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Foo Camp: Tech Leadership Hacks

I an running behind, so this is a session from yesterday.

Dave Sifty led the mother-of-all discussions on starting tech companies. He had a huge audience with many successful start up people, including Joe Kraus (Excite, JotSpot), Kim Polese (Marimba, SpikeSource), Lisa Gansky (GNN, Ofoto), Larry Wall (Perl), Esther Dyson, Caterina Fake (Flickr). (Plus many more I have forgot.)

Lots of interesting take aways, including “you can learn more from failure than success,” “in the beginning hiring is very important, and if you make a bad hire, you need to fire that person quickly,” “there are natural inflection points where corporate social dynamics change, and you should know where they are.”

I wish I remembered more. Hopefully someone else blogged this talk.

Off to lunch.

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  1. since I will be attending the three same conferences, let me buy you a beer, I think I owe you one :-)

  2. I am so stupid, this was the wrong blog entry. So sorry :-(