This article nicely summarized a Meebo founder's take on making it past early startup phase:
- a great startup team (< 4 people)
- just get your product out the door
- get a good mentor
"No office. No phone system. No hiring. No press. No legal muck. No raising money. No looking for partnerships (who’s going to partner with you anyway?). The success or failure of the adoption of your product is what will create 99% of the initial value of your company. If no one ever uses your product, you have no value"