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This article was published on June 23, 2012


    You’ve gotta start somewhere.

    You’ve gotta start somewhere.
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    Andrew Chen

    Andrew Chen is a blogger and entrepreneur focused on consumer internet, metrics and user acquisition. He is an advisor/angel for early-stage Andrew Chen is a blogger and entrepreneur focused on consumer internet, metrics and user acquisition. He is an advisor/angel for early-stage startups and is also a 500 Startups mentor.

    I always hate when designers talk about how Steve Jobs is so amazing and how he’d never settle for anything but the best, blah blah blah. Yes, that’s true, but they’ve been a public company since 1980, they’ve had billions of dollars and 1000s of amazingly talented people on their team.

    Before the IPO, at the very beginning when it was just the founders, their first product was the following:

    “The Apple I, Apple’s first product, was sold as an assembled circuit board and lacked basic features such as a keyboard, monitor, and case. The owner of this unit added a keyboard and a wooden case.”

    It was a motherboard. Not even a computer – just a motherboard.

    I think it’s important to remember when we’re all trying to start something from scratch that you have to start at zero, and the first product will probably suck. It’ll be a motherboard, when what you really wanted to build was an all-aluminum Macbook Air with a Retina display.

    But you gotta start somewhere.

    This post originally appeared on Andrew Chen’s personal blog.
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