Skip to content
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 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.

Featured posts

Engineering

The Economics of LLMs

How to avoid bankruptcy scaling up large language models

The Economics of LLMs
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

Projects

Side Projects

Repeat after me: I will not start another side project… Oh, shit.

Side Projects
Managing

When You Say It Twice, Write It Down

…and save everybody’s time.

When You Say It Twice, Write It Down
AI

Intelligence as an API

AI models are getting hard to beat when it comes to getting simple answers right at scale.

Intelligence as an API
AI

Pairing with AI

Raise your floor with large language models.

Pairing with AI
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