Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“Mastery is not referred to the use of any tool. It is a state of the person. And then it permeates the use of *any* tool.” – Stelio Verzera
“As one of our architect users put it in an interview we conducted recently on the value of drawing in the digital age, “When you build a lot of buildings, and you go and visit them, you always think back on that first sketch. Those first few sketches are where the big idea came through.” We found over and over that the act of using sketching as “conversational as opposed to representational,” in the words of another architect, was the key to discovery—when the act of drawing is a means to an end, not the end in and of itself. Through sketching, you locate the idea. Uninhibited sketching is Beethoven’s long walk.”
“Written communication to engineering is superior [to verbal communication] because it is more consistent across an entire product team, it is more lasting, it raises accountability.” – Ben Horowitz
“There is no way to write a six-page, narratively structured memo and not have clear thinking.” – Jeff Bezos
“Reports are more a medium of self-discipline than a way to communicate information.” – Andy Grove
“I find that you can tell a lot more about a person’s personality from a few paragraphs of their writing than from a lengthy verbal interview” – Phil Libin
“We can help companies (and ourselves) a lot more if we have standard ways to connect with sales, service and product and service development functions — and they with us. Then “Markets are conversations” will finally mean what it’s failed to mean for the last sixteen years.”