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Dharmesh

Insight From Dropbox: Failure Is Not The Worst Option, Mediocrity Is Manager's Choice

Founder and CTO at HubSpot

Greetings,

Hope you're having a great Monday.

Just posted a recent article to OnStartups that I think you'll enjoy. It talks about a lesson inspired by Drew Houston the founder of Dropbox.

http://bit.ly/gOqRVE

It's not the usual "How To Do [X]" kind of OnStartups article, but I think you'll enjoy it. It has already sparked some useful discussion.

Enjoy.

-Dharmesh

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  • April 18, 2011
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  • Scott M.

    Scott

    Scott M.

    Owner at YJC, llc

    Dharmesh-

    Thanks for sharing this. Any idea of Dropbox is profitable with 25million users?

  • Rafael F.

    Rafael

    Rafael F.

    Web and Mobile Application Developer

    "Failure lets you move on, mediocrity stalls you and keeps you from reaching your potential."
    Can't agree more.

  • kevin K.

    kevin

    kevin K.

    Management Consultant, writer, past TV show producer,

    i am the founder of lift door
    never heard of db

  • Mike G.

    Mike

    Mike G.

    Project Management (i-Health, Inc.)

    It's a quip done well. The comments are insightful as well.
    It rings very strongly of Seth Godin's book: The Dip, which is a longer version of the same story. But it is a good story.

  • Rhona A.

    Rhona

    Rhona A.

    Project management (PMO / PPM) & customer service specialist | Operations Director at Psoda

    That's a really interesting article, the question it triggered for me is what is mediocrity in terms of our businesses? After all, one man's mediocrity is another's phenomenal success.
    It is certainly something I am going to bring up at the next team meeting. I expect the answers will be interesting.

  • Catherine G.

    Catherine

    Catherine G.

    Discerning & Decisive Stylist & Life Catalyst – English to French Wordsmith - Community/CS/Sales/Leadership

    Stagnation kills. Great post. Merci !

  • Kenneth C.

    Kenneth

    Kenneth C.

    "Main Street," Micro-enterprise ("Mom & Pop") Start-up Business Coach, Advisor, & Mentor (Teleconsultant)

    Henry Ford said, "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."

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