Five years ago today was my first day at BustedTees. I came on as Marketing Manager and a few months later I was the GM, or Director of Retail as it was called. Working at Connected Ventures (BT, CollegeHumor, Vimeo) was a turning point for me, as I entered the mainstream of NYC tech and started working for businesses that people had actually heard of. I gained a ton from my 2.5 years at BustedTees, including many lifelong friendships, invaluable work experience, and an intro (from Amir and Amir) to a young lady from California, who I later made my wife (I met her July 13th, 2007).
It’s crazy how fast the time has gone and how much I’ve done since then. It makes me wonder where I’ll be on March 26, 2017.
“Republicans are desperate. They can’t attack Obama on jobs because the jobs picture is improving.
Their attack on the Administration’s rule requiring insurers to cover contraception has backfired, raising hackles even among many Republican women.
Their attack on Obama for raising gas prices has elicited scorn from economists of all persuasions who know oil prices are set in global markets and that demand in the United States has actually fallen.
Their presidential ambitions are being trampled in a furious fraternal war among Republican candidates.
Their Tea Party wing wants to reopen the budget deal forged with Democrats after Republicans got bloodied by threatening to block an increase in the debt limit.
So what are Republicans to do now? What they always do when they have nothing else to say.
Call for a tax cut, of course.
It doesn’t matter that their new “tax reform” plan (leaked to the Wall Street Journal late Monday, to be released Tuesday morning) has as much chance of being enacted as Herman Cain has of being elected president.
It doesn’t matter than the plan doesn’t detail how they plan to pay for the tax cuts. Or whether an even bigger whack would have to be taken out of Medicare than Paul Ryan’s original voucher plan – which would drowned many elderly under rising medical costs.
It doesn’t even matter that the plan would probably raise taxes on many lower-income Americans, All that matters is the headlines.
“House Republican Budget to Propose Lower Income Tax Rates,” says Bloomberg Businessweek. “Republican Budget Plan Seeks to Play Up Tax Reform,” says Reuters. “GOP’s Budget Targets Taxes,” blares the Wall Street Journal.
Presto. Republicans have gotten what they wanted on the basis of saying absolutely nothing.”—Robert Reich: What Republicans Argue When They Have Nothing Left to Say
In many ways it’s fairly obvious why some startups can innovate & execute faster and better than a big company.
The startup is focused and has one mission. There are no warlords, mixed interests, VPs battling for control, massive performance reviews to plough through, strategy meetings followed by more strategy meetings, “move the needle” conversations, etc.
As a startup goes from purely product focused to scaling the organization I’ve seen a potential trap that is awful to watch.
The trap is acting like a huge company when you are still a small company (ie less than 250 people).
The challenge is staffing up accordingly with management and building out the team of specialists — but still maintain all of the qualities of a founder driven startup that is kicking ass, taking risk and making it happen.
When I see the small company acting like a massive company with 360 performance reviews, or VPs reporting to other VPs, or a massive board deck, or a huge board or a roadmap from hell, or nasty politics, then something tragic happened. And it’s a moral killer.
The good news is the company can still fix itself - it’s painful but it’s possible. It’s not nearly as easy for the large company to correct itself.