Do you know the best thing about startups?
You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances them both.
– Ben Horowitz – The Hard Thing About Hard Things
To put the book “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” into context it’s important to know a little bit about the author, Ben Horowitz. Personally I knew about him from his arguably industry leading VC firm Andressen Horowtiz firm which he founded along with Netscape cofounder Marc Andressen. Previous to that venture he founded the cloud infrastructure company Loudcloud and took it through a rollercoaster existence seeing it swing from success to failure and finally to a $1.6 billion cash exit to Hewlett Packard. Basically he’s a guy that’s done some real things.
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato
I’m currently working with a startup in Edmonton that is going through really strong growth in its team. One of the side effects of this is a lot more potential for distraction in the office (if there’s n people in an office there are n(n-1)/2 potential conversational pairs). With all this additional potential for activity in the office we’ve been thinking a lot about how to allow (and encourage) developers to reach that deep state of flow needed to produce good code more frequently and for longer periods.