April 1, 2022
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Audience Growth Requires Constant Testing and Focusing on Quality

Andrew Grove, the first employee at Intel and its CEO for a decade in the late 80s and 90s, had a unique perspective on business, likely due to his upbringing in Hungary in the 1930s-50s. He argued that long-standing employees at companies risked suffering from “the inertia of success,” which described how employees would hold onto the old way of doing things.

He went on to say that “business success contains the seeds of its own destruction” and that “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” That last sentence became the title of his book.

Ben Clymer is founder and CEO of Hodinkee, a media and commerce company dedicated to the luxury watch market. What started as a personal blog thanks to a watch from his grandfather has turned into a highly respected business that can sell millions of dollars in watches in minutes.

In this episode, we went through the many different facets of the business, but a few things jumped out to me…

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