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I think this is the classic problem of advice giving that's so prevalent in the startup community today. It won't be too long until we're all praising a tweet or article that talks about only those who brashly challenge the status quo and assume the entrenched players are vulnerable, bogged down with legacy issues and fat and lazy on an existing revenue stream are ripe for the disrupting. Those who sit back and say "Well maybe there's a reason they do things this way I'm not sure" aren't bold enough and won't be the recipients of the spoils of disruption.

Not that this article is bad. It's just datapoint 107 that a founder has to reconcile with all the other competing advice.




Many times throughout the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast[1], a founder expresses the sentiment, "If I had known how hard it was going to be, I might not have started the company." The difficulty discounting has also been cited as the reason why many successful founders are young and inexperienced. So while hubris can lead to disastrous consequences for engineers, it could be viewed as an asset for inciting action.

[1] http://ecorner.stanford.edu/podcasts.html




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