Best 27 Quotes & Tweets on Workforce

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1

Companies so eager to only hire senior people often forget that unlearning what doesn't apply can take longer than learning what does.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

2

It's the worst of times and the best of times in tech right now. Big tech and a horde of zombie unicorns, backed by vulture capital, are spoiling our internet, stealing our data, and robbing their workers. But there's finally a seed of hope in the awareness that's growing.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

3

Whenever I hear that the average employee turn-over in technology is two years, I wonder how anyone gets anything done.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

4

In the land of blockchains, developers are legislators, miners are executors, and users are judges. All are free to come and go.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

You cannot sustain attention. You can only repeatedly bring your attention back to the same thing. This is one reason breaking a task into chunks can be helpful. Each chunk gives you something “new” to focus on while remaining committed to the same old task.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

It’s interesting that so many essential workers are paid minimum wage, and so many non-essential workers are paid far more.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

7

Companies describing workers getting a better offer as "poaching" reveal exactly what they think: Employees are animals. THEIR animals.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

8

There's never been a better or more prosperous time in tech to allow employees the freedom to follow their conscience. You absolutely do not have to work for the surveillance state, programming censorship apparatus, or writing defensive press releases to find employment.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

9

Increasing price of oil gave us fracking. Increasing price of unskilled labor will give us robots. Education is hard, but the only way out.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

A 4-Part Theory: 1. Recruiting is hard, but very important. 2. The best employees are 10-100x better than average ones. 3. The best employees want to work on the hard and interesting problems. 4. The harder the challenge, the EASIER it is to build a billion dollar company.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

11

The banality of evil is on fine display amongst most Big Tech workers. It’s not like we set the strategy! We just make the trains run on time! It can’t be our responsibility to consider where those trains are headed.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

12

There will come a day when all unskilled labor is eliminated and we look back in horror at the days before everyone was a skilled creator.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

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.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

14

It’s a good thing Big Tech salaries are what they are. It’s probably a lot easier to drown the existential dread that is working for these companies with expensive champagne than with cheap beer. BUT I JUST WORK HERE soothes better when drunk in either case.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

15

The quality of a company’s employees is much more predictive of its success than the quality of its founders and investors.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

Successful distributed work is a result of coordinated asynchronous communication.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

17

Maybe if more men rejected the virtue of being married to the job, we’d also have fewer predators expecting sexual favors from it.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

18

Codes of Conduct aren’t just there to protect marginalized groups but also to make the working atmosphere enjoyable for everyone else.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

19

The hoops of education are pointless because they signal that a student can put their head down and commit to monotonous tasks — which is exactly what most employers want.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

20

Problems with modern universities: • Thousands of colleges teach basic classes like Econ 101 in parallel. • They are slow to shift resources in response to changes in the labor market. • Zero communication with alumni to solicit feedback after graduation. We can do better.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

21

Believing that technology will create permanent unemployment is the same as believing that people can't be educated to build technology.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

22

The problem with inequality in the U.S. isn't that tech workers should be brought down, but that everyone else should be brought up.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

23

1) Operational excellence is an under-rated competitive edge. 2) In public markets, arbitrage human behavior. In private markets, monopolize access to high-quality talent. 3) The most valuable ideas are shared in whispers.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

24

Less labor, more leverage.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

25

Everyone in a company sells.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

26

Labor is the price, leverage is the prize.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

27

Trade labor for leverage: Build systems, products, media and brands.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher