I link to Joel Spolsky essays quite frequently (I find them often insightfull even if Joel can be much too self-promoting for my tastes).
Well member f0dder
on our forum posted a link on a recent forum thread
, to a blog that rips into Joel with some serious skill and humour. For your consideration is this terrific autopsy with commentary on an essay Joel wrote on hiring people:
Am I the only person who’s sick of watching people like Joel On Software spew obvious nonsense? Starting a business is about not throwing away your budget. Most of us don’t have a several year old blog full of other nonsense to convince VCs to recapitalize us just because we lit our first budget on fire to watch the pretty dollars burn.
>“The Aeron chair has, sadly, been tarnished with a reputation of being extravagant, especially for startups.“
Because it is, you douche. It’s an EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLAR CHAIR. YOU DO NOT NEED AN EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLAR CHAIR.
What can I say other than I have a new blog to read on a regular basis. Great stuff.
ps. In this long and very entertaining piece there are also some nice book recommendations.