Paul Graham, who gave us great ideas for startups now comes back with startup lessons learned. Lesson #1: release early.
There are several reasons it pays to get version 1 done fast. One is that this is simply the right way to write software, whether for a startup or not. I've been repeating that since 1993, and I haven't seen much since to contradict it. I've seen a lot of startups die because they were too slow to release stuff, and none because they were too quick.