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Building Teams: The Art of Change – Octopus Ventures – Medium
"(That’s not unrealistic. It might be just the challenge a big hitter is looking for.) This will cost more, but the positive effect on a small business will be huge. Everyone will start to think bigger, based on this hire alone."
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5 days ago
Building Teams: The Art of Change – Octopus Ventures – Medium
"The loyalty here is to the business. With that in place, the team is free to change in the way it needs to. Team change becomes a tool."
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5 days ago
How to Sell
"Real relationships take real time. You’re going to have to spend hours trying to interact, engage, and provide value in order to win."
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5 weeks ago
How to Sell
"Tell me where they actually are and more importantly, where do their eyes and ears go?"
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5 weeks ago
Alistair.Cockburn.us | Disciplined Learning
"Q1. How can we learn what should get built?
Q2. How can we learn how much it will cost (time, money, people)?
Q3. How can we accelerate the team learning how to work together?
Q4. How soon can we correct the mistaken assumptions in the design?"
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9 weeks ago
How I launched a UI/UX Startup which earned $9,000 in first two months – Indie Hackers
"Another partisan method is redirecting to the webpage with a parameter, which adjusts it to the recipient. For instance, if I promote my product on the discussion group connected to Sketch I can provide a special link https://learnux.io?c=8 which will replace the images on the page with the ones connected with Sketch, and in this way, they will profile a service for a specific recipient. Ouch! hope they’re not listening ;)"
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may 2018
Unrolled thread from @fchollet
"This is made all the easier by the fact that the human mind is highly vulnerable to simple patterns of social manipulation."
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march 2018
Unrolled thread from @fchollet
"The world is being shaped in large part by two long-time trends: first, our lives are increasingly dematerialized, consisting of consuming and generating information online, both at work and at home. Second, AI is getting ever smarter."
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march 2018
Unrolled thread from @fchollet
"These two trends overlap at the level of the algorithms that shape our digital content consumption. Opaque social media algorithms get to decide, to an ever-increasing extent, which articles we read, who we keep in touch with, whose opinions we read, whose feedback we get"
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march 2018
Smart homes and vegetable peelers
"The challenge for the startup is that if I can control your device entirely with Alexa or Siri, you don't have much of a moat left, but if you don't support them, won't people just buy a generic Chinese one that does? How do you square the circle?"
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february 2018
One Day Sprints – Hacker Noon
"the only “right” way, is using approaches that let you discover the right way. No non-customized/prescriptive way is optimized for your situation."
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february 2018
One Day Sprints – Hacker Noon
"The daily goal is to get something with suitable test coverage into test, staging, or production every day AS A TEAM."
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february 2018
One Day Sprints – Hacker Noon
"Most importantly, measure the velocity and progress on stuff that matters (driving customer outcomes)."
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february 2018
Code Less, Think More… Incrementally! – gitconnected
"Instead of looking at the solution, look at the problem. Instead of looking at the answer, look at the question."
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february 2018
Code Less, Think More… Incrementally! – gitconnected
"If you always start to build a big task from the beginning without incremental development in mind, you're very likely to get stuck. Even though you’re writing code, that doesn’t mean you’re creating value and being productive."
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february 2018
Code Less, Think More… Incrementally! – gitconnected
"Incremental Delivery doesn’t make you really "faster." If you consider the technical aspects of "speed" as the amount of stuff you’ve done in less time, Incremental Delivery can actually take more time to finish the whole thing!

However, if you consider "speed" as the amount of value you have delivered, then it’s totally possible you’ll take more time to do something but less time to finish! The trick is to build the minimum viable piece of stuff that can make the user happy, even if it’s not the final “big project.”"
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february 2018
Code Less, Think More… Incrementally! – gitconnected
"Incremental Delivery tackles the problem, not the solution, and that allows you to work less and be faster."
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february 2018
Advice for First Time Founders
"Mostly I learned by failing at these things and trying to figure out, every week, what I could be doing better. In fact, I think that’s a really good meta-lesson: you have to focus on figuring out what you’re not doing well as a founder to get better at being a founder. That’s an every-day job, and it’s subtly different from figuring out what your company as a while needs to be doing better.

