Politics vs Performance

July 20, 2008

Simple-idea-funder Y Combinator attempts to help bored, vested Google programmers by providing a list of startup ideas they’d like to fund.

Many of them are far out.  #5 is a joke; the protective wall is much too thick to do anything serious.

However, some real insight does show up in #14:

The most important of all is the defining flaw of large organizations: you can’t tell who the most productive people are. A small company is measured directly by the market. But once an organization gets big enough that people on in the interior are protected from market forces, politics starts to rule, instead of performance.  


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