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March 22, 2012

Matt Haughey

Matt Haughey’s “Lessons from 40 year old” at Webstock ’12. Good stuff.

We have this huge culture around big ideas and big valuations, big funding events, and big IPOs. It’s all about going big and going fast, working insane hours and hoping to sell out for insane amounts of money.

To me this represents a tiny sliver of the industry, but there’s no real places that cover self-funded sites that are successful. There’s no mention of long term goals or long term plans for most sites. I didn’t think of MetaFilter as a long term project on day one of the site, but very early on I did see the possibility of it lasting and that influenced my decision making.

Thirteen years later, I’m being rewarded for that kind of outlook and I think it’s an important one worth discussing.