One of the most useful things I ever heard from an advisor was Alfred Lin’s description of what his job was when he was COO at Zappos. He said, “I came in every day and figured out what I could make 1% better.” This is both the best job definition I’ve ever heard for a growth-stage COO, but also a useful lens for approaching the job of founder."
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january 2018
Advice for First Time Founders
"Trying to hire bright people with no experience and hoping they will “figure it out” will almost certainly slow you down and cause you a lot of heartache when those people don’t scale."
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january 2018
Advice for First Time Founders
"Distraction comes in a million forms. If it isn’t going to add to your growth, it’s a distraction."
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january 2018
How to Find Consulting Clients
"Can this consultant help me solve my problem?
Will I like working with this consultant?"
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january 2018
How to Find Consulting Clients
"To help prospective clients determine if they’ll like working with me, I project my working style and personality onto my site and my writing. For example, I value clarity and substance over fluff, so I keep my site simple and my writing to-the-point."
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january 2018
The Basic Social Media Mistakes Companies Still Make
"To identify the most meaningful business objectives, ask some questions: What numbers must you hit? How will you know you are successful? How does your boss judge success? What has changed recently that is challenging you? What do stakeholders care about most?"
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january 2018
Bono: The Rolling Stone Interview
"I want to be useful. That is our family prayer, as you know. It is not the most grandiose prayer. It is just, we are available for work. That is U2's prayer. We want to be useful, but we want to change the world. And we want to have fun at the same time. What is wrong with that?"
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january 2018
Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You
"We spend much of our days on autopilot—not giving much thought to what we are doing with our time. This is a problem. It’s difficult to prevent the trivial from creeping into every corner of your schedule if you don’t face, without flinching, your current balance between deep and shallow work, and then adopt the habit of pausing before action and asking, “What makes the most sense right now?”"
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december 2017
My Content is a Mindset! – Gary Vaynerchuk – Medium
"My content is a mindset because I think the whole thing, life, business, entrepreneurship, is a one or zero, black or white. It’s very binary. You’re either optimistic and on the offense or your pessimistic and on defense."
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december 2017
What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?
"The best CEOs realize that they need to build organizations and hierarchy and delegate decision making while still holding their teams accountable. The best CEOs realize that they must transition from being individual contributors to team builders and adjudicators who settle conflicts of “resource allocations.”"
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november 2017
What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?
"Often companies who get stuck in “that’s the way we do things around here” mindset struggle to obtain growth because in the Innovation Phase of a startup detailed processes are often eschewed in the spirit of “we’re a startup!”"
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november 2017
What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?
"Answering these and other questions often forces teams to build processes so that serving customers can be done repeatably and profitably."
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november 2017
What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?
"they start to have to ask harder questions about unit economics:

How much does it cost us to acquire a new customer?
How profitable is my product or service?
How long does it take me to pay back my original customer acquisition costs?
What sized team can I afford in order to sell, market & provide service to these customers?"
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november 2017
What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?
"Great leaders recognize their own individual strengths and recruit people who complement them rather than compliment them. They look for people who fill in their gaps and together the team can make a whole."
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november 2017
What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?
"They made one or more of these grievous errors:

They didn’t build an experienced or well-rounded management team,
They didn’t establish a well-articulated strategy or source of differentiation so that when they had hundreds of employees joined they could all pull in the same direction and for a common purpose
They didn’t establish a strong culture or norms that allowed for great decision-making without the founders having to intervene
They didn’t devolve authority or decision-making outside of the founders or a tight-knit executive group leading to delays by indecision or lack of authority
They failed to invest in internal systems to support growth
They didn’t establish enduring processes to allow the broader company to have a roadmap for how to operate."
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november 2017
Stripe Atlas: Getting Your First 10 Customers
"inding places where customers congregate online, such as industry associations, conferences, communities / forums, and specialized directories. These are worth investigating, both from the perspective of developing leads and from the perspective of learning about organic behavior among your target customers. What are the issues which routinely come up when they talk shops with their peers? What pain points do they have and how do they conceptualize them? What else do they use? Knowing the answers to these helps your development, marketing, and sales efforts."
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october 2017
Why the Best Doesn't Always Win
"In the typical path-dependence scenario, producers or consumers see one technology as slightly superior. This edge quickly snowballs into clear economic advantage: production costs fall with greater experience in manufacturing, and consumer acceptance grows with greater familiarity. And along the way, the weight of numbers makes the leading product more valuable than one based on competing technologies."
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august 2017
OKR: Objectives and Key Results FAQs
"Every objective has corresponding key results that are:

