Some weekend reading and thinking

Have a good weekend. Try to unplug. But if you wind up online, here’s some stuff to peruse:

  • Head, shoulder, foot!
    “Most founders think about complementing technical or business skills when they build their intial team. Fewer think about the emotional components required to marshal the operation to success.”
  • The Pmarca Guide’ to Startups, part 7: Why a startup’s initial business plan doesn’t matter that much
    “A startup’s initial business plan doesn’t matter that much, because it is very hard to determine up front exactly what combination of product and market will result in success.”
  • Lifehacker’s Career productivity and motivation roundup
  • Yet another reason to build a case for telecommuting
    “Do you really need another justification for your web worker lifestyle? Yes, you do. Business continuity and disaster preparedness (or COOP in government-speak, short for ‘continuity-of-operations program’) is yet another great reason to foster a web-working culture, even in the most traditional businesses.”
  • SMART Objectives
    “It can be difficult to do the first time around. Here’s a question that you can ask yourself to help you get started: How do you know if [insert position]is doing a good job?” Hmmm. Sounds a lot like “Define success.” Great minds think alike. Which likely means that there is some great mind, somewhere, thinking exactly like Evil HR Lady. Until we find that person, go ahead and read my post.
  • 5 reasons to do business on the level
    “They say that all is fair in love and war. I’m confident there are also some who would add that all is fair in business too. Defining what is ‘ethical’ in business is difficult at best, especially such that everyone else will agree, but creating a code of ethics to define what you will and will not do in the name of business is a more manageable task.”
  • Scoble Show: An inside look at Twitter
    I don’t really care whether you like Twitter or not. I want you to watch this. And then I want you to tell me if you have ever seen programmers (Britt Selvitelle and Alex Payne) who so deeply understand, passionately pursue, and eloquently describe their work. I would work there in a heartbeat.
  • And as long as we’re discussing places I would work in a heartbeat. How about an oldie but a goodie like Connected Ventures recruitment video? Okay, maybe it’s not a recruitment video. But, I would work there in a heartbeat, too. Except I’m way too old. But the fact that they pulled this off, with the entire office, without a hint of “You’ve got to be kidding me“? Says volumes, my friend.

About Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy
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