Laughter is the Best Medicine

CEO gives funny startup founder philosophy & productivity tips – Vooza

I’m very anti schedule. The worst thing
when, you’re in the middle of like a, great work
conversation or a groove of getting things done. And then
you’re like, oh yeah, I’ve got that court date for that
hit and run. You’re like, ugh. Here we go
again. Look at Marrisa Meyer at CEO. She’s getting so
many kudos for being CEO while pregnant, you know?
But I’ve been CEO of Vooza for years now with multiple
STDs. There’s no Time magazine article about it. But,
when you’re the little guy you’ve gotta be scrappier.
Well, people tell me I need an assistant, but I don’t want one,
you know? I prefer to be unresponsive and
neglectful until people get the idea they’re not important to me.
I’ve found that if you don’t answer emails, it
actually trains people to leave you alone. My kids aren’t crazy
about that but, you know, it’s more of a French
parenting style. Not being around. I love communicating
with email because it doesn’t interrupt anyone,
you know? Sometimes people try to talk to me in real
life and I’m like, I don’t think that’s gonna happen. People wonder how I’m
so productive. And the key is, I spend 12 hours a day reading articles about
productivity. Didn’t just happen overnight. I worked at
it. Well, I see my role as standing at the
intersection of technology and the humanities. So I’ll
be talking to a programmer, and I’ll be like, hey, how can
we make your code seem more like poetry? And then
I’ll read him a poem. Robert Frost, or Rumi. Baudelaire.
Or I’ll go up to someone writing copy for the
website, I’ll be like hey, how can we make this copy sound more
like it was written by a robot? And then we’ll do
the robot. I look to chefs for inspiration. You know,
people like Mario Batali and David Chang, you
know. You can see it in how I program. You know, when I program I’m usually wearing a hair
net. And I’m surrounded by Guatemalans. Some people talk about work, life balance.
You know, I’m more of a believer in work, work harder
balance. Some people aren’t used to an environment where
excellence is expected from them. And those are the kind of
people that we have here at Vooza, you know? Nothing’s
expected. I interviewed everyone who works here myself, and my
criteria was, would I wanna get a beer with this person? You
know, even if they didn’t work here. And if the
answer was yes then I’d be, you’re hired. You know.
Let’s end the interview early. Let’s go drink. Let’s come in to work at 9AM drunk.
Shots, now. I, don’t think I have a problem.
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