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<small>2009-06-28</small>
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	First read “<a href="/infinity">Version ∞</a>” and “<a href="/early">Early drafts...</a>”.
	Here’s <strong>an example of how I think of “Version 0.1”</strong>:
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	A guy at a conference was telling me how <strong>he really wanted to build a music recommendation service, but had been trying for a year to raise the $2 million dollars he said it’d take</strong> to build it.
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	My suggestion for him:
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	Don’t wait for funding.
	Start now.
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	To start a music recommendation service, just start recommending music to friends, find out if they liked it, and improve from there.
	No fancy app or website needed.
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	By getting that initial lo-fi hands-on experience, you’ll have a deeper understanding of what people really want from music recommendations.
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	Then you can build your service incrementally based on real user communication, instead of hiding in a lab for a year programming in isolation based on a year-old hunch.
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	If you say you want to do something, do it!
	Never blame outside forces stopping you.
	Work around obstacles to start immediately.
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