Stop innovating on the wrong things

by Dalton Caldwell2/15/2024

Dalton Caldwell and Michael Seibel in front of the text "Stop Innovating (on the wrong things)"

Founders by definition have no limit to their job responsibilities, so they often get pulled in a millions directions at once.

Meanwhile they’ve heard stories of founder heroes that did everything from scratch — building the entire tech stack, picking paint colors and designing every inch and angle of the office, walking on water — and believe that to be successful they must get this granular about every aspect of their startup.

In this episode of Dalton & Michael we’ll discuss the downsides of trying to “innovate” on best practices and why that can make it less likely a company succeeds.




  • Dalton Caldwell

    Dalton is Managing Director, Architect and Group Partner at YC. He was the cofounder and CEO of imeem (acquired by MySpace in 2009), and the cofounder and CEO of