Two articles of fundamental startup tips, from two people who know what they’re talking about:
Startups in 13 Sentences, by Paul Graham of Y Combinator. Of the 13 sentences, which one does Paul believe is the most important?
Understand your users. That’s the key. The essential task in a startup is to create wealth; the dimension of wealth you have most control over is how much you improve users’ lives; and the hardest part of that is knowing what to make for them. Once you know what to make, it’s mere effort to make it, and most decent hackers are capable of that.
How to Save Money Running a Startup, by Jason Calacanis of Mahalo, Weblogs, and Silicon Alley. Purely financial, this post details some simple ways to save money running a startup. Many may not be suitable, but you can get the general gist of it.