We came away from this interview with an even deeper appreciation for how Fain approaches thorny problems. He starts with the exploration phase, and why he encourages founders to not just dive deep into the problem with evangelists—balance the scales by spending just as much time talking to folks that express doubts.
Next, he pulls on his experience as a second-time founder to drive home how critical it is to assess founder/market fit to build a company with staying power, tackling a problem you'll still be excited about many years down the line. Moving from the idea phase, he explains how he approached fundraising and intentionally hiring a small but mighty team of five equally eager to bring a first principles mindset.
Fain shares tons of profound advice particularly for folks still toying with the idea of starting a company and he opens up pages from Bowery's zero-to-one story that aspiring founders won’t want to miss. Let’s dive in.
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-The Review editors