What happens if I focus on growth too soon?

A startup that prematurely targets a growth goal often ends up making a nebulous product that some users sort of like and papering over this with ‘growth hacking’.  That sort of works—at least, it will fool investors for awhile until they start digging into retention numbers—but eventually the music stops.

Sam Altman in Before Growth
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What happens if I focus on growth too soon?

How should I spend the first few weeks of my company’s life?

In the first few weeks of a startup’s life, the founders really need to figure out what they’re doing and why.  Then they need to build a product some users really love.  Only after that they should focus on growth above all else.

Sam Altman in Before Growth
How should I spend the first few weeks of my company’s life?