Numerically measured
Utilize a threshold or delta to measure change (from x to y)
They are the end result of a series of tasks, but not the tasks themselves
There’s a baseline measurement to move away from or towards
Answers: “How do I know if I have achieved my outcome?”"
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july 2017
OKR: Objectives and Key Results FAQs
"Objectives are outcomes that reflect current business priorities. They are:

Time based (Due date)
Non-numeric (Qualitative)
Aspirational (Saying this with confidence sounds hard)
Answers: “What am I working towards without focusing on the tasks that get me there?”
Empowers and promotes collaboration and cross-functionality
Has a clear subject, object and journey that the subject goes through"
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july 2017
Shedding Light on the “Black Box of Inappropriateness”
"Action 2: Create a Safe Channel for Harassment Reporting

To make it safe, a special channel (like a hotline # to dial) should be created where specific harassment incidents can be reported with no repercussion. If possible (and I wish I had done this), the victim should write a full account of what happened and send it to the perpetrator to make sure he’s aware of his level of inappropriateness and the victim’s full disapproval of it.

Again, to Laughlin’s point, all firms should record the incidents as data points, not accusations. It’s very easy to discredit a story, especially if you personally know the person and stand by his character because you’ve never seen him doing it. But the purpose of recording an incident is to serve as a data point and a warning to the perpetrator, letting him know that it’s not okay. If repeated behavior is reported, the company will have to take firm action and investigate the matter more seriously.

This hotline has to be made highly visible and accessible, and be directly addressed by someone at the partner level (perhaps such as Christine in 500’s case) to convey how seriously the firm takes this."
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july 2017
Shedding Light on the “Black Box of Inappropriateness”
"Action 1: Clearly Define the Different Levels of “Inappropriateness” in a Formal Company Harassment Policy

Level A. Verbal or Gender Harassment:

Inappropriate comments, remarks or suggestions have been made that makes the other party feel unsafe or uncomfortable (e.g. in the case of Sarah Kunst)
Generalized sexist statements and behavior that convey insulting or degrading attitudes about women (e.g. Insulting remarks, obscene jokes or humor about sex or women in general)
Level B. Direct Sexual Propositions or Seductive Behavior:

Unwanted, inappropriate and offensive direct propositions implying sexual advances has been made (e.g. sexual invitations like “would you consider sleeping with me or come to my hotel room, etc”, insistent requests for dinner, drinks or dates, persistent messages, phone calls and other invitations)
Level C. Sexual Bribery or Coercion:

Solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promise of reward (eg funding, closing a deal, etc); the proposition may be either overt or subtle
Coercion of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by threat of punishment; examples include negative performance evaluations, withholding of promotions, threat of termination.
Level D. Sexual Imposition:

Unwanted and nonconsensual sexual imposition and physical advances (such as forceful touching, feeling, grabbing, kissing) or sexual assault"
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july 2017
What Turns Estimates Into Deadlines
"The next time you’re asked for an estimate, try this: tell the person that you’d like to try an experiment where in place of sharing an estimate you share frequent progress updates of work completed and work remaining. Tell them you want to see if this will give them even more of the information that they need and keep them in the loop better, without some of the negative side effects that sharing estimates can sometimes bring. Follow it up by doing your very best work and by taking great care of yourself. And say goodbye to the dark days of deadlines."
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july 2017
Google Employees Weighed in on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager. Technical Expertise Came in Dead Last
"managers who truly care about their employees' success and well-being take an interest in their lives."
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june 2017
The Anthropic Sympathy of Platforms
"If you want to know how fast a team is going, look at what we’ve delivered into production in the last two weeks. Look at how much business value is now in the hands of customers. I can’t predict the future, and nor can you. A continuously-delivering team can however point to recent past performance."
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june 2017
Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? Part 1
"How much do you want to invest before we stop?
How much value is this project or program worth to you?"
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may 2017
Inbound Sales: How to Sell the Way Prospects Buy
"Instead, inbound salespeople leverage initial buyer interest to develop additional trust and uncover buyer goals through an exploratory conversation. They use their own credibility to probe deeper into the buyer’s specific goals and challenges. As experts, they can assess whether they can help the buyer efficiently and more thoroughly than prospects can on their own. Through proper value positioning and a strategic questioning process during the Explore stage, inbound salespeople guide prospects to draw their own conclusions about whether a product is right for their needs."
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may 2017
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