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The Top 7 Mistakes First Time Software Founders Make – And How To Avoid Them

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Here are 3 ways the word “Pivot” is often misused:

1. Used to describe a failure
2. Used to describe a full restart
3. Used to describe a new focus

The word pivot requires that you keep one foot planted in the core idea… and then you take the other foot (your product focus) and focus on a new strategy.

The key is to do it right…

So instead of sharing with you the right way to pivot, I’m actually going to start with the opposite.

In this video I share the most common ways smart founders have screwed up their startups.

These are mistakes that ANY of us well-intentioned founders can make.

Personally, they’ve cost me far more than I care to calculate…

… and are mistakes that I continue to help fix week after week for my coaching clients.

At a high level it comes down to one of these 7 areas:

1. Mistake Free as a Business Model (it’s a Marketing Decision)
2. Don’t Pick an Idea / Keep 2-3 Going
3. Don’t Solve a Problem (Vitamin)
4. Go Too Wide / Need to Focus on Niche Customer
5. Don’t Follow Process (Raise First, Then Build)
6. Take Feedback as Gospel (Only Paid, Qualified)
7. Don’t Pivot Customer / Only Product

Now, there are at least a dozen more negative patterns that I see founders make, but this is the 20% that cost 80% of the pain.

(and definitely the most challenging to recover from)

Have you ever been guilty of any of these?

If so, I would love to hear from you directly in the comments below.

Let me know the product, story and lessons learned.

I’m sure others from the community would appreciate it as well.

Have an incredible day!

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