Read TechCrunch. Daily.December 3, 2012 11:53 am
[This post is a response to the post Don’t read TechCrunch]
“The sport of business is the ultimate competition. It’s 7×24x365xforever.
I love the sport of business. I love the competition. I love the fire of it. It’s the feeling of the clock winding down, the ball is in your hands, and if you hit the shot you win…all day, every day.
Relaxing is for the other guy. I may be sitting in front of the TV, but I’m not watching it unless I think there is something I can learn from it. I’m thinking about things I can use in my business and the TV is just there.
The edge is knowing that you have to be the smartest guy in the room when you have your meeting and you are going to put in the effort to learn whatever you need to learn to get there.”
When you are building a startup, you need to know the space inside out. Nothing less. There should be no other person on the planet who knows more than you do, in that space.
You should track the space with an obsession like no other. You should know who is doing what, how big they are, who got funded, who is funding them, who gets on which board, what connections they bring in, what it means for the direction of the industry, and ultimately, what it means for you and your startup. If you are not convinced, go watch Larry Ellison talk about why Workday’s UI choice of Flash is a disaster since it cannot be run on Steve’s devices.
TechCrunch, Mashable, PandoDaily, and to an extent HN – these are all tools that helps you do that. Don’t read them, but then be prepared to do the hard work yourself.