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Summary:

Lots of founders wear sleep deprivation like a badge of honor. Eli Luberoff thinks this is silly and has implemented a “don’t come to work tired” policy at his company, Desmos. In this video interview, he explains how rested employees are more productive.

ELI LUBEROFF

In Silicon Valley, we idolize those who work longer hours and make more sacrifices for their startup. That lifestyle didn’t interest Desmos founder and CEO Eli Luberoff. He needs a solid eight hours each night, so he’s implemented an official don’t come to work tired, go back to bed policy for his company. The result, Luberoff says, is that employees are more productive and happier.

Granted, Desmos, a free online graphing calculator, is in the education space, where quality is rewarded over speed and there aren’t 18 similar apps vying for market share. But there’s a kernel of truth in what Luberoff says, which creates a teachable moment for the Valley.

In this episode of See Founders Run, Luberoff talks about sleep martyrdom and how to avoid it.

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  1. > Granted, Desmos, a free online graphing calculator, is in
    > the education space, where quality is rewarded over speed
    > and there aren’t 18 similar apps vying for market share.

    What a stupid thing for the author of this article to say, because intelligent people don’t get into businesses with “18 similar apps vying for market share.”

    Thus, there is more than just “*a kernel* of truth in what Luberoff says”. Add exercise and healthy eating to the list too. Have you ever seen the junk food at most start ups (donuts, pizza, beer)? Sedentary lives add to high BMI and obesity. The image of obesity is the antithesis of “lean startup”. The author of this article could have done much more with this story but instead it looks like link bait.

  2. Chris Albrecht Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Yikes, Daniel, I don’t know if it was a “stupid” thing for me to say.

    1. chris, yes, it was pretty bad. decades of research proves there is more than a “kernel of truth” to his thought that sleep matters. a daily nap is the best ROI in the world

      1. Chris Albrecht eric Thursday, July 19, 2012

        It was less about the obvious importance of sleep, and more about how his company doesn’t necessarily face the same time pressures as other startups in the consumer space. Perhaps “kernel” was too small a word.

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