Great read. Thank you, OP.
I also read the book "Connect the Dots" 2 years back. That tells the founding stories of 20-25 founders. But all those stories are from India and are about general businesses.
It is so inspiring to read success stories of other people and you also learn the way they think about the problems and the way they tackle it.
Mike Arsenault's suggestion of the Van Westendorp's Price Sensitivity Meter
Just what I needed right now (I'm struggling to find the correct price for an app, was going to go with the market).
Something that also resonates with me is:
"I wish that I knew how difficult it is to acquire a customer, get them to pay for your product and believe it’s as magical as you think it is."
Edit: changed broken Wikipedia link.
Also, I just want to mention that if you have the ability to change your price rapidly then using a dynamic pricing API might be better suited for determining the best price.
 Disclosure: this is what we do, but don't feel compelled to use us.
but at a glance it doesn't seem to work for App Store / Google Play.
Plus, I'm not sure how it would work for our intended demographic.
I'll definitely keep it in mind, looks like a great tool in the startup toolbox.
Edit: OK, I kind of take it back. I started paying attention at #4 and stopped at #10.
Anyone else find that piece of advice a bit odd? Wouldn't someone like that be more of an asset since they were (ostensibly) getting paid closer to their worth than before, especially if they actually fit your culture?
Accepting a position at a higher pay than your current one is a low-risk proposition, and start-ups are not an ideal environment for people who prefer to play it safe. Working to make their equity valuable in the long term should be a higher priority for early employees than extracting short-term financial gains.
Customer: build from distribution backwards / know your customers / build small or incomplete first in order to test demand
Self: running a company is an emotional roller-coaster, be prepared mentally, schedule the important stuff, your team is extremely important
Company: build necessary metrics from day one, price test / analyze, iterate quickly, learn always
"start saying NO to things that would take me away from what really needed my attention" - Renee
"is the question I am agonizing over right now likely to be the thing I will agonize over four years from now? The answer is usually no." - Bo
The main idea I got from this is to re-evaluate the things you are doing every day and prioritize the tasks that are absolutely essential to the startup.
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