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How to be more innovative | Sam Schillace (Microsoft deputy CTO, creator of Google Docs)

Jan 11, 2024
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Sam Schillace, Deputy CTO at Microsoft and creator of Google Docs, discusses the journey of building Google Docs, the importance of embracing failure and taking risks, the significance of disruptive innovation, trade-offs between Google Docs and Microsoft Excel, the early days of Ajax, and the value of playing with technology.
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Quick takeaways

  • Undervaluing things you're good at can lead to missing out on valuable and fulfilling work.
  • Embracing failure and taking risks is crucial for personal and professional growth.

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The Value of Doing What You Enjoy

The speaker emphasizes that people tend to undervalue things they're good at and think work has to be unpleasant. They suggest doing the thing you enjoy, even if it feels easy and fun, because it can be valuable and fulfilling. The key is to do it to the best of your ability and with dedication.

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