Re-examining talkers vs doers

There has been a lot of discussion about talkers vs doers in the startup ecosystem. Talkers are the sales people, the CEOs if you like. Doers are often the tech people.

The talkers tend to have an ‘ask the community’ approach to everything.

Perhaps the talkers have over-indexed on always asking for help. They are in a power-law system and there can be only one top-dog. For simple systems always asking for help can work. But this does not scale.

Moreover doers cannot put up with this level of noise and still build the products.

[This article is part of the Innovation Snippets series]

Retention

The keys to user retention in a consumer product are:

  1. A difficulty level which puts the user right on the edge of failure.
  2. Some tangible reward in at least one of the major product dimensions.

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Poor choices

Some people consistently make poor choices. Making decisions is a skill. We are not just victims of circumstance. Learn to make good decisions. Make decisions decisively. Move on – operate your decision. Monitor your progress over time. Don’t let the learning process hamstring your ability to move forwards.

[This article is part of the Innovation Snippets series]