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Best of Twitter - Week of August 12, 2019 - It took Steve Jobs 18 months to hire his COO

Best of Twitter - Week of August 12, 2019 - It took Steve Jobs 18 months to hire his COO
By Alexey Guzey • Issue #32 • View online

Jason ✨😊✨ Lemkin 🦄
“My COO turned me down for the first job I offered him.

I spent the next 18 months recruiting him for this one.

It ends up taking me about a year to hire all my best people, even at Apple.”

Steve Jobs President & CEO, NeXT and Apple. MIT Sloan Dist...
5:32 AM - 13 Aug 2019
Lily Liu
I replaced my $175/h architect with one online who draws for $25. Meanwhile my electrician gets $150/h.
Knowledge work can happen remotely so its a liquid competitive mkt. Physical work is local. Ironically blue collar workers are the valuable ones here, not those w college deg.
7:25 AM - 15 Aug 2019
Alexey Guzey
Compressed everything I learned about how life sciences work in the last year (and 100+ interviews) into 6000 words:
6:04 PM - 15 Aug 2019
Visakan Veerasamy
Introducing friends to each other, when it works out right, is the gift that keeps on giving
8:59 PM - 14 Aug 2019
Ryan Petersen
A public company SaaS CEO told me recently that a key part of his job for many many years has been keeping his enterprise sales team from removing the signup button from their web site.
6:39 PM - 15 Aug 2019
^ xwhystartupswin
Palmer Luckey
China controls American media using targeted investment and domestic content restrictions. Only pro-China films can get access to Chinese theaters, and most Hollywood conglos dare not defy the Chinese Communist Party. This situation is unprecedented in history.
2:02 AM - 15 May 2019
^ funnily enough, Vox, of all media, made a very similar point in this video in 2016
Subtle real advantage nobody talks about: if founders can access deeper pools of capital early/quickly, they can get bigger faster without spawning lots of competitors.

If your startup is real, pitching Sand Hill is sometimes like giving away copies of your treasure map
6:48 AM - 17 Aug 2019
Don Neufeld
@garrytan Yeah, 100%. When we were pitching 10+ years ago, our deck ended up in the hands of a large incumbent competitor. Fun times.
6:58 AM - 17 Aug 2019
Elisabeth Bik
Remember last night's problematic nanoparticle image? I found its source, published by another group 6 years earlier. And it appears to have duplications too. This is wild.
Left: 2009 paper.
Right: 2015 paper.
11:29 AM - 17 Aug 2019
Howard Crawford
Is the NIH grant system broken? Shockingly, I have thoughts. Thoughts from both sides of the process, grantee and reviewer. Thoughts from a mid-career scientist. Thoughts as an employer. Thoughts as a mentor.
These are MY thoughts, attributable to no one else. Still with me?/1
9:59 PM - 15 Aug 2019
Howard Crawford
And therein lies the problem. With an 8% pay line, all it takes is one reviewer. One reviewer who doesn’t have the right knowledge base. One reviewer who simply isn’t excited about your proposal. One reviewer who says “it’s not translational enough”. /36
10:07 PM - 15 Aug 2019
Taal (PLA Brand Ambassador)
A short history of the Communist Party of Greece:
1:44 AM - 31 Aug 2017
Erik Torenberg
For founders fundraising:

It’s helpful to consider the biggest reasons an investor might *not* invest, and pre-emptively address those reasons.

If you’ve solved for them, point to evidence.

If you haven’t, point to how you’ll address them, and the moat you’ve built to date.
3:21 AM - 17 Aug 2019
I'd love more discussion around the invisible privilege of beauty and the hardships around being unattractive, but a big roadblock is that both beautiful and unattractive people mostly don't like self-identifying as those things
9:25 PM - 16 Aug 2019
John Backus
First they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Then they attack you.
Then you win.
Then you rewrite history.
Then you give advice that leaves out the sketchy stuff you did while they were ignoring you.
4:02 AM - 7 Nov 2018
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