Lessons from Dropbox

From Startup Lessons Learned by Dropbox co-founder and CEO Drew Houston:

What we learned:

– Lots of pressure (or guilt) to do things the traditional way. But think first principles
– Fortunately, we spent almost all our effort making an elegant, simple product that just works and making users happy
– And we worked our asses off
– And hired the smartest people we knew
– “Keep the main thing the main thing”
– Mostly ignored: Hiring non-engineers; mainstream PR; traditional messaging / positioning; deadlines, process, “best practices”; having a “real” website; partnerships /  bizdev; having lots of features.
– Product-market fit cures many sins of management

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