Startup Advice for Potential Founders

by Daniel Gross

Daniel Gross and Craig Cannon go through questions submitted on Hacker News.

0:57 - Is it more valuable to build a startup community or join an existing one?

2:02 - How to get students to use your app?

3:06 - What are the most common methods to overcome the chicken/egg problem in a

marketplace app?

3:57 - Should you raise money before building a product?

4:25 - How important is it to talk about the tools (e.g. AI/machine learning)

that you use to build a product?

5:29 - Is there a point at which you should switch to machine learning?

6:47 - How important is it to raise money?

8:14 - How worried should startups be about people copying them?

10:00 - Should I focus on something I'm passionate about or a startup idea that

I think could work but I'm not passionate about?

11:48 - How can a young person without a degree get a job at a startup?

13:44 - Should I launch without a technical cofounder?

15:55 - How much equity should you give to early hires?

16:15 - How can you be someone that lives on the bleeding edge of technology?

18:14 - What should I do to prepare to be a founder?

20:00 - We feel pressured to get into machine learning, should we?

21:19 - How feasible is it to fly to Silicon Valley to raise money?

22:41 - What are the most common mistakes first time founders make?

23:43 - Does YC accept founders under 18?