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Kamil Nicieja · Before Growth

Don’t miss the next breakthrough pick in tech.

When the best startups make it to the big leagues, it’s too late. The secret is to scout below the radar.

I’m Kamil Nicieja, a fellow founder and programmer. This is Before Growth—my weekly newsletter about startups before product–market fit.

No matter if you’re an investor targeting a new unicorn or a startup leader hunting for inspiration, I’ll bring you research on the top companies of the future before they even step out of their garages, every week.

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Generative AI in Product Design

My new ebook offers case studies on AI and just enough theory for you to build your next app with gen AI.

Generative AI in Product Design
AI

Regulating AI

The EU aims to introduce a common regulatory framework for AI. Is this bad news for startups?

Regulating AI
Managing

No Work Is Ever Wasted

What if you’ve launched your app, poured your heart into it, and still crashed and burned?

No Work Is Ever Wasted
Startups

Investments from Friends and Family

Exploring the fine line between friendship and investment through a conversation with my first investor.

Investments from Friends and Family

Recent posts

Startups

The Facts Are Friendly

People and startups grow by facing reality.

The Facts Are Friendly
Managing

On a Scale From One to Ten, With No Sevens

Eliminate the safe option.

On a Scale From One to Ten, With No Sevens
AI

Is ChatGPT the New Alexa?

Did any custom GPTs get traction or is that playing out like Alexa skills?

Is ChatGPT the New Alexa?
Startups

High Tolerance for Imbalance

Adapt or die.

High Tolerance for Imbalance
Managing

Scope is What Kills Founders

Particularly those who are inexperienced.

Scope is What Kills Founders
Projects

Why a Newsletter

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by… Substack?

Why a Newsletter
News

You Can’t Fix a Blank Page

A motto I embrace for everything, not just when it comes to writing.

You Can’t Fix a Blank Page
Startups

Negative Capability

How would you cope if you had to navigate from one contradiction to another over years?

Negative Capability
AI

Beyond Prompts

Is prompt engineering, hailed as “the number one job of the future,” really the next big thing?

Beyond Prompts
Managing

Time as Friend or Foe

You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.

Time as Friend or Foe