Home | Amazing | Today | Tags | Publishers | Years | Account | Search 
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days (Recipes: a Problem-Solution Ap)

Buy
Sprinters apparently reach their highest speed right out of the blocks, and spend the rest of the race slowing down. The winners slow down the least. It’s that way with most startups too. The earliest phase is usually the most productive. That’s when they have the really big ideas. Imagine what Apple was like when 100 percent of its employees were either Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak.

The striking thing about this phase is that it’s completely different from most people’s idea of what business is like. If you looked in people’s heads (or stock photo collections) for images representing “business,” you’d get images of people dressed up in suits, groups sitting around conference tables looking serious, PowerPoint presentations, and people producing thick reports for one another to read. Early-stage startups are the exact opposite of this. And yet they’re probably the most productive part of the whole economy.

Why the disconnect? I think there’s a general principle at work here: the less energy people expend on performance, the more they expend on appearances to compensate. More often than not, the energy they expend on seeming impressive makes their actual performance worse. A few years ago, I read an article in which a car magazine modified the sports model of some production car to get the fastest possible standing quarter mile. You know how they did it? They cut off all the crap the manufacturer had bolted onto the car to make it look fast.

Business is broken the same way that car was. The effort that goes into looking productive is not merely wasted, but actually makes organizations less productive. Suits, for example, do not help people to think better. I bet most executives at big companies do their best thinking when they wake up on Sunday morning and go downstairs in their bathrobe to make a cup of coffee. That’s when you have ideas. Just imagine what a company would be like if people could think that well at work. People do in startups, at least some of the time. (Half the time they’re in a panic because their servers are on fire, but the other half they’re thinking as deeply as most people only get to sitting alone on a Sunday morning.)
(HTML tags aren't allowed.)

Mechanical Behaviour of Engineering Materials: Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, and Composites
Mechanical Behaviour of Engineering Materials: Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, and Composites
Components used in mechanical engineering usually have to bear high mechanical loads. It is, thus, of considerable importance for students of mechanical engineering and materials science to thoroughly study the mechanical behaviour of materials. There are different approaches to this subject: The engineer is mainly interested in design rules to...
PHP Phrasebook (Developer's Library)
PHP Phrasebook (Developer's Library)
If you were traveling in Spain, but couldn't speak Spanish very well, you'd probably carry a Spanish dictionary with you. If you are a PHP developer who needs a portable reference guide for frequent use in your job, the PHP Phrasebook is perfect for you. The PHP Phrasebook is...
Violent Python: A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers
Violent Python: A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers

Python is a hacker's language. With its decreasejd complexity, increased efficiency, limitless third-party libraries, and low bar to entry, Python provides an excellent development platform to build your own offensive tools. If you are running Mac OS X or Linux, odds are it is already installed on your system. While a wealth of offensive...


Contesting Peace in the Postwar City: Belfast, Mitrovica and Mostar (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies)
Contesting Peace in the Postwar City: Belfast, Mitrovica and Mostar (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies)

“Contesting Peace in the Postwar City is key reading for urban and peace and conflict scholars. In this impressive and meticulously researched book, Gusic reflects on the ways in which divisions are routinised in the everyday landscape of divided cities and skilfully investigates how change and continuity are governed in...

The 25 Habits of Highly Successful Investors: How to Invest for Profit in Today's Changing Markets
The 25 Habits of Highly Successful Investors: How to Invest for Profit in Today's Changing Markets
The definitive guide to investing in today's market!

Especially after the wild ride that began in the fall of 2008, individual stock investing has become far more challenging. Think of a golf swing - hit it right and it goes long and straight, hit it wrong and you'll end up far off in the weeds. But - like much else in life...

Developing Your Conflict Competence: A Hands-On Guide for Leaders, Managers, Facilitators, and Teams
Developing Your Conflict Competence: A Hands-On Guide for Leaders, Managers, Facilitators, and Teams

A practical resource, this book combines tips, checklists, exercises, and stories to outline concrete processes that improve the way leaders, managers, and anyone within an organization responds to conflict. Beginning with a series of questions and self-diagnostics, the authors show you how to: maintain emotional balance in the face of...

©2021 LearnIT (support@pdfchm.net) - Privacy Policy