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Does experience matter when you’re starting a business?

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I’m really intrigued by the Y Combinator approach to starting companies, but I wonder if that works for most people.  I think you need to experience failure and frustration before you know how to make things better.

My own experience is in working for progressively smaller companies… finally resulting in a startup.  Each of my previous jobs has given me a lesson that would have been incredibly expensive to learn in a small company.  A $100,000 mistake is rounding error for a Fortune-500 company, but when that money is coming out of your own pocket it can destroy your business, not to mention your personal finances.

There have been specific technical lessons that I’ve learned, and I feel like I’ve gotten better at communication and organization because of other people I’ve learned from.  Even more than that, have been some big-picture lessons that I’ve learned.  The conclusions I’ve drawn are part of what’s led me to be happy in a small company, but we’ve made conscious choices at Moraware to ensure that we don’t repeat past mistakes that we’ve seen other places.

Here are four of the lessons I’ve learned. 

  • Lesson #1: Don’t have process without thought.
  • Lesson #2: Small teams work.
  • Lesson #3: If you see a bad situation, get out fast.
  • Lesson #4: It’s never as good (or bad) as you think it is.

I’m going to add more details about each of those lessons in separate blog posts.

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Written by Harry Hollander

April 29, 2009 at 7:20 am

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