November 1, 2012

What I Learned Building - by Kevin Rose

Keeping the quotes afloat - love this outlook on building products by @KevinRose. I have communicated this vision to many entrepreneurs; multiple times over.

Those who follow succeed.

"Common office chatter: “this isn’t scalable,” “this will take months to build,” “I’m not sure this will work,” “can you cut out this feature to save time?” “have we tested this in a focus group?”

It was my job to counter these doubts by selling the vision. This is something I failed to do. In the end I compromised on functionality, building the easier “me too” features that were standard in the industry, while leaving dozens of deeper features on the cutting room floor.

A team aligned behind a vision will move mountains. Sell them on your road map and don’t compromise — care about the details, the fit and finish. Only work with those that have (as Larry Page puts it) “a healthy disregard for the impossible,” and push everyone on your team until it’s uncomfortable."

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