It Starts With The Product
Growth hacking, or whatever you want to call it, varies greatly from startup to startup, and from stage to stage. What you do can change overnight.
So what is it then, early stage growth? What do you actually do? Well after 6 months of working at Divshot, I get it now. After doing what I did at Moz, and doing what I did at Stride, applying the same things only worked so well, and only moved the needle by so much. I needed to really dive in and figure it out.
So, how do you do early stage growth?
Start the flywheel
Get some users in the door, and have a consistent flow of new users. This might be the most difficult thing you do. Get that flywheel turning with a combination of short and long term pushes.
Getting press, social buzz, newsletters, these are all things you can do...