THREAD: Most advice is garbage

Here's some advice you shouldn’t listen to on startups, careers and life:
“90% of startups fail”

If you’re building a startup for the money, please quit

You’re probably better off working for FB or AMZN and rising the ranks

A successful startup isn't just about the valuation. It's about impact on your team, the world and yourself

The journey is 🔥
“You'll sleep when you’re dead”

If you don't sleep, you'll BE dead

Sleep is crucial to a happy mind and body

Without sleep, you become "foggy drunk", unable to take control of your life, startup or career

Beware of hustle culture and sleepless nights
“Become a doctor, lawyer etc”

This is probably some of the most undercover toxic advice parents can give to their children

The internet has opened the doors for anyone to become anything

Discover WHO you want to become before you decide on WHAT you want to become
“Don’t talk to strangers”

- You can't make lifelong friends if you don't talk to strangers
- You can't really discover who you are if you don't talk to strangers
- You can't get the benefits of the internet without talking to strangers

BE CAREFUL, but please talk to strangers
“Money is the root of all evil”

When you grow up poor, money is far from evil

Money is gifts under the Christmas tree, it's healthcare for the family and it's freedom

Use money for impact, not evil
"Don't burn bridges"

Some bridges are worth burning. Life's too short for toxic vibes

Toxicity stands between you and what you want

Burn toxic bridges
“You NEED to find a technical co-founder”

Hundreds of startups die give up everyday. The culprit? No technical co-founder

A technical co-founder won't solve your problems. Be creative, use Upwork to keep momentum, do what you can to make top technical talent flock to you
"Go to college"

Oh, you mean carry a crazy amount of debt for years so I can spend half of my income every month to repay it?

With so many incredible courses online, podcasts and YouTube videos, the internet is a pretty good professor 😝

College isn't for everyone
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M&A is such a crucial part of startups, yet it is so taboo to talk bout the ins and outs of this process

Sharing some lessons I’ve learned here selling multiple companies

Let’s talk M&A!
1/ It’s never too early to start building relationships with people who might buy your company

The rule of 21:

Have a spreadsheet of the 7 companies that might buy your company and the 3 people who could make that decision

7 x 3 = get to know those 21 people
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1/ The little things matter more than ever in software

It’s easy to forget the little things, but the little things are what makes your product worth talking about

It’s the warm bread at the restaurant, it’s the orange wine, it’s the bathroom with funky wallpaper
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It's nostalgia at its finest
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Some social apps predictions for 2019

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1/ The rush to win community begins...

Instagram, Facebook, Snap, Twitter will RUSH to inject community into their core apps as people shift away from broadcast. One app will win the lion's share of community mindshare
2/ Instagram will add events. It will be implemented elegantly and be WILDLY successful
3/ A find your friends app (I.e: Snap Map or something else) will hit scale. Location + messaging for gen z is not an if BUT when in ’19
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