Links for Feb 24 2013

  • “Because that’s the way it’s done” — should a founder listen? by @ASmartBear

    Quote: Do it your own way, but you’d better have your eyes open so you can address the special challenges you’re bringing on yourself. Once you buck “Their” wisdom, you can’t rely on “Them” when you get yourself into an unusual pickle. You’ve exited the safe and well-travelled road.

  • Steve Blank on Why Big Companies Can’t Innovate – Ron Ashkenas – Harvard Business Review

    Quote: the focus of an established firm is to execute an existing business model — to make sure it operates efficiently and satisfies customers. In contrast, the main job of a start-up is to search for a workable business model, to find the right match between customer needs and what the company can profitably offer. In other words in a start-up, innovation is not just about implementing a creative idea, but rather the search for a way to turn some aspect of that idea into something that customers are willing to pay for

  • When culture turns into policy by Mig Reyes of 37signals

    Quote: Culture empowers. Policy mandates.

  • Scott Adams Blog: Follow your Passion? 02/21/2013

    Quote: It’s easy to be passionate about things that are working out, and that distorts our impression of the importance of passion. I’ve been involved in several dozen business ventures over the course of my life and each one made me excited at the start. You might even call it passion. The ones that didn’t work out – and that would be most of them – slowly drained my passion as they failed. The few that worked became more exciting as they succeeded. As a result, it looks as if the projects I was most passionate about were also the ones that worked. But objectively, the passion evolved at the same rate as the success. Success caused passion more than passion caused success.

  • Amazon gets (more) serious about the enterprise. No kidding — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: The fact that Amazon Web Services is targeting enterprise accounts is nothing new. The company’s just getting more blatant about it.

  • Organizing product management | On Product Management

    Quote: For the ideal product management team, you’ll want to supplement this core set of experts with an expert for each of the markets you serve. That’s right: a product marketing manager or market expert for each major geographic area and for each vertical industry—at least the ones you care about.

  • New crime-prediction research highlights the promise of big data — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: New research from the University of Michigan highlights the potential for tackling tough problems like crime by getting creative with data, so we can fight the disease instead of the symptoms.

  • Michael Fauscette: Making Decisions – People and Data in the New Enterprise

    Quote: I don’t want to oversimplify, because what I’m talking about is technically not easy by any means. But at the core of the new way of working it’s about people and data, and finding ways to systematically identify and bring these resources together in real time in some business context to collaboratively make the business decisions necessary to operate and be competitive in the current business environment. Real Time sense and respond in an iterative loop with the relevant people and data working together to make business decisions and craft flexible business strategies is the operational model for businesses in the information economy. 

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