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09/13/07
Sacks interview
Filed under: Work
Posted by: Alan @ 6:24 pm

Super interesting story on Geni’s CEO David Sacks: http://magazine.uchicago.edu/07910/features/take2.shtml

In other words, why the heck would you do another internet startup when you have succeeded building one already (PayPal) and have also produced a Golden-Globe nominated movie Thank You for Smoking

I’ve worked with a bunch of Product Managers at Jamcracker ($140M internet startup/flameout), PayPal and eBay, and David’s by far the best.  Why do I call him a PM when he’s the CEO?  This is by no means a demotion.  It’s recognition of his genius.  He has fantastic intuition for usability; he argues product design with uncommon clarity and logic; he demands rigorous data analysis both before product design and after product launch; he’s willing to change his mind if you come up with a better product design.

Internet startup success is rarely based on just a great idea.  Execution is paramount.  Dave and the Geni team is executing at world-class levels.  I may be a bit biased being employed by David, but I’m also observing from a distance, from Shanghai.  I drink a diluted version of the Koolaid.

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