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Kahan wrote that not only did the findings surprise him, they embarrassed him.
“I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension,” Kahan wrote.
“But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the tea party,” he continued. “All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the ‘paper’ (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused Internet sites like Huffington Post and POLITICO). I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly, I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.”
1) things that work well at small scale break at large scale - you need different people, processes, and systems as a company grows
2) you need to instrument your system so you can see when things are reaching the breaking point, well before they break - you need to implement employee feedback systems, ideally real time systems, so you can measure how a team is functioning over time
3) there is always one problematic component in a system that causes the majority of the scaling problems and must be rewritten - team members, particularly super talented ones, that cause friction and pain in the organization need to be transitioned out, no matter what the cost
4) there is no silver bullet to scaling systems - there is no such thing as a “world class CEO” who will solve all of a company’s management problems
5) loose coupling of components is critical, you can’t have one component fail and take down the entire system - build resiliency into your organization, processes, and systems
6) blameless post-mortems are the key to learning from a tech ops crisis - fear driven organizations do not scale
7) over-reacting to a crisis is likely to make it worse - calm in the face of adversity is one of the signature traits of great organizational leaders
8) overbuilt systems are hard to implement, manage, and scale - build the organization you need when you need it, not well in advance of when you need it
“There’s a 0.00006% chance of building a company that will grow to be worth more than a billion dollars. Even if you do raise money and sell a company or take it public, your median time to doing that is probably 49 months. Assuming there are three founders, your median expected payoff would be $300,000 each — that’s the equivalent of $73,000 a year. And the probability of making nothing is 67%. So if your motivation for doing a startup is financial reward, you’re better off going to Google, a hedge fund, choosing a career with stable income potential.”
One of the key players in this field is the Melbourne, Florida-based Harris Corporation, which has been awarded almost $7 million in public contracts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2001, mostly for radio communication equipment. For years, the company has also designed software for the agency’s National Crime Information Center to track missing persons, fugitives, criminals, and stolen property.
This absolutely amazing and terrifying prank, where a girl with telekinetic powers appears to freak out in a coffee shop, is actually a publicity stunt for the upcoming remake of the film Carrie. But that doesn’t make it any less entertaining or awesome. Make sure you watch it all the way through, too, it just gets better and better.
"The quick pivots, the exhausting product/engineering sprints, the rapid fire innovation, the missionary zeal, etc work so well in the early days but they get old quickly and they don’t scale. At some point calm, rational, supportive, and highly communicative management skills are required. And learning those on the job is hard."
"It’s postseason baseball time. So I will use a baseball analogy here. The starter rarely pitches a complete game. Most times the winning team will leverage both a great start and a great close from two different pitchers. And there are plenty of both in the hall of fame."