The Lunch Editor

Swathi Dharshna Naidu

Slack - Be less busy.

Smart specifically studied how such people made their most difficult decision in judging whether to give money to an entrepreneur or not. You would think that this would be whether the entrepreneur’s idea is actually a good one. But finding an idea is apparently not all that hard. Finding an entrepreneur who can execute a good idea is a different matter entirely. One needs a person who can take an idea from proposal to reality, work the long hours, build a team, handle the pressures and setbacks, manage technical and people problems alike, and stick with the effort for years on end without getting distracted or going insane. Such people are rare and extremely hard to spot.

—Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto (via jacks)

Michael Porter’s Competitive Advantage.

 It is a great “business basics” book. It stuns me when business people lack the simple mentality of a merchant: make something people want to buy for a lower price than you can sell it for. Know what the customer wants and deliver it. Sometimes people make things too complicated. The bottom line is: If you want to sell a product, it either has to be better or cheaper, and if you want to build something sustainable and grand, it has to be special and much, much better!

When you think about how to sell to enterprise it’s about engaging the grass roots AND the IT team and CIO.

— Andy McLoughlin, co founder of Huddle, speaking at London Web Summit.

What world needs

The world does not need more accelerators & “late stage” VC funds who call a $500k investment “growth capital.” We need more mid/large funds