Summary of Sucking Is the First Step to Being Sorta Good at Something

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Sucking Is the First Step to Being Sorta Good at Something summary
If you’re ridden with insecurity about launching a start-up, remember that even the greatest entrepreneurs had no idea what they were doing.


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Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, comes across as a cocky guy. Yet behind his fearless front is a young serial entrepreneur who, Ohanian admits, has no idea what he is doing. Entrepreneurs, he argues, must learn to embrace such insecurity, because their job is to wing it. Ohanian rambles and namedrops, and his Wikipedia entry serves as a useful glossary for his talk. Yet patient, young tech entrepreneurs will find some nuggets of advice within his speech. getAbstract recommends Ohanian’s report to teens and twentysomethings interested in launching online businesses.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why every entrepreneur feels insecure and clueless,
  • Why digital natives frequently defeat more senior incumbents, and
  • Why interacting with users from the outset is critical to gaining traction.


Entrepreneurs often strike out many times before hitting on a great idea. And when start-up founders set out, they’re typically clueless. While experience helps them to feel their way, those who claim to be experts are either “lying,” “delusional...
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Serial entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian co-founded Reddit, Hipmunk and Breadpig.

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