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Perfect vs. important

Is there a conflict? Does holding something back as you polish it make it more likely that you’ll create something important? I don’t think so. There’s no apparent correlation. Instead, what we see is that, all things being equal, polished is better...

Please don’t kill the blogs

An open note to Google To the gmail team, You’ve built a tool for a billion people. Most of my blog readers use it every day, and so do I. Thanks for creating an effective way for people to connect to the people and ideas they care about. That comes with...

The four elements of entrepreneurship

Are successful entrepreneurs made or born? We’d need to start with an understanding of what an entrepreneur is. They’re all over the map, which makes the question particularly difficult to navigate. There’s the 14-year-old girl who hitches a ride to Costco, buys 100...

Justice and dignity, the endless shortage

You will never regret offering dignity to others. We rarely get into trouble because we overdo our sense of justice and fairness. Not just us, but where we work, the others we influence. Organizations and governments are nothing but people, and every day we get a...

Fake wasabi

Most sushi restaurants serve a green substance with every roll. But it’s not wasabi, it’s a mix of horseradish and some other flavorings. Real wasabi costs too much. The thing is, if you grew up with this, you’re used to it. It’s the regular...