Here are some of the most counter intuitive Y Combinator mantras that could prove critical for your startup’s success. These have definitely helped us through our own journey at Tossy!
Make something people LOVE
Instead of starting with solutions and then figuring out what problem you product could solve, start with a problem. Then iterate your solution really fast by listening to your customers.
It is better to have 10 people who LOVE your product over 10,000 who likes it
Do things that don’t scale
This could include showing up at your customers doorstep to talk to them or even doing things very manually instead of spending time automating and scaling.
Iterate super fast
By iterate, I mean listening to your customers and iterating your solution super fast
Product Market Fit first. Growth second
Move extremely fast
The way to get lucky is to to move extremely fast. As a startup, this is your single biggest unfair advantage.
Talk to your customers.