On Wednesday, April 19, I watched my all-time favorite composer Hans Zimmer perform at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. This is the mastermind behind some of the highest-grossing and most critically acclaimed movies of our generation; the genius behind the music of some of my favorite computer games; the gateway to my addiction of endless looping Epic music mixes on YouTube.
This essay captures some of my thoughts on how to manage software products and teams effectively in a scaling environment.
A friend of mine used to be a sales engineer. On business trips, he was assigned an entire team of lawyers, each with a different specialization. His clients were also equipped with the same.
In the negotiation process with deals reaching hundreds of millions of dollars, the lawyers audited every letter, word, and number. He first joked that the lawyers just place roadblocks on everything, then shared:
Their job was to make sure we stayed out of trouble.
And if we got in trouble, their job was to get us out as fast as possible.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Laguna de Arenal, a huge lake in the middle of Costa Rica.
Barton Creek Cave, a natural cave accessible only by water.