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Month: April 2012
An interesting TED talk by Susan Cain on the power of introverts: how introverts impact innovation and creativity. Here are some key points she makes (see full transcript) When it comes to creativity and to leadership, we need introverts doing what they do best. A third to a half of the population are introverts. You …
A link to the Valve Employee Handbook made it to front page of Hacker News recently and I can see why, it makes for very interesting reading.
So much marketing is “me too”, if you have read one press release or marketing material you have read them all. It is always a trick about how to reach your audience and stand out from the crowd by being different. In an age of low-cost email campaigns and social media, we are actually finding …
Focus on delighting early customers over accumulating followers. You need proof of deep value in a niche over small value dispersed over a large market.
Two excerpts, one from H. Rider Haggard and one from Venerable Bede, that use a sparrow in flight as a metaphor for the evanescence of a man’s life.
Some Good Friday thoughts by Michael Malone on success in Silicon Valley and the need to contemplate your life from time to time.
I remember once talking to my high-school physics teacher, who had been one of the leading teachers in our district for decades. “Don’t you get tired teaching physics?” I asked him one day. “I don’t teach physics,” he replied. “I teach students.” The same wisdom applies to securing financing for startups: investors don’t fund technologies, …
Beta customer conflates three categories of people who are using your product in a way that’s not healthy for your long term business prospects if you are selling to business users, in particular early adopter or pragmatic enterprise users.