My friend Jason Calacanis has written a very interesting blog post vis a vis running a startup.I have thought a lot about startups and ideas behind them, but I found this both practical and useful.
I don’t agree with him vis a vis buying Microsoft applications, as I think they are the best in the business, and I think everyone should use both Windows computers, applications like ActiveWords, and certainly Outlook and Exchange. My guess is that since Jason is focusing on simply a web based company, e.g. “Mahalo” his focus is a little different than mine would be.
I also think materially disagree with his idea, which is set forth in point # 11. Which I have to believe is made in jest. It is great to hire very hard working people. Clearly my preference. But it is delusional to think that you would make that the bench mark in your hires, and also delusional to think that your hires will work as hard as the founders.
But there are a lot of good ideas here, simple practical ones, that I think people are sometimes afraid to put in place, in fear that they are not really conventional!
His take, like mine is that if time is the most valuable commodity that people have, getting the roadblocks and obstacles out of the way is the very best investment you can make in your company.
I am going to recommend to him that he make this post into a Wiki, so that people can contribute to it, and make it a really useful knowledge sharing site for the startup community.