Side Projects Should Be Stupid


(Salim Virani) #1

"There are so many startup success stories out there now that people think there must be a recipe for how to build toward a multi-million dollar exit. In fact, a lot of blog posts, books and speakers espouse formulas that they swear will work. But van Schneider disagrees. “When I look at examples like Sophia and Nasty Gal, I couldn’t write down a plan, give it to someone else and have them repeat it,” he says. “With the biggest successes, that is never the case.”

The article goes on to describe Spotify’s thinking on their internal hackdays, and how side projects fit with different people’s goals.