Jeff Lawson on Having Conviction

I came across this talk by Jeff Lawson, Founder/CEO of our portfolio company Twilio. It is about having conviction and not relying completely on things like A/B testing to make decisions. It’s very good (and only 18 mins long).

via Video Of The Week: Jeff Lawson on Having Conviction — AVC

Urgency — AVC

One of the things I often press for in my role as a board member and investor is a greater “sense of urgency” in our portfolio companies. The founders and CEOs, it turns out, are hungry for that even more than I am. It is a collective frustration. So when I hear a suggestion on…

via Urgency — AVC

How Google Is Challenging AWS — Stratechery

Big companies are often criticized for having “missed” the future — from the comfortable perch of a present where said future has come to pass, of course — but while the future is still the future incumbents are first more often than not. Probably the best example is Microsoft: the company didn’t “miss mobile” —…

via How Google Is Challenging AWS — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

The FLASH drives — Seth Godin

Fear, loneliness, anger, shame & hunger. They drive us. They divide us. They take us away from our work, our mission, our ability to make a difference. And yet, sometimes, they fuel our motion, leading to growth and connection. When a variety of FLASH shows up, it almost never calls itself by name. Instead, it…

via The FLASH drives — Seth Godin’s Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

How to Push

If you are a team leader or parent, do you have the experience of pushing your team member or kid to do a task? In traditional Chinese culture, there is a proverb: “You can never wake up a person who pretends to sleep.” The first thing, you should identify if it is an attitude problem. […]

via How to Push — Islander Steve

The Ramp Down to Real — Ryan Singer

On feature bloat, lack of focus, and what to do about it.We’re working on a series of “How To” videos here at Basecamp. I was prototyping the first video of the series when I ran into a familiar design problem. The video was twice as long as it should be and the whole thing felt disorganized.…

via The Ramp Down to Real — Signal v. Noise – Medium

The importance of size & proximity

Process is expensive. Bigger teams, working from a distance, part time team members, and many specialists are all factors that lead to a more elaborate process. This might be obvious, but the more companies we get to know, the more we experience that this is something being ignored. Here’s a 3 minute video that dives into the importance of team size and proximity: