Role Models

I was asked who my role models are in a phone interview recently. I said Elon Musk and Matt Mullenweg.

I didn’t think too much about the question at the time because I know it’s on my blog’s about page.

If you work in tech, you meet a fair number of people who want to be Steve Jobs.

Stephen Cohen: You need to avoid people who are likely to blow things up. One key question to ask is: how does this person see themselves? One trendy answer that people seem to have is: I see myself as Steve jobs. Absent context, someone seeing himself as the next Steve Jobs is neither bad nor good. It just is. But in context, it might be a disaster. If you have a team of 10 people trying to build product consensus, imagine what happens if all of them are Steve Jobs. It’d be a nightmare. At best you’d have nine pissed off people and one very insecure guy who got his way. — Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup – Class 5 Notes Essay

To all the kids out there that want to be Steve, always remember: Steve Jobs is a nice benchmark, but the idea is to do all the cool things he did without being an asshole.

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  1. Matt Mullenweg is by far the most humble person I have ever met. When he came down to Cape Town for WordCamp in 2008 we took him out to Asoka (I think Asoka). Most of the well known bloggers in SA where there for the evening and were expecting him.

    When we arrived, a young lady introduced herself to Matt and asked who he was (she didn’t know, poor soul) and he responded in a way that I will never forget. The Founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, simply introduced himself as Matt, a blogger. That’s it. Instant humility check for myself right there!

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