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Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup
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Dokkodo - The Way of the Startup

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  • 1. How to buildgreat startups!The Way of!Self Reliance!Gabriel ChanGabriel ChanCo-Founder, NoteWagon hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 2. The Way of Self Reliance獨行道 Dokkōdō hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 3. #1: 世々の道をそむく事なし Accept the world for the way it is.•  No such thing as a stupid user/customer!•  Learn their habits or help shape them.•  Understand how the human mind works. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 4. #2: 身にたのしみをたくます Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.•  Long term win VS short term gain.•  Real value, not just hype or cool factor.•  The goal of a startup is not to make money – it is to make the world a better place. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 5. #3: よろすに依枯の心なし Do not ever depend on a partial feeling.•  Be data- and metric-driven in *everything*•  Gut feelings eventually must be verified!•  Mediocrity has no place in a startup. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 6. #4: 身をあさく思世をふかく思ふ Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.•  Go around and act like you own the place, but never drink your own Kool-Aid.•  Remembering that it takes huge momentum to change the world. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 7. #5: 一生の間よくしん思わす Be detached life-long from desire.•  Except the desire is to fulfill your vision.•  Do not get distracted by anything, unless it is moving towards your vision. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 8. #6: 我事におゐて後悔をせす Do not regret what you have done.•  Mistakes are not mistakes if you learn something from them.•  Fail early, fail fast, fail often, fail cheap hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 9. #7: 善惡に他をねたむ心なし Never be jealous.•  Hire people that are better than you.•  Let your competitors’ success drive you to not just work harder – also work smarter hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 10. #8: いつれの道にもわかれをかなします Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.•  Your colleagues may come and go.•  Keep in touch with the good ones through LinkedIn and other social media…•  Your paths may cross again in the future. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 11. #9: 自他共にうらみかこつ心なし Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 12. #10: れんほの道思ひよるこゝろなし Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.•  Your startup *is* your significant other.•  Irrational decisions may lead to unnecessary mistakes and distractions. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 13. #11: 物毎にすきこのむ事なし In all things have no preferences.•  Culture of competency and meritocracy•  Decision making based on facts and data•  Learn from experts, don’t blindly follow. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 14. #12: 私宅におゐてのそむ心なし Be indifferent to where you live.hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 15. #13: 身ひとつに美食をこのます Do not pursue the taste of good food.hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 16. #14: 末々代物なる古き道具を所持せす Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.•  Focus on core competencies; axe extras.•  Keep your software/cloud systems clean, just like your office (it’s spotless, right?) hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 17. #15: わか身にいたり物いみする事なし Do not act following customary beliefs.•  Rules may be bent or broken if necessary.•  What worked for other companies might not work for your startup. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 18. #16: 兵具は格別よの道具たしなます Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.•  Don’t learn how to code in 16 different languages or all the tools of the trade.•  Use the right tools for the right jobs.•  Keeping useless features or services distract users/customers from your core. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 19. #17: 道におゐては死をいとわず思ふ Do not fear death.•  99% of all startups fail. You’re a 1%er!•  The game is over when you think it’s over•  Startup is stalling? Pivot or persevere! hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 20. #18: 老身に財寳所領もちゆる心なし Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.•  Hoarding cash and assets is a BAD idea.•  Opportunity cost of growing your startup. hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 21. #19: 佛神は貴し佛神をたのます Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 22. #20: 身を捨ても名利はすてす You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.•  Failure is not final; fail like a winner.•  Follow your conscience. #businessethics hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon
  • 23. #21: 常に兵法の道をはなれす Never stray from the Way•  Accept everything just the way it is. •  In all things have no preferences.•  Do not seek pleasure for its own sake. •  Be indifferent to where you live.•  Do not ever depend on a partial feeling. •  Do not pursue the taste of good food.•  Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. •  Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.•  Be detached from desire your whole life long. •  Do not act following customary beliefs.•  Do not regret what you have done. •  Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons•  Never be jealous. beyond what is useful.•  Never let yourself be saddened by a separation. •  Do not fear death.•  Resentment and complaint are appropriate •  Do not seek to possess either goods for your old age. neither for oneself nor others. •  Respect the gods without counting on their help.•  Do not be guided by the feeling of lust or love. •  You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour. Psst... we’re hiring! hi@notewagon.com fb.com/notewagon @notewagon

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