5QCX: Recruit & Retain The Best Talent. A few weeks back I did a short interview with the folks at Directly about our Happiness team at Automattic. We talked about how we hire for support and how the team operates.
I gradually came to understand that because [Robert Moses] had done this thing, that no one else had ever done, gotten all this power without being elected, if I could find out how he did it and explain how he did it, I would be explaining something that no one else understood and I thought they really should understand, which is, how does power really work in cities? Not what we’re taught in textbooks, but what’s the raw, bottom, naked essence of real power?
A few days later, I found myself in pajama pants, pacing frantically around my apartment, on the phone with Elon Musk. We had a discussion about Tesla, SpaceX, the automotive and aerospace and solar power industries, and he told me what he thought confused people about each of these things.
Interview with Brunello Cucinelli. Om’s interview with the “king of cashmere.” There are really interesting perspectives on life, business, and seeking balance throughout the interview. And, if you’re not already following Pico I highly recommend it.
It wasn’t that people wanted things for free and asked for advertising to fund it—it’s that these companies wanted to amass an audience whose “eyeballs” they could sell, and they gave people things for free to do that. Free services and content has been foisted upon us because there wasn’t the will power to explore other options.
Her new book sounds fascinating as well.
When we mythologize ourselves, we tend to amplify the things that turned out okay and try to turn the failures or lack of success into something we learned from. You can do anything to make your life look really grand. It’s a shame that so many people find it difficult to do the things they’d like to do because they feel cowed by seemingly successful people who appear to never do anything wrong, or always learn from their mistakes. That just rings as a lot of B.S. and self-mythology to me.
The Great Discontent: Frank Chimero. An interview with Frank Chimero about work, design, and what motivates you. I really enjoyed this line from the interview:
I guess that means that design must talk about something else. If you make design about design, you’re just stacking bowls, and that’s not what bowls are for.
Hiring Engineers, a Process. The tips for successful interviews are particularly interesting. I also like the way Eran summed it up at the end with:
A job interview goes both ways. We interview you, and you interview us. We want great talent and respect is the first step.
Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: Coudal. 37signals talks with Jim Coudal about the founding, growing pains, and success of Coudal Partners. A wonderfully honest interview by Jim Coudal.