dennisgorelik: (2009)
Of all organization men, the true executive is the one who remains most suspicious of The Organization. If there is one thing that characterizes him, it is a fierce desire to control his own destiny and, deep down, he resents yielding that control to The Organization, no matter how velvety its grip…

"Suspicious" part is about me.
Not only I do not trust my organization, I do not fully trust anybody (or trust, but verify).

Just today a developer told me that I like to test a lot (e.g. test if product documentation and my understanding of that documentation actually matches with reality). In his mind I test too much.

Now I think I do not test enough.
Consider what happens with organization if it does not have enough suspicious people:

Thanks to Дмитрий Васильев
dennisgorelik: (2009)
People who are dreaming about starting companies, but do not start them - think that good idea is the most important part for business.
In reality, even though good business idea is important, idea execution by far outweighs the idea itself.

Here's what Steve Jobs said about it in his Lost Interview (1995):
One of the things that really hurt Apple was after I left, John Sculley got a very serious disease, and this disease (and I’ve seen other people get it too), it’s the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work, and if you just tell all these other people, here’s this great idea then of course they can go off and make it happen. And the problem with that is that there is just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows, it never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot of more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there is tremendous trade-offs that you have to make, I mean there are certain things that you just can’t make electrons do, there are certain things you can’t make plastic do, or glass do. Or factories do, or robots do and as you get into all these things … designing a product is keeping 5000 things in your brain, these concepts, and fitting them all together and kind-of continue to push and fit them together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently. And it’s that process that is the magic.
dennisgorelik: (2009)
I just re-watched "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview" (1995).
The technology crashed and burned at Xerox. Why?
I learned more about this with John Sculley later on. What happens is, John came from Pepsico. And they—at most—would change their product once every 10 years. To them, a new product was a new sized bottle. So if you were a ‘product person’, you couldn’t change the course of that company very much.
So, who influences the success at Pepsico? The sales and marketing people. Therefore they were the ones that got promoted, and they were the ones that ran the company. Well, for Pepsico that might have been okay, but it turns out the same thing can happen at technology companies that get monopolies. Like IBM and Xerox.
If you were a ‘product person’ at IBM or Xerox: so you make a better copier or better computer. So what? When you have a monopoly market-share, the company’s not any more successful.
So the people who make the company more successful are the sales and marketing people, and they end up running the companies. And the ‘product people’ get run out of the decision-making forums. The companies forget how to make great products. The product sensibility and product genius that brought them to this monopolistic position gets rotted out by people running these companies who have no conception of a good product vs. a bad product. They have no conception of the craftsmanship that’s required to take a good idea and turn it into a good product. And they really have no feeling in their hearts about wanting to help the costumers.

Idea vs execution
dennisgorelik: (2009)
Про инвестиции по-российски:
У вас есть единственный способ хорошо жить — это не брать инвестора. Это единственный способ. Потому что инвесторы делятся на две категории: плохие и очень плохие. Никаких «хороших» инвестиций, «умных денег» и всей этой фигни не бывает просто.
то, что мы станем страной № 1, я не сомневаюсь.

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