Hire people who are better than you.

two stick figure people talking about math

Recently Terence solved a hard image processing problem that has bugged us for years. I’m pretty good at math and image processing, but his advanced technique was a little over my head.

Am I sad that I can’t follow Terence’s mathematical magic? Hell no, it feels great! I love working with people who have skills that I don’t. At Alien Skin I’m surrounded by people who are better than me at design, programming, art, finance, testing, and customer support. I get to learn from them and we accomplish great things.

Being the only smart person in the room sounds fun on paper, but in real life it’s boring and you end up doing all the work. Smart people hire even smarter people.

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About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.


  1. stefano June 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    That’s not true in italy.
    Stupid people fears people with skills, but it’s true that smartest people have to do all works.
    Maybe this is the greatest problem of our country.
    By the way, I will buy exposure in my next office, great time saver and flexible tool.
    best regards

  2. Phil August 27, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Hi, I completely agree!
    Apparently Phil Libin does the same and is quite happy to be the “dumbest person at Evernote”.
    I suspect that’s false modesty on his part – Evernote seem to be doing very well. 🙂

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