I recently watched Startup.com, and here's some notes I jotted down while watching it.
We should all trust that any one of us will represent a vision of the business that will be seconded and thirded by anyone in the team.
We should never be in a confrontation / debate stage in front of anybody.
There's a sadness about watching ideas grow until they're beyond the point where you can do anything for them.
As soon as someone says "There's no need for this to be ugly" it's going to get ugly.
Meet your competitors, befriend them. Force them into making plays earlier than they want to. But only if your product tangibly is better.
Don't make your company about your personality as a CEO who 'doesn't lose'.
It doesn't matter if the market is big, it's a question of who can make money in it.
Always have a third party who can arbitrate.
Have a 'Days to Live' countdown board with focussed tasks to achieve in that time
Everyone should use the product, CEO down to the person who answers the phones.
Be critical on the status of your product's functionality. If it doesn't work, say it doesn't work.
Keep momentum on Testing.
Security of your product, your office, everything is paramount.
Be concerned about revenue. Don't be concerned about the Board. It's their prerogative to fire you or re*shuffle as they see fit, and they will do so.
Goals need to be specific and actionable.
Any company with two CEOs is in trouble.
Even in 2001, mobile phones had some horrific extendable antennas.
Sales cycles are always longer than anticipated.
Things change. That's the best part.
Decline happens quickly and noticeably.
The scariest part of this movie is Kaleil Tuzman driving along a wet highway, chanting to a CD and reading from a book held against the wheel.