"Only do your One Thing" - Product Development

Random Aside:

I love StartupDigest’s reading list. There was a point in time where I would use Google Reader everyday and check out all of the cool new technology that was being released into the world… then I realized that I was spending half of my day on Google Reader, and spending very late nights trying to catch up on work. Yeah, not smart.

My personal trick (that I use for myself, and more power to those who have the time to discover their own news) is to:

  1. Subscribe to newsletters. Newsletters are generally curated ‘top stories’, delivered right to my inbox! I always have my inbox open (except for certain periods where I vow to work by only opening my inbox at set times in the day. Those binges never last, and I always revert back to having my inbox always open, lol).
  2. Subscribe to people who love to curate news and Tweet/Google+/etc it to the world.

StartupDigest is one of those awesome curated resources. Chris McCann, I’ve never met you, but you rock my world with your curated startup reading list.

Two recent articles from StartupDigest that have stuck in the back of my mind, especially as I’ve started reading “The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win“:

  1. 90 Things I’ve Learned from Founding 4 Technology Companies
  2. The Pmarca Guide to Startups, Part 4: The only thing that matters (by Marc Andreessen)

  3. Only do your One Thing. Everything else is a distraction. Don’t do side projects. Don’t take unnecessary meetings. Anything that distracts you from executing on your One Thing is just that, a distraction. Say no to everything that does not contribute to your One Thing.

  4. The only thing that matters is getting to product/market fit.

Duncan Leung

Front End Developer at iHerb.com

Irvine, CA

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