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Marc Andreessen Says Startups Should Move Fast

Tomorrow’s advance man, as called by the New Yorker magazine last year, Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz is as bullish as ever in the potential of startups for building a better future for the world. However, he suggests that in order to succeed startups should move fast. Speed and agility are critical for startups to succeed. There is no room for waiting and going slow. You have to move fast in Silicon Valley in order to win the game.

Last week, on stage at the Startup Grind conference in Redwood City, California, the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz continued to advocate the move fast mentality: “this is not a business for the shy, said Andreessen, "this is not a business for passive. This is a business for the aggressive."

‘Move fast and break things’ motto is what drives the Silicon Valley startup scene. Companies like Facebook and Google used the mantra to grow fast and big and outperform the competition.

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Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2022 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at [email protected]

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