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The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company.


Any gig-worker app that cannot make the business model work while paying $15/hour (after expenses!), basic benefits, vacation time, and family leave should not exist. Running a modern-day serf economy behind a slick UI is disgraceful.


Work From Home is crucial step to take for all companies that are able. But let's not pretend that anyone can put in 100% during these times. If you expect everyone to still hit every deadline, nail every commitment, you're delusional, and you need to stop.


European startups are blessed, not cursed, to be away from the echo chamber of San Francisco. Embrace the distance and difference proudly!


Defining the Real Startup as one that has hockey-stick growth out the gate, raises lots of money, forces people to work 80-100h weeks is the same gate-keeping bullshit that casts ideal founders as 20-something white hoodie nerds or Real Programmers as CS grads.


Startups are like any other company - they're either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, I don’t have a problem.

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