Be Like Mike: What Founders Can Learn from The Last Dance

David Sacks
May 6 · 5 min read
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ESPN’s new series The Last Dance is an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jordan’s sixth and final championship run in 1998. Through flashbacks it also tells the story of Jordan’s career and the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty that dominated the NBA in the 1990s. It is full of lessons not just for basketball fans but for anyone who wants to build something great. Here are the lessons that should resonate with founders:

1. Expect to be under-estimated.

2. A missing piece of talent can bring it all together.

3. You can’t do it alone, no matter how great you are.

4. Tolerate eccentricity if it helps you win.

5. The team wants to be pushed.

6. The path to greatness can be a lonely road.

7. Choose equity in yourself over the security of an established brand.

8. Avoid drama.

9. Keep it pure.

10. ”Overnight success” takes time.

11. When you find the winning formula, press it — and keep winning.

These lessons are based on Episodes 1–6. There are 4 more episodes in the series.

Craft Ventures

Craft Ventures is an early-stage fund dedicated to the…

David Sacks

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General Partner and Co-Founder of Craft Ventures. Previously: Founder/CEO of Yammer. Original COO of PayPal.

Craft Ventures

Craft Ventures is an early-stage fund dedicated to the craft of building great companies.

David Sacks

Written by

General Partner and Co-Founder of Craft Ventures. Previously: Founder/CEO of Yammer. Original COO of PayPal.

Craft Ventures

Craft Ventures is an early-stage fund dedicated to the craft of building great companies.

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