Brearly Weekly II

A lot has been written about product design and development that hardly a week goes by where someone doesn’t come up with a new framework to think about products. One of the frameworks or theories that was proposed by none other than the author of ‘The Innovators Dilemma’, Prof. Clayton Christenssen is the ‘Jobs to be done’ theory. In his article on the ‘Jobs to be done’ theory Andrej Balaz takes us through some tools that will help us uncover and understand the jobs that people hire products and services to do in their lives.

While conceptualising and building products is one thing, building an organisation around that product is another game altogether. In her article on ‘Entrepreneurial Management 101’, Randy Komisar of KPCB takes us through what she calls ‘Minimaly Invasive Management’ and sums up the concept in this sentence

One of the hardest things for entrepreneurs to learn is that most of the time, the best thing they can do is get out of the way of the people actually doing the work.

Talking about entrepreneurs, Reed Hastings of Netflix is a role model for any young entrepreneur and in this interview with John Doerr of KPCB titled ‘Building an Iconic Company’, he talks about the evolution of the company culture at Netflix from inception to IPO.

While becoming a millionaire is the last thing in the mind of any entrepreneur, David Hansson aka DHH, the creater of Ruby on Rails and the co-founder of Basecamp talks about the day he became one in this interesting read.

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