I think it's stupid to read lots of books about doing something (in this case startups) and then believe you're actually learning something from it. The moment I write this sentence and you read it (weeks, months or years later), I might have already changed my mind. They need to fly to San Francisco and build a "network" and get million dollar investment from old rich guys. There's giant company exits where the founders barely made money. To show you, you might be able to do it differently. How about this: do things yourself and build a nice side project, that then can maybe turn into a bigger project, that then maybe becomes a company that makes you enough money to quit your day job and stop working for the man.
Because most successful people I know learned mostly everything they know from practice. Then there's the entire survivorship bias, it assumes that what worked for me will work for you. Because time has already changed and I will never be able to put on to paper all the variables that have attributed to things than went successful for me. They need to hire 10x power developers and work them for 100-hour work weeks while feeding them pizza and soda. Enough money to build up good savings, that if you invest well, will give you a nice early retirement.
And in a bigger way for creating this whole indie startup wave that I am benefiting from so much. I think it takes a certain amount of hubris to put your thoughts in 200 pages and think you actually know something well enough that you should share it with people. Even with all these things stacked against writing a book. Because the odds of a venture capital (VC) funded startup are stacked against you.
But then all of you started buying it, so hey, let's do this! I want to write a book, if only because I see so much bullshit going around in the world of startups and tech. People think they need to build billion dollar companies. Only 10% or less exit and that doesn't even tell you if the founders make good money.
I think if I started answering them I'd simply not get to working on my own projects anymore.
You'll be miles further than the person next to you pitching with just a Power Point deck.
Because I went from really scrappy side project to profitable company with users a few times now.
Most times it failed miserably, but a few times it worked out for me.
At time of writing, my website Remote OK just became the most visited remote jobs board in the world with 1 million monthly visits.
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