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Overbuilding the initial product release, so that launch takes too long and the product launched tries to do too much. Less is more.
1. Team cohesion is critical to building product, particularly at the early stages. 2. Research and use existing technologies whenever possible. 3. Figure out the MPV for the product and the business as soon as possible, preferably before building - startups have few experiments they can run before exhausting funds, and because they are small, they need to devote all resources to each experiment, so choose those experiments carefully.
I was a founder and CEO of SideReel when it was acquired by Rovi in 2011. Subsequently, I was part of the team that repurchased SideReel and other web properties from Rovi, formed All Media Network, and as President, sold All Media Network to blinkx within 18 months. I started started my career as a technology lawyer at Fenwick & West.