A year and a half ago, I left Raya to start a new business with Yousef Osman and Chris Miller.
I have had already joined few startups at different stages but OverC Studios was the first time I start from scratch.
I made a lot of mistakes, learnt a lot of lessons. Most of these lessons are already mentioned in the great book “The Lean Startup” by Eric Reis. I highly recommend the book for everyone working for a startup, not just founder.
Approach your ideas using the most straightforward way. Fail fast or succeed fast.
Another very common mistake was trying to ship something that we are not ashamed of. Lesson learnt: if you are not ashamed of your product then you probably haven’t built anything.
One of the few things we did right was hiring the right team. For a startup in this early stage, we needed a team that can pivot fast, learn a lot and build things that we weren’t sure how their final status would be.
I can’t emphasize on the importance of your company identity. Don’t waste your time trying to be everything for everyone. We wasted a lot of time trying to get services and build products and that time was very dear.
It has been a great journey and I truly enjoyed every day of it. Goodbye OverC Studios.