QOTD 2011-02-22

Quote of the day is from Paul Graham who recalled the days when he founded his startup.

“Our biggest competitor was a company called iCat. Fortunately for us, they were not very good at writing software. They were, however, very good at raising money and seeming corporate.”

via Founders at work

The End

Performance and Appearance

Do you think which one is more important, performance or appearance?

In big companies, people wear suits. Because they focus on “appearance”.

In startups, people wear jeans. Because they focus on “performance”.

In the preface of “Founders at work”, Paul Graham said:

“The less energy people expend on performance, the more they expend on appearances to compensate. More often than not the energy they expend on seeming impressive makes their actual performance worse.”

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Diminishing Returns on Information

You are a voracious reader. You like reading.

You are hungry to absorb huge quantities of information on any subject.

Whenever you get every bit of information of your interest, or whenever you find some information is useful in making a decision, you will spend whole day digging up online.

In the end, you waste a lot of time gathering information, and… without take action.