Be execution oriented: you have little time. Speed matters. Move fast and Fail fast. Common sense wins.
It's all about the team: don't compromise. Hire slow, fire fast. Reassess at every stage of growth.
Set up the right culture and values: make sure that everyone in the company knows what matters and what you care about. Make sure it actually makes sense for where your business is today.
Stay focused and prioritize: don't try to fulfill your 10 year vision in year 1. Sequence it out, but keep the long arc in mind. Understand company ending risks and avoid them, but remove as many other constraints as you can.
Surround yourself with mentors: it's lonely at the top and you need non-competitive peers and advisors. Set up the same for your top performers.
Learn ahead: spend time with others who've done this before you. The startup CEO, who these days is typically the founder, has to grow and personally develop faster than the rest of the org.
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