1. Remember, it is easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission
2. Do any job needed to make your project work, regardless of your job description
3. Come to work each day willing to be fired
4. Recruit a strong team.
5. Ask for advice before resources.
6. Forget pride of authorship, spread credit widely
7. When you bend the rules, keep the best interests of the company and it customers in mind
8. Honor your sponsors
9. Underpromise and overdeliver
10. Be true to your goals, but realistic about ways to achieve them.
- The current first commandment has been promoted from being the 8th in the old list; my experience indeed shows that this is the most useful advice.
- "Recruit a strong team" is new, there was similar one with longer phrasing.
- "Ask for advice before resources" is also a new one
- "Forget pride of authorship" is also a new one, emphasizing the team game.
- #7 is also new one, though I have to say that "best interests" is a very subjective term.
- #9 is also new.
- Work underground as long as you can – publicity triggers the corporate immune mechanism.
- Never bet on a race unless you are running in it.
And still, the immune mechanism of big corporates is not an easy line to cross, I have also been in a small company, it has other issues, however being entrepreneur is definitely easier than being intrapreneur.