We are on our second day of Spark.Me Conference and our agenda is packed with inspiring and interesting presentations. After Bal Balaji’s presentation on building big products fast, Chris Varenhorst a Software Engineer Dropbox took the stage.
Chris is a graduate of MIT with a BA in Computer Engineering and a MA in Engineering & Computer Science. He started working at the San Francisco office four days after handing his thesis in. He decided to share what he learned from lis life experiences in founding, running and, eventually, selling his own startup Lingt, a platform for teaching languages.
The success of a startup often depends on multiple unrelated dimensions:
You should imagine your startup as a multidimensional hypercube. The volume of the hypercube is success created by your startup. Any dimension that’s zero leads to no volume. It means that if any of your elements are zero, your success will also be zero.
While freedoom you get while working on a startup can be very good, it can also have its cons. There is no structure or established plan to follow. It is exciting and you are most likely doing something you are interested in, but it also involves sacrifice:
If you drop out of college and go back to school later, you need to know that you will never get that college experience back, even if you do go back to school. It will be different.
There will be sadness in the process too, usually following a huge high. “A startup is an emotional roller-coaster”, Chris says.
Do not try to work 10 times harder than your competition, it probably can not be done, especially if they are working hard themselves. But, you can totally work 10 times smarter than them, says Chris, or at least “ten times less dumb“.
Featured photo by Marina Filipović Marinshe.
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