There’s a huge amount of jingoism in the startup world. Some of is useful and some a distraction.
There are also hijackings and impersonations abound on the net. It’s easy to be seduced.
I’m reading a good book called ‘Traction’ by Eric Ries at the moment. Many of the ideas remind of the pragmatism of Siddharta.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.
A lean method is about testing and using what works. Keep an open mind and keep out distractions. Test everything.