How do I survive my first year as a founder?

Being an entrepreneur is hard, but the first year is the hardest given that most startups fail in their first year. Founders who had successful exits suggest 5 important key points that you should focus on: Build a great team, Stay focused, Validate your idea, Be sure to have a user generating product, Retain your customers We know, easier said than done right?  Well, we would say do not underestimate the value of deductive reasoning and getting your goals in place in a specific and orderly fashion! And please, we are begging you to test your unique value proposition against the market demand as early and as often as possible. Ideas confined to the walls of your office and to the minds of your teammates for a long time will slow you down no matter how brilliant they are :)