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The Heretic is a daily dispatch about entrepreneurship, the art of the start and doing the work by Pascal Finette. It’s raw, unfiltered and opinionated. It’s coming from someone who has walked in your shoes — and continues to do so. It’s therapeutic. All straight to your inbox. You will like it. As do these fine folks!

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the fabled idea of “moonshots”. The crazy ambitious projects which aim to solve the world’s biggest problems once and for all, using breakthrough technologies.

I start to believe that we have the process largely backwards.

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The Job of a CEO

Mon, Oct 17, 2016

In response to my last post on “Know Your Sweetspot (And Act Accordingly)” I received a bunch of email from founders saying that they feel stuck in the conundrum of doing what is required of them (given the stage of the company) and wanting to keep doing what they truly love doing.

As the company grows, founders often find themselves at a crossroad: Become a “CEO” not just in title but in the way you act, or stick with what you know (and often like).

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Most people have a specific sweet spot when it comes to factors such as the size of the company they work at, the type of work they engage in, the level of support infrastructure they need/want (or don’t) and many other aspects of their work life.

It is fairly rare to find individuals who can go from being an early founder who writes code to the CEO of a thousand people company (arguably the legends of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg are these exceptions).

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Orders of Magnitude

Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Having been part of a series of companies which went through pretty substantial growth spurts (from eBay to Mozilla to Singularity University), I have had the great fortune of not only seeing and learning what works, but also observe what doesn’t.

One of the universal truths for growing companies seems to be the “Orders of Magnitude” rule:

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One of the things you hear founders say regularly is: “We are one big family here at XYZ.”

It’s an odd thing to say.

I get where it comes from—what the founder wants to say is that she cares deeply about her team.

Which is great.

Alas it is either not true—or leads to the demise of the company.

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