This is why we have working managers at Basecamp (and why Microsoft and Apple stumbled when they…

That’s why I always respect experience over pedigree. Pedigree can by purchased, where experience can only be gained by trying to meet real market demands — with risk, always looming, scary inherent risk. And that’s called business.

One of my favorite bosses (who will go unnamed, because there were many of them) would roll up his sleeves and spend hours with us at the whiteboard if we had a design, engineering or even a people problem. And while all the other partners drove luxury cars, he had some kind of older, rusty european contraption which was just fine by him. He said he toured parts of Mexico with his kids and that was the car he used to do it, and that made it dear to his heart.

To those who roll up their sleeves, I salute you!

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.