That architecture is all the stuff I spent ten years ranting on this blog about, but y’all don’t listen, so I’m just going to have to build company after company that runs my own wacky operating system, and eventually you’ll catch on. It’s OK to put people first. You don’t have to be a psychopath or work people to death or create heaps of messy code or work in noisy open offices.
hundreds of millions (a poem)
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Remember that half of our (JSE) stock exchange has their primary listings overseas, so are priced offshore rather than in South Africa, if you look at it by free float market cap or if you look at the bulk of the revenues of ALSI fully listed companies those are generated offshore as well.
It’s at least a bit concerning when you realise that the majority of the JSE performance is not in any way due to true South African performance. What does this mean for us in 5 years?
When I was at Microsoft I watched a video of a focus group where they asked people what technology was cool. Everyone talked about things like their iPods. Then the leader asked if any Microsoft products were cool and everyone laughed.
But then, one person in the room said “Microsoft Excel is pretty cool”, and slowly lots of people joined in. It was the only Microsoft product people were willing to call cool.
As the people talked, we started to get a sense for why they thought Excel is cool - Excel enables people to be rockstars at their jobs and get recognition from their peers. Excel makes people feel powerful. Excel is a work tool that people *love* to use.
As a PM of productivity software, I think this is a really important lesson. Many people hate the software they use at work, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you build software that makes people better at their jobs, is well designed, and helps people achieve their goals, you can build business software that people really love.
If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.