Pomp was kind enough to invite me on his popular podcast last week. He did a great job asking questions about the kinds of stuff I write about on this blog.
Click here for an interactive video+transcript combo. I’m also including the transcript here.
Pomp: All right guys, bang, bang. I’ve got Liron here. Thank you so much for doing this, sir.
Liron: Hey, my pleasure. I’m a longtime listener.
Absolutely. Well, we’ve known each other for a while now because I had the pleasure of investing in the company you’re running right now but we’ll get to that in a second. Let’s jump right into your background. You’ve got a pretty interesting story where you’re born in Israel and moved to Silicon Valley at the age of four. …
I recently shared this Raises and Promotions Guide with the team at Relationship Hero. Companies who also believe in these principles might benefit from creating a similar guide.
Raises and promotions are a win-win for you and the company. Read on to understand why that’s true, and learn how your next raise and promotion will work.
At Relationship Hero, coaching and management are two parallel tracks that offer similar promotion and raise opportunities.
Beaker Browser is an open-source “peer-to-peer browser for Web hackers” project led by Paul Frazee and Tara Vancil. Here’s the kind of description you can find on the project home page:
The Web should be a creative tool for everyone. Beaker brings peer-to-peer publishing to the Web, turning the browser into a supercharged tool for building websites, files, apps, and more.
Ok… what does any of that mean in terms of an actual use case? We’re off to a vague start.
Here are various features listed on the home page:
When you start a new DM conversation on Slack, the proper etiquette is to send a complete message with enough information for your coworker to reply to or take action on. A complete message looks like this:
Tom: Hey Liron, is it cool if Gil from sales takes the client out to dinner on the company card? What’s the max we can reimburse? Here’s a link to the sales team’s procedure document, maybe we can give them some general guidance on how to handle these situations. [Link]
If Tom is gracious enough to send me a complete message like this, I can reply with a quick “Sure, $500”. Or I can smoothly turn it into a longer discussion: “Hmm, how many of our clients are we planning to do these dinners with?” …
In pondering the Fermi paradox, the confusing fact that humans seem to be the only intelligent life in the observable universe, a popular theory first published by Robin Hanson asserts the existence of an evolutionary leap that’s extremely rare for any species to make. The “Great Filter” is Hanson’s term for this species-killing leap. Check out WaitButWhy’s explanation for more details.
Let’s talk about another Great Filter: the Great Filter of Startups. It’s the evolutionary leap that only a small fraction of startups manage to make. Do you know what I’m referring to?
The Great Filter of Startups is having zero users because you never create value for a single user. …
Here’s the simple process we use to manage projects at my company. You can use it to manage anything.
A project is an outcome we commit to achieving that requires our team’s effort and attention.
A project has one primary owner. The owner is accountable for completing the project, according to its acceptance criteria, by the due date.
A milestone is a partial piece of a project. A milestone works like a project within a project, and managing a milestone works the same as managing a project. …
If you haven’t heard the story: Two of the original Apple geniuses, Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzeld, plus a charismatic business guy named Marc Porat, left Apple in 1990 to start General Magic, a spinoff company making an iPhone-like device using the janky technology of the time. (For context, the first iPhone launched in 2007 and was groundbreaking technology for its time.)
Hey is an email service developed by Basecamp and launched in June 2020. Within 10 days of launching into public beta, they reportedly made their first $1M in revenue by selling over 10,000 subscriptions at $99/yr.
Hey has an opinionated view on what are the most common workflows that people use email for, and builds those workflows as first-class product features.
They do a good job showcasing these features on their How It Works page:
Dropbox Paper launched a few years ago, before I started this blog or had clarified the concept of a “bloated MVP”.
Their home page says “Dropbox Paper is more than a doc — it’s a workspace that brings creation and coordination together in one place.” I always thought it was supposed to be a Google Docs killer with more features.
OpenLand (YC W18) was founded in 2017 and launched their private beta in mid 2019. That’s when I first tried it out, but I waited for them to launch publicly this year to write my MVP review. And here we are.
Their product is basically Slack except with no organizations, just channels and users. It’s impressively modern-looking and feature-rich for an MVP.