Friday, April 18, 2014

Small chunks

I think about this quote every day:
"Mediocre founders spend a lot of time talking about grand plans; the best founders may be working on things that seem small but get them done extraordinarily quickly.  Every time you talk to them, they've gotten a few new things done.  Even if they're working on big projects, they get small chunks done incrementally and have demonstratable [sic] progress--they never disappear for a year and jump from nothing to a huge project being completed.  And they're reliable--if they tell you they'll do something, it happens."
This is from Sam Altman's blog post about "Super Successful Companies" and this point is the most important of the 17 in the piece. Startups fail all the time because they bite off more than they can chew, and fail to have something to show the market and users. I've seen this happen with two companies in my YC batch many moons ago. At big companies like Google where there are near-infinite resources, the urge is even stronger to go off and brew on a grand vision for a year. But the really successful companies, teams, and individuals usually tackle one bite-size task at a time. After a while, it really adds up.

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