Michael Seibel+ Your Authors @mwseibel CEO, Partner at Y Combinator #ycombinator [email protected] Dec. 02, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Many startup founders consider lying as a way to get ahead. The vast majority quickly realize that whatever short term gain they might get from lying will be erased by the long term consequences **when** they get caught. Be honest.

Make sure that no matter the fate of your startup, your reputation as a honest founder does not get tarnished. That way you are always in the position to start another company in the future.

Also when you are caught lying, assume that everyone who you lied to will bring this up whenever they are asked about you... forever.

Btw - this doesn't just apply to investors. Lying to employees will produce the same results.

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