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  • Doing the right thing

    Caterina Fake of Flickr fame muses that working hard is overated. A lot of her early start-up time was unproductive and spent ‘freaking out’ in other words:

    working on things just to be seen to be busy
    not knowing what we were doing
    fearing failure
    worrying about things we needn’t have worried about
    thinking about fund raising rather than product [...]

  • Average = Average

    A couple of weeks ago I read a polemic¬†37 Signals blog post about ‘the average work of an average worker is average’ used by Brady Booch¬†at the BrainstormTECH conference. It’s not just ability, it’s the environment or culture that’s so important. In start-ups and early stage companies the culture is determined by the founders and [...]

  • Making new things

    Paul Graham the successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur wrote an insightful post about his design principles for making new things:
    “Here it is: I like to find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d) deliver them as informally as possible, (e) starting with a very crude version 1, [...]

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