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October 13, 2012

“You’ve been sort of trained by circumstances, by school and work, that there is going to be someone who will nag you if you do badly,” he says. “If you’re not delivering, your boss will say, ‘Hey, you’re not delivering,’ and eventually he’ll fire you if you’re not delivering. Here, we don’t fire you. The market fires you. If you’re sucking, I’m not going to run along behind you, saying, ‘You’re sucking, you’re sucking, come on, stop sucking.’ ”

Inside Y Combinator (Vanity Fair)

“Why should a pair of glasses cost more than an iPad? Well one answer is because one company controls a big chunk of the business… a little known but very big Italian company called Luxottica. If you own a nice pair of specs or shades, they’re probably theirs. “

Sticker Shock, Why do Glasses Cost so Much? (CBS Interview)

 

The #1 company-killer is lack of market.

Andy puts it this way:

  • When a great team meets a lousy market, market wins.
  • When a lousy team meets a great market, market wins.
  • When a great team meets a great market, something special happens.

You can obviously screw up a great market — and that has been done, and not infrequently — but assuming the team is baseline competent and the product is fundamentally acceptable, a great market will tend to equal success and a poor market will tend to equal failure. Market matters most.

And neither a stellar team nor a fantastic product will redeem a bad market…

The Only Thing that Matters (Mark Andreessen)

UX Design for Non Designers (Jason Shen)

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