The best way to stand for something

The best way to build a brand that matters, a story that spreads, an impact that we remember, is to understand a simple but painful trade-off: If you want to stand for something, You can’t stand for everything. “Anyone can be our customer and we will get you what you want…” is almost impossible to…

via The best way to stand for something — Seth Godin’s Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

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…

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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