a few hours off to visit a used bookshop or go to a friend's house for dinner. I went to visit my family twice. Otherwise I just worked.
    Note: Work schedule
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    it's hard to repeat a brilliant performance, but it's straightforward to avoid errors. [9]
    Note: Via negafiva lessons can work
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    Great things happen when a group of employees go out to dinner together, talk over ideas, and then come back to their offices to implement them. So you want to be in a place where there are a lot of restaurants around, not some dreary office park that's a wasteland after 6:00 PM.
    Note: office location
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    I'd advise most startups to avoid corporate space at first and just rent an apartment. You want to live at the office in a startup, so why not have a place designed to be lived in as your office?
    Note: rent an alartment to start your company
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    Unless you're in a market where products are as undifferentiated as cigarettes or vodka or laundry detergent, spending a lot on brand advertising is a sign of breakage. And few if any Web businesses are so undifferentiated. The dating sites are running big ad campaigns right now, which is all the more evidence they're ripe for the picking. (Fee, fie, fo, fum, I smell a company run by marketing guys.)
    Note: Marketing spend may be a sign of weakness (kr undifferentiated goods)
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    The most efficient way to reach VCs, especially if you only want them to know about you and don't want their money, is at the conferences that are occasionally organized for startups to present to them.
    Note: Broadcast awareness to VCs
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    I do have a rule of thumb for recognizing when you have, though. When everyone feels they're getting a slightly bad deal, that they're doing more than they should for the amount of stock they have, the stock is optimally apportioned.
    Note: Equity rule of thumb
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    People who don't want to get dragged into some kind of work often develop a protective incompetence at it.
    Note: Protective incompetence
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    as a rule you can recognize genuinely smart people by their ability to say things like "I don't know," "Maybe you're right," and "I don't understand x well enough."
    Note: idk = smrt
  • Ron shared from a Personal Document
    If you think about people you know, you'll find the animal test is easy to apply. Call the person's image to mind and imagine the sentence "so-and-so is an animal." If you laugh, they're not. You don't need or perhaps even want this quality in big companies, but you need it in a startup.
    Note: Do they pass the animsl test?