When it comes to recommendation, tech loves standardization. Startups are sometimes instructed that there are particular metrics to hit, deadlines to fulfill, timetables to measure themselves in opposition to.
Examples abound: Here’s the perfect sum of money to lift at your Series A spherical; right here’s what number of staff you need to have earlier than hiring this government; right here’s what stage to rent authorized counsel; and, most not too long ago, right here’s what proportion of workers you need to lay off should you’re unable to entry extra financing.
(The reply is 20% of workers, relying on who you ask).
There’s a response to a few of these normal statements: Startups are difficult, and one measurement definitely doesn’t match all. But nonetheless, these startup requirements assist level corporations in the fitting route, in some unspecified time in the future turning into the established order.
That’s why when entrepreneur Paul Graham, the co-founder of Y Combinator, instructed that he’s seeing startups with 20 years of runway thanks to very large 2021 fundraises, it struck me. Isn’t the overall recommendation that startups ought to have three years of runway? And if we’re in a extra bullish market, 18 months?
My delayed response to this August tweet apart, let’s discuss runway. As you possibly can inform by the headline of this piece, I believe that the perfect size of runway is a fable — alongside other startup myths like more money equals more growth. By the top of this piece, you could agree.