I was at Lean Startup Machine in New York last weekend. (LSM is a 48 hour excursion into lean startup techniques created by Trevor Owens to push your boundaries and help you learn something about your business model.) I was so impressed by a post by Cindy Alvarez that Trevor distributed, 10 Things I've Learned, that I decided to blatantly copy her and create my own top ten list specifically for attendees of the event.
Unfortunately I'm a terrible editor. So here are 21 things:
Problems don't exist. You can't go out and talk to a problem. Focus relentlessly on people.
Cash in hand beats bullshit on slide. A pretty powerpoint isn't impressive. Go get a real customer to hand you money.
If your teammates don't buy in, then test fast and let reality convince them. You're not going to win by arguing, you'll just wind up working alone.
If your MVP can't prove you wrong, then it can't prove you right either.
Ask questions like a child. Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?