5 Learnings After 5 Years — Becoming a Successful Engineering Leader at a SaaS Startup

  1. Emotional intelligence is far more important than any other type of intellect you posses; it is the key that unlocks your full potential.
  2. Stagnation will lead to collapse; never accept a plateau in performance.
  3. An awesome idea can evolve into an equally incredible product but that does not mean it will be a success; success requires a commercial vision and plan, which is likely driven by product and engineering.
  4. Plan for scale, in every aspect of what you do; if you are not prepared for the eventual success of your product then it will never succeed.
  5. Know when to let go; holding on too tight to a single idea or approach can create a level of toxicity that no team or product can survive.

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