Don’t be a startup martyr, get some sleep!

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.