Monthly Archives: December 2013

5-second innovation lesson from Chad Dickerson

No matter where you work, it’s difficult to focus on the future when you’re fighting fires every day. This quote, from an Inc. magazine interview with Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, holds a good lesson for startups and established companies alike:

By the summer of 2009, we were losing our minds; the site was blowing up every day. I started a small group of the best engineers, and I called it the Breakfast Club. I said, ‘I know you don’t like to get up early, but I want you to come here for breakfast three days a week, and we’re going to talk about the future only, nothing about what’s going on. We’re going to build the Etsy future.’

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