Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

I'd say he's neither great, nor a disaster. Without getting inside his head, it's hard to say if he's very lazy and unmotivated, or if he's so smart because he's experimenting all the time.

Another observation: Being 10x is total contribution, not individual contribution. If you're fast, but others can't read your code, subtract that from the productivity. If you cause other decent performers to quit, subtract that from productivity. If you piss off clients, subtract that from productivity.

That's not to say one can't find a way to make eclectic people useful, but the smart jackass rarely ever lifts an entire team's productivity.

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact