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To be successful, do only what you do best - The Globe and Mail

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To be successful, do only what you do best - The Globe and Mail

This makes a nice point and rings true for me. It certainly refutes the notion that entrepreneurs are generalists. I do, however, think it’s about focus more than doing one thing well.

All great people in life and business possess incredible focus. Sometimes it’s natural – when you find that one thing that’s your passion – and sometimes it’s hard earned, by sheer force of will.

The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future

 •  Filed under Tech, Startups, Amazon, Founders

The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future

Fascinating read. Bezos sounds like a lot of other wealthy founders, I know: eccentric, confident to a fault, and often more concerned about the long game rather than short-term sound decisions.

I think these are admirable qualities in founders actually. The problem is that such a person needs a friend he/she trusts to say, “Ok, no really, you’re being completely unreasonable.” Without that, you eventually get to madness and unsustainable ideas.

Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

 •  Filed under Technology, Startups, Software, Web, Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley'™s Youth Problem

A real great article. At places early on, it borders on youth bias, likely because the guy writing it is in grad school and doesn’t realize his own bias. But once you get passed that, the piece has some excellent insight and ideas as it carries along. Good stuff.

The Do's and Don'ts of Rapid Scaling for Startups

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The Do'€™s and Don'ts of Rapid Scaling for Startups

Lots of good advice and thinking here. I prefer small teams and a clear team mindset/vision, too.

How to Grow Without Losing What Makes You Great | Inc.com

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How to Grow Without Losing What Makes You Great | Inc.com

Fantastic article on growth and scaling for a company. Filled with great ideas, like:

“When people think growth, usually they think of anatomy,” he says. “How big are the limbs? But the real thing is physiology. Is stuff circulating well–the blood and the oxygen? Even if your anatomy is very developed, your physiology can be bad.”