The following is a rather unusual guest post. One of the more surreal parts of speaking publicly and putting ideas out into the ether is to watch other people run with them. I can't seem to help tuning into comment threads on blogs, news aggregators, etc. Internet people being what they are, a lot of these comments are nasty, brutish, and short.
However, every once in a while, I come across someone who consistently corrects other people's mistakes. Someone who seems to get it. And who am I to complain if that someone happens to be a giant robot dinosaur named FAKEGRIMLOCK? As it turns out, FAKEGRIMLOCK is a writer and artist with a unique style. This guest post has been authored entirely by him, and views expressed are his own.
What follows is FAKEGRIMLOCK's perspective on the importance of vision in a startup. He understands that vision and iteration are allies, for there can be no science without vision. Only vision is worth testing. I'll let him take it from here...
STARTUP MORE THAN BRAIN, MORE THAN MONEY, MORE THAN WORK HARD.
STARTUP IS VISION.
STARTUP IS MAKE FIST OF CODE, PUT IT THROUGH THE WORLD.
VISION IS PUT FIST IN RIGHT PLACE, BREAK WORLD IN HALF.
FIRST THING DISRUPT SELF
EVERYONE GOOD AT SEE CAN'T. EVERYONE LIVE IN WORLD FULL OF IMPOSSIBLE.
EVERYTHING THAT MATTER IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL SOMEONE DO IT ANYWAY.
STOP BEING EVERYONE. STARE AT WHY NOT UNTIL IT GIVE UP AND BECOME HOW TO.
STARTUP IS DO THING EVERYONE HAVE EXCUSE NOT TO.
VISION IS STOP EXCUSES, MAKE FUTURE INSTEAD.
NOW GO BIG. THEN BIGGER
WHAT YOUR PRODUCT CHANGE?
IF ANSWER NOT "WORLD", GO HOME. WORLD HAVE ENOUGH LITTLE IDEA. GET OUT OF LINE, DO SOMETHING BIG. NO CAN HAVE VISION LOOKING AT SOMEONE'S BACK.
WHAT IF ONLY HAVE LITTLE IDEA? SMASH IDEA. THROW AWAY DETAIL. THROW AWAY FEATURE. THROW AWAY CAN'T.
INSIDE LITTLE IDEA IS BIG PROBLEM HELD DOWN BY CAN'T. SET IT FREE.
STARTUP IS SOLVE PROBLEM NO ONE ELSE WILL.
VISION IS SOLVE PROBLEM NO ONE ELSE SEE.
SET COURSE TO AWESOME
SMART STARTUP BUILD, ITERATE, FAIL FAST.
WITHOUT VISION FAIL FAST IS JUST LOTS OF FAIL.
VISION NOT HOW. VISION IS WHERE. TAKE EVERYTHING YOU DOING THAT NOT MOVE TOWARDS VISION.
STOP DOING IT.
NOW EVERYTHING MOVE IN RIGHT DIRECTION. TOWARDS WIN. EVEN FAIL.
STARTUP IS FAIL INTO BUILD IMPOSSIBLE.
VISION IS FAIL INTO WIN EVERYTHING.
TEST TODAY, NOT TOMORROW
TEST IMPORTANT. TEST TELL YOU IF BUILD THING RIGHT. TEST ABOUT DETAILS.
ONLY WAY TEST VISION IS WIN.
VISION NOT A BULLETPOINT. NOT GO IN SPREADSHEET. THERE NO ALGORITHM FOR AWESOME.
DETAILS IMPORTANT. FOR ENGINEER. BUILD TOMORROW NOT SAME AS WHAT TOMORROW TO BUILD.
STARTUP IS SEE WINDOW, START BUILDING WINGS.
VISION IS JUMP OUT WINDOW, TRUST WINGS HAPPEN BEFORE GROUND.
NOW MAKE FIST
INTERNET FULL OF WAY TO MAKE THINGS BETTER. LOTS OF STARTUPS OUT THERE MAKE THINGS BETTER THAN YOU.
ONLY YOU FULL OF SEE WHAT THING TO BUILD.
VISION IS SEE WHAT OTHERS NOT, DO WHAT OTHERS WON'T, WIN WHEN OTHERS CAN'T.
VISION LIKE STORY WITH MOUSE AND CHEESE. SOMEONE MOVE CHEESE, MOUSE FORGET CHEESE, INVENT MACHINE GUN AND EAT CAT.
BE THAT MOUSE.