Knowing What Matters
It is important to know what really matters for your company and yourself because your values will be represented in the products you create. Here are some good quotes and a link over to the article:
Don’t be evil
– Paul Buchheit and Amit Patel, Google
Optimism, pessimism, fuck that; we’re going to make it happen.
-Elon Musk, SpaceX
That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity.
– Steve Jobs, Apple
My role is about unleashing what people already have inside them that is maybe suppressed in most work environments.
– Tony Hsieh, Zappos
Only the paranoid survive.
– Andy Grove, Intel
Know What Matters: Make sure you understand your own values. Few people do. Ask yourself the really hard questions, and be brutally honest. Make sure you understand which values your fellow co-founders and early employees consider non-negotiable, and screen for them in yourself and others. If these values cannot be reconciled, someone has to leave. Immediately. Make sure you understand which values your co-founders consider important but NOT non-negotiable. Talk through what the lack of alignment means in practice: what types of issues may arise and how do you deal with them? Make sure everyone has the same expectations.