10 thoughts on “What Startups Can Learn From Celebrity Meltdowns”

  1. Prima-donnas have a place in society (individual contributors) just not in team based endeavors such as startups.

  2. “We are seeing Facebook build an amazing team that works in perfect harmony.” While this may be true within the company simply because they have 600mil users does not, in any way, imply harmony. It is also an staggeringly arrogant statement.
    “From a tech perspective, the spoiled star-syndrome shows up when an engineer or a product manager or a designer start to act “entitled” and begin believe he is not only awesome, but he is actually superior to others on his team.”
    Sounds like someone we both know. He was kicked out of his own company. He came back a few fears later and from what I understand has been completely re-inventing what a personal portable computer can be ever since. Jobs, Steve Jobs. In fact I believe you were there this morning when he made history.


    I am with @ciprian the world needs it’s rock stars, prima ballerinas, and its divas. If for no other reason than to leave an example, however bad it may be, for the future generations.

  3. Two words: manic-depressive. I don’t know why people don’t see it with Sheen, Your point about bad team members with delusions of grandeur, well the hiring process probably rewards those people just because they stand out from the pack with a surplus of confidence.

    1. I think that is one of the key things one needs to watch for when hiring such a person. It is an important enough characteristic to try and catch as early as possible. The clues are there — especially when you are interviewing someone and asking them about how they plan to fit into the team.

  4. Um, this article needed to be written? The author must fall into the prima donna “everyone cares about what I think, even the smallest thoughts” category himself.

  5. I cannot disagree with you more, talent is and always has been the difference. Feel free to purge them from your ranks, I am looking to hire.

    PROTIP: If you do not have the social/people skills to deal with talent, then let them work remote. We have the technology.

    1. I think there is a big difference between talent and folks who think they are talented and better than someone else and have a tough time working with others.

      I have seen this multiple times – things almost always go wrong when you got folks which are less willing to work with others.

  6. While Sheen’s actions may be selfish, it’s the managers who shut down the show. A lot of folks are blaming Sheen for shutting down the show, but he never had that power. The decision to stop business and put everyone else out of work rests with the CBS and Warner execs.

    I think it’s a bit disingenuous to blame someone for acting the way people love to see him in character – which was in turn based upon his way of life. He is who he is.

  7. I totally agree with the theme of the article . I am myself in a start up n understand all ego should take back seat for the betterment and success of the company . Individualism will only lead to down fall……………

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