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The Only Thing That Counts for a Startup CEO, and Why Pivoting is the Worst

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Mehdi Osman applied three times to Y-Combinator. On the third time he made it. Osman credits the maturity of his startup Asayer’s service that helps developers hunt down and kill bugs in their code. But also just straight-up determination. “At some point you make your own destiny,” he says. Why Osman still relies on email, spends as much time with customers as possible, and doesn’t believe the hype — pivoting is the worst.