The Website Obesity Crisis: longer-than-normal, but seriously brilliant.
Here’s another fascinating article about working for a startup: Candid Advice For Those Joining The Startup World: Sleep With One Eye Open
This is long, but worth the read if you are considering working at a startup.
The author wrote an ebook, which is currently priced at $85, titled How to Engineer Your Layoff. The idea is to get a package that is worth something awesome. My package was pretty lame, and I know my company would not have done anything more than what they did. But I bet this $85 is a terrific investment if you work for a company or people with integrity.
From Friday’s article, I clicked through and started reading these posts which are fascinating. They talk about how to come up with employee compensation in a startup, and sharing those numbers with complete transparency.
Buffer’s compensation and equity spreadsheet: fascinating!
Joel Spolsky post which inspired Buffer on this (on GitHub)
Check out this fun interview with Aaron Skonnard from August of 2012: Bootstrapping an Online Education Company to $12M: Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard (Part 1)
It’s a long but entertaining read.
Great conversation on Quora about lean company/product development. I continually have stuff my developers work on that I refer to as Phase I or Phase II, etc. Here’s a visualization of what I really need:
As a product manager, the message is that each phase of developing a minimum viable product (MVP) is a functional step towards the end goal. So each phase is usable. Super important.
This reminds me of a technology vendor that used to call me again and again and again. I was a Dell guy… always buying my stuff from Dell. But this lady that called me, she wanted my business. She was a bit on the aggressive side, but she asked for my business, she asked for a shot.
And one day, she got it. And for the stuff I bought from her, I didn’t go back to Dell. She earned it. She won it. She wanted it. She persisted.
Two or three years ago I saw Josh James present at some networking thing in Salt Lake. I think we walked away with a little book with his startup rules, which I found really interesting.
I recently found the rules online: My Startup Rules
Some of this might be offensive, but considering his success (1.8B sale to Adobe, and I’m guessing he’ll sell his next company for over a billion), you gotta admit, he knows a thing or two about business!