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  • 1. I’m @grinich
  • 2. 1. My Background 2. How to Startup 3. Inbox Preview
  • 3. 1. My Background 2. How to Startup 3. Inbox Preview
  • 4. The least likely founder
  • 5. Wasn’t the prodigy kid programmer....
 ... no Intel Science Fair, robotics club, programming classes, research labs, aced SATs, ivy league, etc. “MIT? That’s in Michigan right?”
  • 6. +1000 people $15k from sponsors (VCs, law firm) 12 speakers from Boston & SF ... 3 full-time students.
  • 7. Enough about me. ! Let’s talk about startups.
  • 8. 1. My Background 2. How to Startup 3. Inbox Preview
  • 9. • How to prepare while in school • How to think of a (good) idea • How to find your co-founders • What to build when prototyping • How to raise money (and the pitfalls) • How to hire people … my last 12 months.
  • 10. • How to prepare while in school • How to think of a (good) idea • How to find your co-founders • What to build when prototyping • How to raise money (and the pitfalls) • How to hire people … my last 12 months.
  • 11. 1. Learn to build stuff Startups need software engineers, not computer scientists. I shipped +20 projects before graduating. Many were either wellpaid internships or contract jobs with flexible hours. ... and I wrote my first line of code during freshman year. You don’t run a marathon without training first!
  • 12. 2. Read everything • Business • Product design • Founder blogs • Hacker News • Design magazines • HBS Case Studies • Take classes in 
 other departments • NYT & NPR • Technical papers from
 industry companies
  • 13. 3. Work your ass off 365 = 1.01 38.8 365 = 0.03 0.99 Nearly all meet-ups and networking events are a waste of time. ! Treat them as recreation, not work. ! The best connections are made through working on projects with people.
  • 14. • How to prepare while in school • How to think of a (good) idea • How to find your co-founders • What to build when prototyping • How to raise money (and the pitfalls) • How to hire people
  • 15. Have (lots of) ideas
  • 16. Most of them will be lousy. You only need to be right once.
  • 17. Ingredients for a startup: ☑ large market ☑ hard tech ☑ pain point ☑ crufty foe
  • 18. • How to prepare while in school • How to think of a (good) idea • How to find your co-founders • What to build when prototyping • How to raise money (and the pitfalls) • How to hire people
  • 19. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
 – African proverb
  • 20. People you’ve built fun projects with. People you like hanging out with. People who work hard. People you trust. Your friends.
  • 21. Most important that you have shared values.
  • 22. • How to prepare while in school • How to think of a (good) idea • How to find your co-founders • What to build when prototyping • How to raise money (and the pitfalls) • How to hire people
  • 23. Realize that your idea is 5% formed. Build small things to test big ideas. Startups evolve as they grow. That’s the point.
  • 24. The important thing is to strive towards 
 a goal which is not immediately visible. That goal is not the concern of the mind, 
 but of the spirit. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • 25. • How to prepare while in school • How to think of a (good) idea • How to find your co-founders • What to build when prototyping • How to raise money (and the pitfalls) • How to hire people
  • 26. (Wait as long as you possibly can.)
  • 27. Who are you? Why are you building this? Who is it for? How do you know they need it?
  • 28. Fundraising is performance art.
  • 29. Cold-emailing doesn’t work— get intros. Best investors provide value beyond $$$. Don’t focus on the valuation. Startups are a binary outcome game. Get back to work.
  • 30. • How to prepare while in school • How to think of a (good) idea • How to find your co-founders • What to build when prototyping • How to raise money (and the pitfalls) • How to hire people
  • 31. Traditional interviews don’t work. Recruiters don’t make sense. You are HR.
  • 32. People join startups because of the people.
  • 33. Be generous with equity.
  • 34. • How to prepare while in school • How to think of a (good) idea • How to find your co-founders • What to build when prototyping • How to raise money (and the pitfalls) • How to hire people
  • 35. 1. My Background 2. HOW TO STARTUP 3. INBOX PREVIEW
  • 36. 1. My Background 2. HOW TO STARTUP 3. Inbox Preview
  • 37. questions ? mg@inboxapp.com preview.inboxapp.com
 ps: we’re hiring :)