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Y Combinator Startup Podcast

When Should You Trust Your Gut? | Dalton & Michael Podcast

Mon Apr 22 2024
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Description

This episode discusses when startup founders should trust their gut instincts and when they should seek validation. It explores the importance of expertise in decision-making and provides guidance for founders with and without expertise. The episode emphasizes the need for self-awareness and the ability to customize advice based on individual circumstances.

Insights

Trust Your Gut More Than You Think

Founders with expertise should trust their gut and build something that impresses them.

Learn on the Fly

Founders without expertise should start simple and focus on learning as they go.

Customize Advice for Individual Circumstances

One size fits all advice doesn't work for every founder, so YC provides customized guidance.

Chapters

  1. Commit or Validate: When to Trust Your Gut as a Startup Founder
  2. Bringing a Product to Market with Expertise
  3. Bringing a Product to Market without Expertise
  4. Customizing Advice for Founders
Summary
Transcript

Commit or Validate: When to Trust Your Gut as a Startup Founder

00:00 - 05:23

  • Founder with expertise should trust their gut more than they think
  • Founder without expertise should trust their gut less and focus on learning

Bringing a Product to Market with Expertise

05:24 - 07:20

  • If you have expertise, trust your gut and build something that impresses you
  • Use your past experience to self-discern and validate your ideas

Bringing a Product to Market without Expertise

07:22 - 10:59

  • Start simple and learn on the fly
  • Choose an area you're excited to learn about

Customizing Advice for Founders

11:25 - 12:04

  • One size fits all advice doesn't work for every founder
  • YC provides customized advice based on individual circumstances
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