Resource: Sam Altman’s Startup Playbook

Y Combinator’s Sam Altman has put together a “playbook” of the advice and insight commonly shared with founders of the startups they fund. You can view it in HTML and epub here and listen to it online here (but not,…

A frog a day…

Killing “big frogs” (sorry Kermit) has become a shorthand among a group of friends of mine for getting important done. I trace it back to reading Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog! a few years ago, but it might have stranger…

Ben Horowitz on leadership and management

Can you think about systems? Can you think about how broad-scale systems interactions occur and what the implications are? … In order to make that system work you have to be able to see the company through the eyes of…

Ben Horowitz on leadership and making unpopular decisions

This is from Ben Horowitz in a fantastic interview on building a successful culture in your organisation. Highly recommend. If you make decisions that everybody likes all the time then those are the decisions they would have made without you,…

Tim O’Reilly on debugging your organisation

The skill of debugging is to figure out what you really told your program to do instead of what you thought you told your program to do. Tim O’Reilly quoting Andrew Singer on The Product Science Podcast Tim O’Reilly takes…

Peter Drucker on balancing short and long term goals

If a manager does not take care of the next hundred days, there will be no next hundred years. Whatever the manager does should be sound in expediency as well as in basic long-range objective and principle. And where he…

Anders Ericsson on deliberate practice

Repetition is the mother of skill Tony Robins* Tony Robins is mostly right. 10,000 hours You’re probably familiar with the 10,000 hour rule as ‘discovered’ by Anders Ericsson and popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in ‘Outliers‘. If you haven’t heard much…

Seth Godin on the placebo effect (feat. Kevin Kelly)

In this context, the placebo effect is a metaphor for the story or the ‘show’ that you make around your work that isn’t necessary, but makes it better. The question is this: does something that makes people think your product…

Peter Drucker on metrics as misdirection

Business, like any other institution, has important results that are incapable of being measured. Any experienced executive will know companies or industries that are bound for extinction because they cannot attract or hold able people. This, every experienced executive also…

Seth Godin on creating a (generous) monopoly

Every successful business has a monopoly—a monopoly on what it makes that someone else can’t make the way they make it. That leaves out commodity businesses—people who bring coal out of the ground. I don’t think of those businesses as…