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*Excerpt:* This post is all about the only thing that matters for a new startup. But first, some theory: If you look at a broad cross-section of startups -- say, 30 or 40 or more; enough to screen out the pure flukes and look for patterns -- two obvious facts will jump out at you. First obvious fa...

*Excerpt:*
This post is all about the only thing that matters for a new startup.

But first, some theory:

If you look at a broad cross-section of startups -- say, 30 or 40 or more; enough to screen out the pure flukes and look for patterns -- two obvious facts will jump out at you.

First obvious fact: there is an incredibly wide divergence of success -- some of those startups are insanely successful, some highly successful, many somewhat successful, and quite a few of course outright fail.

Second obvious fact: there is an incredibly wide divergence of caliber and quality for the three core elements of each startup -- team, product, and market.

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To start, read Marc Andreessen’s “On product/market fit for startups”. It has been the single most influential post for me as an entrepreneur and was the first time I ever read the term.

Marc Andreessen also has an amazing blog post about product-market fit, where he describes it as, "When the product is just being pulled out of you. When you no longer have to push the product on customers, they're just pulling it from you."