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Working solely on what makes you win (always) seems to be at odds with 20% time, or "slack" (where you focus on whatever you want, regardless of priority)

Curious as to how you reconcile those things.




Good point. In the really early stages of a startup, it would seem best err on the side of focusing on maximizing the potential / value of "what makes you win" given the danger at that stage tends to be doing too many (unfocused) things. I still think "slack" time is important, but only after what "makes you win" is running out of juice or you need a different stepping type / level of stepping stone when expanding (say, when you cross $10,000 users and you've run out of friends / acquaintances to sign up). As you get bigger, it's probably easier to more formally dedicate people and time to "slack"




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