"I've heard a lot of different theories about how things get done. I'm interested in this topic, so I pay attention and see how the theories hold up. Here's the best one: a combination of focus and personal connections. Charlie Rose said this to Paul Graham, who told it to me."
With that, Y Combinator partner Sam Altman started off his blog on "How To Get Things Done." It's a straightforward concept and yet, at the same time, seems hard for some people to grasp -- especially new entrepreneurs who often have a lot of tasks on their plates. For those types, Altman says the key to taking care of business relies on self-control.
Y Combinator is the start up accelerator that has helped over 500 companies develop their businesses. There are big players in the tech industry, something Altman should know about as someone who started a company as a sophomore at Stanford University that eventually raised $30 million in investments. He was building a company then, but now he's simply providing advice on how to do so.
For the trigger happy, "can't keep their hands off of new projects" type of entrepreneurs, Altman says the best thing that can be done is working on improving their business, products and relationships with the people they are serving, whether it be customers, members or users.
Furthermore, it's no surprise that, like 31-year old CEO Derrydean Dadzie, Altman emphasizes the role of relationships in bolstering a successful business.