Hypergrowth Startup Strategy
reliability is paramount.
- be the person everyone wants to ask to fix something
- never drop the ball.
think in problems & skills, not roles. Everyone switches role.
- You are hired to fix problems, not point them out. Most problems are not hard but there are a lot of them.
- A half-fixed problem is worse than no fix at all. You can't resue or build on a 20% solution.
Everyone's job is to fix/create/setup/improve.
- all roles are interim. Hire better people to replace you.
avoid stress by maintaining control.
Things going wrong is normal. Have risk mitigation strategies.
Don't work a lot, work quickly and effectively.
- Don't wait, don't get stuck. switch between issues if you get stuck.
- If you are waiting on someone else, see if you can do a good enough version yourself.
- Acknowledge quickly, solve async.
Scale yourself by automating, hiring, empowering
never load your stress or frustration on others.
- if you share a problem share a default solution to avoid 'passing the burden.'
Career Advancement Strategy
- Get ahead by working hard for yourself (keeping an indie mindset), such as:
- building and maintaining a network
- getting certifications
- freelancing and consulting
- creating your own products
- exhibit loyalty to people, not organizations
- have a clear definition of what success means to you.
- find positions of higher leverage, get yourself in better bargaining positions.
- Don't worry about "advanced" tech title bumps like "lead" or "architect."
- If possible, spend less time with programmers and more with project managers, etc. #above the code
- volunteer to do non-programming work like:
- audit processes
- research projects
- learn about a domain, bring others up to speed on it.
- survival is about strength at your own level, confidence is about the illusion of strength above your level. #playing up
- Always accept more responsibility, authority, and organizational power. Bite off more than you can chew.
- Every transfer, promotion, or company switch is a plausible point for narrative enhancement. #narrative rationality
- look for mutual wins.
- avoid "carnival cash" compensation. (anything that has value within a company but does not have value outside of it.)
- learn how to say no