tag:gonen.blog,2013:/posts All In 2017-08-19T15:00:07Z tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1184889 2017-08-19T15:00:06Z 2017-08-19T15:00:07Z Risk Perception

Everyone perceives risk differently. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1184714 2017-08-18T15:20:56Z 2017-08-18T15:20:56Z Just Solve One Person's Problem

When starting a company, there really is only one thing you should be focused on: solving a real and tactical problem. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1184446 2017-08-17T15:06:48Z 2017-08-17T15:06:48Z Less is More

We live in a bigger is better society, and this affects everything we do! 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1184180 2017-08-16T15:31:27Z 2017-08-16T20:51:40Z My Summer in San Francisco

While the 14 hours days may feel long in the office, 10 weeks go by incredibly quickly. The days feel long, but life is short. And I am reminded of that today, as I return home from my second summer in San Francisco.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1183758 2017-08-15T14:36:15Z 2017-08-15T14:36:15Z Right and Wrong

Figuring out the difference between "good" and "bad" is an integral and ever evolving aspect of life. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1183257 2017-08-14T14:47:35Z 2017-08-15T09:58:16Z Prioritization

Reflecting on what is important to you is a great way to prioritize your life. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1183047 2017-08-13T14:39:10Z 2017-08-13T14:39:11Z Clarity Brings Complexity
Clarity brings complexity to life. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1182818 2017-08-12T15:36:38Z 2017-08-12T15:36:38Z Staying Curious

As we get older, we tend to ask less questions. We tend to accept the norm. We tend to be comfortable with the norm.

How does this materialize in life?

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1182449 2017-08-11T14:05:10Z 2017-08-11T14:05:10Z What Types of People to Work With

As I've now worked across a variety of companies, of all sizes, I have been exposed to awesome coworkers/managers, as well as some not so awesome ones.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1182108 2017-08-10T14:10:59Z 2017-08-10T14:10:59Z Untold Stories

A few months back I committed to reading (actually listening to audio books) much more often. Before that, I had really fallen off the reading train and had not been reading at all. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1181734 2017-08-09T13:34:26Z 2017-08-09T13:34:26Z A Multiplier

As you develop professionally, and grow from an executor to a manager to a manager of managers and so on, the content of your work changes. The skills needed to be a great executor are different from a great organizational manager.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1181351 2017-08-08T12:36:13Z 2017-08-13T16:18:29Z Learning by Writing

I have always been a proponent of learning by doing. The act of experimenting, testing assumptions, failing, and getting back up again is valuable for developing your personal and professional abilities. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1181213 2017-08-07T13:51:11Z 2017-08-07T13:51:12Z Problem Obsessed

The best product people, I've worked with, are not the ones with the best ideas. In fact, I have found that product people are so focused on understanding and empathizing with problems that they spend far less times talking about solutions.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1181035 2017-08-06T15:55:36Z 2017-08-06T15:55:36Z Pushback

I've always found it really valuable to have that one friend who challenges you, when the time is right, on the way you think and the things you do. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1180552 2017-08-05T16:01:03Z 2017-08-05T16:01:14Z Compartmentalizing

A big determinant of what you end up doing with your life is how your prioritize your time.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1180116 2017-08-04T14:10:26Z 2017-08-04T14:10:26Z Company Values

Your company's "core values" and "mission statement" can have a surprisingly large effect on the behavior and performance of your teams. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1179943 2017-08-03T12:36:18Z 2017-08-03T12:36:18Z Rewards

How much of human behavior can be explained? It is an interesting question, bordering the lines of nature vs nurture, that has no universally accepted answer.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1179512 2017-08-02T13:49:33Z 2017-08-02T13:49:34Z Picking Winners or Avoiding Losers

Predicting the future is really hard. We know that humans are generally not very good at it.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1179166 2017-08-01T12:58:24Z 2017-08-01T12:58:24Z Working for/with the Best People

It is becoming a bit of an overused phrase nowadays to "optimize for people" - aka always try and surround yourself with the absolute "best" people possible. Sure, we are all striving for that. After all...who wants to surround themselves with the worst people? 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1178738 2017-07-31T12:40:17Z 2017-07-31T12:40:17Z The Glue

Anywhere I have ever worked, whether that be a big company like Uber or super small startup or even school club or basketball team, there is always one person who holds the team together. This person is "the glue."

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1178614 2017-07-30T16:48:32Z 2017-07-30T16:48:32Z Fanatics

Passion, in my mind, (combined with luck), separates long term success from failure. "You will never know until you try," right?

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1178352 2017-07-29T15:25:50Z 2017-07-29T15:25:50Z The Hardest Part of Building Anything

There are many operational and technical challenges that come with building any successful business or project. 

“How do I build the backend infrastructure for this app?”
“How do I increase conversion?”
“How do I make this look prettier” 
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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1177961 2017-07-28T14:33:38Z 2017-07-28T14:33:38Z Disruptive Change vs Augmentation

I think that the "Silicon Valley" brand emphasizes "disruptive technologies" aka ones that completely undermine industries and flip things on their backs. Total world shifters - mind benders - things that you only see in movies that truly are able to shift the world. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1177483 2017-07-27T13:45:23Z 2017-07-27T13:45:23Z What seems obvious changes over time

I'm fascinated by the way society perceives the truth. 

First of all, what is the truth? Which parts of the noise are really the facts and laws that govern life? 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1177165 2017-07-26T12:39:55Z 2017-07-26T12:39:55Z Everyone is making things up

We are all told massive lies while we are kids. We are told that as we get older, we will start to learn more about the world and eventually, one day, figure everything out.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1176774 2017-07-25T12:48:43Z 2017-07-25T12:48:43Z Low and High Thresholds

What does it take for you to do something you would not normally be out of your comfort zone? 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1176435 2017-07-24T12:48:36Z 2017-07-24T12:48:36Z Present.

What are you thinking about right now? Are you thinking about what you just ate for breakfast? Or who you will be meeting with for dinner tonight? 

When, if ever, are we completely absorbed in the now - the present? 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1175317 2017-07-23T15:00:04Z 2017-07-23T15:00:04Z Best Buddies

Life is unvarying in that everyone on Earth technically lives. Yet life is individual in that everyone lives differently. Life is a big game. The best “players” live life to the fullest and do not think about anything else because when it comes down to it, the most essential part of life is living. In my life I have learned not just in the textbooks, but also from the people around me. Those people, my best buddy and a great friend have passed down their “cheat codes” for life, most notably the qualities of perseverance, jollity, and philanthropy.

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 Understanding core principles that guide people’s decision making 

Hi I’m Jordan, I love helping people think & grow their products. Hope this helps! You can find me on Twitter and via my Newsletter :)


We live in an exciting time where incremental changes in technology have the potential to have compounding forms of impact. The future is rapidly approaching — and perhaps more so than ever before, we are excited and eager for what is next. In an optimistic sense, the future promises to be brighter and bigger for many of us. 

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Part of persuading others to join you on impossible mountain climbs is the sell that goes into communicating your vision. As a founder of anything, you have the challenge of convincing highly intelligent, busy people that your idea is worth their time. There is so much to do in this world. Already, there are so many companies out there pursuing very honorable, important problems. Even within companies, there is so so much to do.

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