Ground Rules for a Startup

I had written this in 2006 before taking plunge into the startup world. Somehow that document came up again while searching some stuff. Do let me know if they still make sense to you.

– Maintain strict confidentiality about salaries, stocks, work we do, investors, customers
– Be a business owner, not just an employee
– We will have epsilon useless meetings. All meetings start with an agenda and end with identification of action items
– If you find something wrong, fix it, don’t crib
– All deadlines are strict, if you are going to miss them, communicate in advance
– Focus on customers, customers and customers

– Unit test the code
– Get code reviews done

– Think destructively
– Put yourself in the customer’s shoes of all sizes

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