Jon Simpson

To Grow a Company, You Need to be Good at Killing Things

23 Feb 2010

This does not mean you shouldn’t start things - you can start lots of new things as long as you kill them.

I think this is a very important idea with anything where it’s easy to perceive the cost of retention as negligible (especially with continued growth in storage and bandwidth) - asking hard questions about ‘killing things’.

I’ve often felt the real and mental overheads that occur because of the preservation mentality, and it can really help to cut back cruft to leave a solid, simplified core of things worth caring about.