Much to my chagrin I do not code. Somewhere in the archives of my brain is some C++ I learned back in the stone age (late 90's) but that's about it. I certainly understand the value in knowing how to code at least at a basic level as a Product Manager I just haven’t taken the time to learn yet.& Well I should say I’m trying to learn and so far I’m pleased with the process on Codecademy . I have a long ways to go however.
Hating MBAs is in fashion these days. I'm sure by now you've heard of Guy Kawasaki's famous adage .
For a rough approximation of your valuation, circa 2004, you can also use Kawasaki's Law of Pre-Money Valuation: for every full-time engineer, add $500,000; for every full-time M.B.A., subtract $250,000.
Every developer I know that wants to start a company thinks this is the greatest formula ever developed. Truth be told it's pretty amusing and probably not far from the truth. As I've said before there are no absolutes .
The "no asshole rule" has pretty rapidly ascended from interesting business read to highly overused startup cliche in record time. Every founder seems to have latched onto this in some form or another in their quest to build a truly great company they can be proud to take home to mom and dad. It's a really nice sentiment and in theory a great little guiding principle. No one likes working with that guy. The one that you secretly fantasize about punching in the teeth. The problem is not too many people are always assholes. So in practice sorting out the assholes from the well, not assholes is tough. The only absolute is that there are no absolutes.