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Build a Team that Ships

Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList, designed his team to function without middle managers.

Here’s what we do:

  • Keep the team small. All doers, no talkers. Absolutely no middle managers. All BD via APIs.

  • Outsource everything that isn’t core. Resist the urge to pick up that last dollar. Founders do Customer Service.

  • People choose what to work on. Better they ship what they want than not ship what you want.

  • No tasks longer than one week. You have to ship something into live production every week – worst case, two weeks. If you just joined, ship something.

  • Peer-management. Promise what you’ll do in the coming week on internal Yammer. Deliver – or publicly break your promise – next week.

  • One person per project. Get help from others, but you and you alone are accountable.