Paul Buchheitâ€”original developer of Gmail and Google AdSense, founder of FriendFeedâ€”discusses how projects can obtain ‘overnight success’.
This notion of overnight success is very misleading, and rather harmful. If you’re starting something new, expect a long journey. That’s no excuse to move slow though. To the contrary, you must move very fast, otherwise you will never arrive, because it’s a long journey! This is also why it’s important to be frugal — you don’t want to starve to death half the way up the mountain.
He has also written another excellent post on a number of important development aspects he learnt while writing Gmail.
via Coding Horror (itself, an excellent post)