Common Mistakes That Start-ups Make
Jason Fried is the co-founder and President of 37signals, the Chicago-based web-application company. He has co-authored all of 37signals' books, including the upcoming, "Rework," as well as the 'minimalist manifesto,' "Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application" He also helps to maintain the company's popular blog, Signal vs. Noise, and is regularly invited to speak around the world on entrepreneurship, design, management, and software.
\r\nAnd the main reason why I think this is important is because people \r\noften make decisions with the wrong information. So they make decisions\r\n far into the future, based on information they have today. You’re \r\nbetter off making decisions today based on information you have today \r\nbecause that’s when you make your best decisions. You make your best \r\ndecisions when you have the best information. That’s always right now. \r\nYou and I know more about this interview right now then we did three \r\nmonths ago. So, you can ask me a new question right now. If you had \r\nall your questions, you have some written now, but if you had all of \r\nthem written out and never changed your ideas on the questions you might\r\n want to ask, the interview wouldn’t be as good as you can say, "Jason \r\njust said something now I can ask something else." So, that’s why... \r\nthat’s the agile side of it. So there’s a little bit of planning, but \r\nthere’s the agile side of paying attention to the information you have \r\nright now. And that’s why I don’t like the big long plans because \r\nyou’re saying in two years you’re going to be here and in three years \r\nyou’re going to be here. Well you’re just saying that based on \r\ninformation you have today. It’s not really going to be any good in two\r\n years. The best information today is the information you have today \r\nand that’s the information you have to make decisions.
Recorded on July 22, 2010
Interviewed by Peter Hopkins
Competition doesn't put start-ups out of business. Rather the businesses tend to put themselves out of business by hiring the wrong people, being afraid of making money, and spending too much early on.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
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- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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