“ Why do so many founders build things no one wants? Because they begin by trying to think of startup ideas. That m.o. is doubly dangerous: it doesn’t merely yield few good ideas; it yields bad ideas that sound plausible enough to fool you into working on them.”
“ Is the pressure on you or on the pitcher? Make sure it’s on the pitcher. Once the pitch is out of his hand, he’s done — you’re in charge. Are you going to be in charge for 56 feet or not until the ball gets to the box?”
Being a designer isn’t a trophy, it’s a responsibility. Go make something.— Jason Putorti (@putorti) June 22, 2013
I was fortunate enough to meet Michael Hastings and hear his story first-hand. He was so strong, and an amazing talent. It’s so sad to lose him.
From Ben Smith:
"In a way, Michael was born too late: He wrote with the sort of commitment of the generation of reporters shaped by the government’s lies about Vietnam, not by the triumphalism of the 1990s or the reflexive patriotism of the years after 9/11. He was surer than most of us that power is, presumptively, not to be trusted. Writers of his courage and talent are so rare, and he was taken way too soon. There are few like him. We will miss him terribly."
“ To my mind, a lot of people are missing the point when they talk about whether Tumblr is worth $1 billion price tag Yahoo! is paying. I will leave that question for others to decide, but I do know this: The deal is a disaster for fast-growth companies because it tells entrepreneurs to be gamblers rather than leaders. In fact, I think the deal is bad for American business, period, and I fear we may have three to five years of Tumblr silliness in the market as a result.”