Nick Lenten

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Nick Lenten

79 days ago

we had yet to work out how to reshape our economy to take advantage of them.

What We Get Wrong About Technology

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Nick Lenten

87 days ago

Bureaucracy has its drawbacks. But so does flatness. Borderless collaboration and a non-authoritarian workplace are great goals to strive for, but they shouldn’t–and needn’t–come at the expense of other, more important things.

Why Workers Can Suffer in Bossless Companies Like GitHub

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87 days ago

Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

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87 days ago

Guidance, which is fundamentally just praise and criticism, is usually called “feedback,” but feedback is screechy and makes us want to put our hands over our ears.

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

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141 days ago

People can’t help seeing signals, even in noise.

The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews

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156 days ago

We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

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171 days ago

A Visual Vocabulary for Concept Models

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175 days ago

Product managers for the digital world

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177 days ago

It’s Never Too Early to Fire

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198 days ago

Quitting the Silicon Valley Swamp

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198 days ago

Last year, we decided to take another step and to start a coding class for any interested employees. The goal of this class wasn’t to help people become full-time engineers. It was instead to help people get deeper insight into how modern software development works so that they could better understand how problems get solved at technology companies.

How Stripe teaches employees to code

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Nick Lenten

209 days ago

The death of retail is greatly exaggerated

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209 days ago

On being special in the venture business

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210 days ago

Building something no one else can measure

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216 days ago

Beshara hadn’t built a business; instead, he had manufactured a classic Silicon Valley mirage.

The Demise Of Tilt: A Bargain For Airbnb, A Classic Loss For Investors Like Andreessen Horowitz

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Nick Lenten

218 days ago

Create focused, relatively stable, bounded and largely crossfunctional teams.
Focus the teams on picking the most valuable work to do.
Break work down into small chunks with clear objectives, usually just a few days.
Measure how long things take, Kanban-style (e.g. 4.8-5.2 days on average).
Forecast based on short and long-term delivery cycle data.

The Throw Down: Agile Estimation vs. #NoEstimates

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Nick Lenten

218 days ago

Once autonomous vehicles are cheap, safe, and plentiful, retail and logistics companies could buy up millions, seeing that cars can be stores and streets are the ultimate real estate.

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

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Nick Lenten

220 days ago

We hosted a brainstorming session that concluded that we can pursue an economically self-sufficient lunar base for a one-time $5B investment.

Meet One of the Most Brilliant Investors in Silicon Valley

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Nick Lenten

220 days ago

The modern world is filled with constant distractions. Only those with maniacal focus on results and a willingness not to engage in every activity achieve extraordinary results.

Why Great Executives Avoid Shiny Objects

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Nick Lenten

220 days ago

Have you ever taken on a project just so you wouldn't be inactive, just to keep things going? How many better opportunities have you missed because that project made you too busy to pursue them?

Being Lazy Is the Key to Success, According to the Best-Selling Author of 'Moneyball'

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Nick Lenten

234 days ago

Loewy called his grand theory “Most Advanced Yet Acceptable”—maya. He said to sell something surprising, make it familiar; and to sell something familiar, make it surprising.

The Four-Letter Code to Selling Just About Anything

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Nick Lenten

234 days ago

These were PhD scientists who had been attracted to biotech to explore their specialties. But, with little cognitive diversity, they had no versatility in how to approach the task. They never finished.

Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

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Nick Lenten

237 days ago

I starred your e-mail, and over time it became a mascot for my illogical but oppressive sense of dread in the face of slightly annoying tasks

Sorry for the Delayed Response

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253 days ago

2017 YC Annual Letter

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271 days ago

Your “My Vision, and I Do Have One” video isn’t the best way to create a positive mental image.

Followers Don’t See Their Leaders as Real People

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271 days ago

The best product managers do three things:

Articulate what a winning product looks like.

Rally the team to build it.

Iterate on it until they get it right.

Find, Vet and Close the Best Product Managers

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302 days ago

Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

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397 days ago

They are asking about a job. I am thinking about identity, community, purpose – the things that provide meaning and motivation. I am talking about my life.

Why do we work so hard?

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399 days ago

We humans are really bad at controlling our emotions. This post won't help with that. Instead, I'm writing this to remind you not to allow your anger to persist under the illusion that it's somehow productive

Don't let your anger persist

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Nick Lenten

399 days ago

Centralizing product termination decisions does three things: 1) Focuses attention on the entire portfolio; 2) Manages the ripple effect that exit has on the firm’s ecosystem; and 3) Mitigates potential disagreements and delays owing to internal politics.

Centralized Decision Making Helps Kill Bad Products

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437 days ago

‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’

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458 days ago

Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks.

What Great Listeners Actually Do

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458 days ago

Now here are the questions I began to ask as I gained experience
How’s business?
Really?
Could you expand on that?
Why?

The Questions That Matter

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Nick Lenten

465 days ago

A Nihilist's Guide to Meaning

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505 days ago

To the extent that Agile has lost its way, a slogan that reminds us of the original path will help. To the extent that Agile as a movement now favors bland conformity over scrappiness and outrageous ideas, an outrageous slogan can help us get back to where we once belonged.

Artisanal Retro-Futurism ⊗ Team-Scale Anarcho-Syndicalism

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507 days ago

The Management Myth

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Nick Lenten

592 days ago

"I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead."

The Life-Changing Magic Of Shorter Emails

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592 days ago

Don’t create a sense of urgency, foster a sense of purpose.

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595 days ago

The Amazon Tax

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653 days ago

I honestly am not sure what’s going on in this sentence. What I do know is that Sarah Palin has this in common with Roman orators: She loves to talk trash.

Sarah Palin’s English

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655 days ago

Making sense of MVP (Minimum Viable Product) – and why I prefer Earliest Testable/Usable/Lovable

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659 days ago

Rocket Internet: What It’s Like to Work at a Startup Clone Factory

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664 days ago

My new attitude to travel is to skip the iconic – and I thank my father for that

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Nick Lenten

665 days ago

McClure watches from the floor. He’s in a black shirt that reads: “500 Strong.” When he doesn’t like a pitch, he shouts: “Buzzword bullshit!”

Silicon Valley braces itself for a fall: 'There'll be a lot of blood'

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667 days ago

Why I Quit Ordering From Uber-for-Food Start-Ups

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667 days ago

You’re only 23. Stop rushing life.

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670 days ago

The stack fallacy is a result of human nature  — we (over) value what we know.

Why Big Companies Keep Failing: The Stack Fallacy

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Nick Lenten

670 days ago

Why is it taking so long?

What The Interview Process Is Like At Google, Apple, Amazon, And Other Tech Companies

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Nick Lenten

670 days ago

Yes, you can be too action-oriented. Ideas, while cheap when compared to effective execution, are still more valuable than many of the other things we spend time on.

The Secret Power of ‘Read It Later’ Apps

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Nick Lenten

671 days ago

How to Hire

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