Technology Entrepreneurship and Product Management Leadership Lessons from Adobe's Scott Belsky
If you want to better understand what you do and why you’re doing it, write about it. writing is such an underrated form of discovery.
once people stop feeling comfortable sharing crazy ideas - in a company or in a society - your best days are behind you.
key attributes of cultures optimized for progress include creating a space full of trust, free of self-consciousness, flush with benefit of the doubt, and a deep value for listening, dialogue, and debate.
observed: giving attribution for success improves a system, taking credit weakens it. (and when things go wrong, systems improve when we take credit for mistakes, w/o needing to be given it.)
thinking: at some point, technologies - and even operating systems - that don’t accommodate/embrace web3 values/elements (NFTs as keys to unlock experiences, pseudonymous mode and multiple identities, portability of virtual goods…) will become vulnerable to alternatives that do.
finally, the dominant social platforms and OS’s - as vertically integrated and ecosystem-advantaged as they are - don’t seem so infinitely impenetrable. it’s pretty exciting to have some flux and blue sky possibilities these days. about time, as it elevates what’s possible.
if you're building something new and VCs tell you "well, [big company who owns platform] could just do that themselves," remind them of a common truth: incumbent's execution risk > startup's platform risk.
what an artist knows about their work matters more than what an audience sees. one of the greatest dramas of artists I know is keeping this true, especially in age of social media that amplifies the audience voice.