Laura Kalbag on the importance of good communication with clients.
“As a designer, fifty percent of your work is communication. Probably even more. If you don’t enjoy communicating with your clients, then you’ll really struggle to succeed in client services.”
Liz Ryan on a good place to work in.
“There is no job security left except the kind we carry around with us -- our wits and our track record, specifically - so we can't afford to dull our edge working in a place where people don't think and don't question. It will harm us to do that, mentally and physically.”
Happiness at work.
Ike Ellis on technical interviews.
“Some people do very well with traditional interviews and they should stick with what works for them. However, I’d urge any company to really look hard at what their interview process is screening for. Does it accurately produce employees that do great work and fit well with the team?”
Paul Graham on meeting schedules.
“Most powerful people are on the manager's schedule. It's the schedule of command. But there's another way of using time that's common among people who make things, like programmers and writers. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can't write or program well in units of an hour. That's barely enough time to get started.”
Paul Graham on premature scaling and how to build a startup.
“Startups take off because the founders make them take off. There may be a handful that just grew by themselves, but usually it takes some sort of push to get them going. A good metaphor would be the cranks that car engines had before they got electric starters. Once the engine was going, it would keep going, but there was a separate and laborious process to get it going.”
Nick Kishfy on a corporate culture.
“Culture isn’t about whether you’re a startup or a Fortune 500 giant. It’s about values and mindset. It’s about what drives your team, and how you approach the decisions you make. It’s the why for your team’s commitment to come in and work their asses off every day, and it’d better go deeper than ping pong.”
Paul Tyma on good business ideas (two parts).
“I now rate any new idea I get according to a set of rules that helps me filter out good ideas from bad. At least, whatever I consider bad.”
Orson Scott Card on the importance of key players.
“Here's the problem that ends up killing company after company. All successful software companies had, as their dominant personality, a leader who nurtured programmers. But no company can keep such a leader forever. Either he cashes out, or he brings in management types who end up driving him out, or he changes and becomes a management type himself. One way or another, marketers get control.”
clexit on a first day of a new employee.
“One of the most embarrassing and difficult moments in any job is the first day, and it's usually more embarrassing for the employer than it is for the new hire. We're terrible at it! But it doesn't have to be this way. Here is a guide for handling it with style and making sure your new talent hits the ground running, and feels positive, and starts contributing right away, and goes home to their girlfriend or husband and says “I love this job!””