Founding and growing an industry-transforming company is probably one of the hardest things anyone could ever do, and the hardest part about it is that nobody has done your job ever before!
There are no fixed rules in startups. Your mentors always seem to give you conflicting advice, and the books and blogs are so full of useful tidbits that it’s hard to know which things to prioritize. Sometimes you just find yourself staring into space wondering if you are working on the right things.
I’ve certainly felt this at times myself. To help me stay centered, I’ve condensed my main responsibilities into six bullet points that remind me of my principle obligations at Brainscape. I keep these six points on a post-it note in my office, so whenever I question whether I am neglecting any key responsibility, I just look at my list and make sure I feel that everything is in balance.
Following are the most important points for start up.
1/ cash flow
2/ vision for organiosation
3/ Values and principles
4/ Team management
5/ Action oriented leadership
6/ Brand value
7/ investors stake
8/ cultural practices.
9/ service and quality assurance to customer
10/ commitment to madness