Sometimes referred to as the other “F” word, failing is a relative thing in the startup world. The conventional wisdom states that you often learn more from failures than from success.
- Francis Pedraza wrote a long missive Lean Startups fail for these 3 reasons, they didn’t tell you in the book (or at some conference). And Dan Norris of Informly wrote, Is startup validation bullshit? Both make the point that you can still fail, even with a Lean approach. True, but one would argue that you can hardly succeed without it.
- Path.to, a marketplace for the tech and design community discusses why they are closing in Six Lessons That Might Have Saved Our Business Had We Learned Them Earlier. You may not agree with all their conclusions, but it’s worth a read.
- Tom Eisenmann asks “Is there a ‘right’ way to fail?”, so don’t let it get to your head. Failing Right: Ego and Entrepreneurial Failure.
- Launching too early, taking the wrong feedback are some of the lessons you’ll learn in How One Startup Had Millions In Funding And 100,000 Users — And Still FAILED.
(Courtesy of Tom Eisenmann)
- Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator analyzes reasons why startups fail, as does Andrew Montalenti of Parse.ly.
- Startup Genome infographic on causes of startup failure.
- Michael O. Church on the ethics of “failing fast.”