Was reading the notes from the startup school 2007 and some slides/quotes caught my eye
- Limited Life Experiences + Over-Generalizations = ADVICE
- When someone tells you, "That's impossible:" it should be translated as "According to my very limed experience and narrow understanding of reality, that's very unlikely."
- Try adding words "that actually works" when briefly describing your product. (i.e. "search, that actually works", "email, that actually works")
- When you build something, you're trying to create value
- Most valuable things are hard. Most hard things are completely useless — (picture of someone smashing their head through concrete blocks kung-fu style). Hard DOES NOT EQUATE TO BEING valuable
- There is a big confusion between people with Talent and "people like us" Research shows diverse teams are more innovative. It is easier to hire people who look and think like you than it is to have a truly diverse working environment, which can be more innovative.
- Take culture seriously — every action & inaction sends a message
- Walk the walk yourself — mind the gap between stated values and actual practice
- Hold people accountable — are you tolerating abusive behavior by star performers
The major takeaway seems to be
- be focused on what you are doing
- it is not necessary to heed to advice