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Company Ideals & Rules

Patrick Burtchaell
Nov 30, 2015 · 2 min read

We have a growing list of ideals and rules that we live by at Lawn Chair. Most of these ideals we have pulled from both our past experiences and from reading articles and essays. Some are from personal values we believe are important. As we continue to learn and grow, we expect these lists will do the same. Today, this is what we believe in.

For the company and for those who work with us

  1. Define expectations from the start
  2. Be kind and be courteous—respect your peers
  3. Be determined to succeed
  4. Be comfortable with rejection
  5. Learn from mistakes
  6. Be passionate—do not work on something you are not passionate about
  7. Ship sooner instead of later
  8. Do the simple things first — work effectively
  9. Provide constructive peer-criticism
  10. Offer solutions and opportunities — do not complain
  11. Keep your eyes on the prize — stay focused
  12. Manage for the mission — say no more than yes
  13. Never stop wanting to learn new things

For products, for design and for code

  1. Ship sooner instead of later, but avoid breaking things
  2. Resolve bugs and issues quickly
  3. Do not add arbitrary features
  4. Keep it simple
  5. Less is more—both for design and code
  6. Build loyalty and show empathy — listen to and understand people
  7. The product is never finished — there is only lack of imagination
  8. Fear the right things — “don’t worry about that, worry about this instead”
  9. Do not make people register to try your site
  10. People not users

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